Crystal Mountain closed for remainder of season following chairlift accident

Crystal Mountain Resort announced today that it will remain closed for the rest of the 2013-2014 winter season.

Crystal Mountain Resort announced Thursday that it will remain closed for the rest of the 2013-2014 winter season.

The BC Safety Authority has yet to conclude its investigation into the cause of the incident that involved the double chairlift on Saturday, March 1, and Mike Morin, general manager at Crystal Mountain Resort, believes it will likely to extend into next month.

“We might have been able to open for one last weekend at best but the chances of that happening are slim,” said Morin. “Pending the scope of the investigation, it seemed unrealistic to try and rush the process to be open for just a couple of days.”

Crystal Mountain’s last day was scheduled for March 23. The resort opened for 52 days out of a possible 66 days. Season pass holders will be credited for the shorten season. Pass holders can expect to receive a letter advising how much credit will be applied towards a Crystal Mountain Resort Season Pass for next year.

All staff have been notified of the closure and their termination of employment. This gives all staff the opportunity to seek alternative employment immediately and/or apply for Employment Insurance.

“This way nobody is left in limbo. The majority of our staff are seasonal and have their own plans for Spring. Some of them are already working,” said Morin. “We love our staff and our loyal visitors and have made these decisions with their best interests in mind.”

All four injured victims who were directly impacted by the incident have been released from hospital and are recovering at home.

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