Video: Massive Avalanche Destroys Ski Lift

An avalanche destroyed a chairlift at Crystal Mountain near Mount Rainier in Enumclaw, Wash., on Monday, March 10. This video, a mix of footage from a ski patroller’s phone seconds after the slide and helicopter and drone shots from the following day, shows the carnage.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the avalanche, which was set off intentionally after the resort was closed to the public. The High Campbell lift, known as chair six, was destroyed in the slide that was much larger than expected. —Sean McCoy

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.