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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 11:42 am 
I just came across a couple of old photos I took of the Pilchuck ski area in 1969. I had shutter problems with my old camera when it got cold & that resulted in a dark area on the right.  This is the main base area, about 100 feet above the existing parking lot.  The A-frame building is now down near the Mountain Loop highway and is a rental cabin on the river.
Pilchuck 2/22/1969
Pilchuck 2/22/1969
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Pilchuck 2/22/1969

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:22 pm 
neat!  thanks for sharing.

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 2:58 pm 
Thanks Schroder.  It looks like they had plenty of coverage that year.

I skiied there once but I am not sure what year.  It could have been in 1969.

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PostThu Aug 30, 2012 7:45 am 
Would you mind if I used these photo's on the 'lost ski area' site?

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PostThu Aug 30, 2012 8:45 am 
hyak.net wrote:
Would you mind if I used these photo's on the 'lost ski area' site?

Not at all. Sorry for the poor quality.

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PostSun Nov 17, 2013 10:19 pm 
I just dug up the photos from my first hike up Pilchuck in 1986, about 8 years after it closed. I thought it was interesting because it's almost the same view as the one you posted above.
October 11, 1986
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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 10:04 am 
It was a small but quite fun and challenging ski area. At one point the lift spanned a chasm and you rode the chairs without safety bars some 150' above the chasm.

It was such a low ski area that we used to figure there had to be rain and snow mixed in Seattle for good powder snow at Mt. Pilchuck. Still, I skied some good powder there. It's heyday was during a cold period locally. When poorer years came it really didn't get enough snow.

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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 11:44 am 
gb wrote:
At one point the lift spanned a chasm and you rode the chairs without safety bars some 150' above the chasm.

There was a young skier that slipped out of the chair over this chasm and was hanging by his hands. Gary Barrett, who ran the ski school and managed the area, was in a lower chair and went hand-over-hand on the cable to that chair and rescued him.

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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 12:22 pm 
Skied a lot of rocks  and sticks up there myself  smile.gif

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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 1:35 pm 
I just came across a little more history here:
Mount Pilchuck

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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 7:44 pm 
That had some interesting reading in it, especially the last paragraph describing the runs. I'm not a skier, but that would not make me want to go there!

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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 8:42 pm 
Thanks for sharing!

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PostTue Nov 19, 2013 11:20 am 
Schroder wrote:
I just came across a little more history here:
Mount Pilchuck

Speaking of rain as in the article, there was one particular storm (I don't remember the date) while the ski area was operating that dumped 14" of rain in 24 hours at Verlot. Until the storm that dumped 18" in 36 hours at Rainier a few years ago that was the most rain I ever heard of locally. Skiing must have been awesome. hockeygrin.gif

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PostTue Nov 19, 2013 2:08 pm 
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problems renewing the ski area operating permit led to the area's closure

http://www.mountpilchuck.com/lodgehistory.htm

Why would getting a renewal become an issue?

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PostTue Nov 19, 2013 4:49 pm 
Thanks for the link Schroder.

If the ski area was located in Mt. Pilchuck State Park then why was the forest service involved?

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