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Crystal Mountain hopes to reopen

Crystal Mountain Resort will remain closed for at least the next two days, but management continues to hold out hope they will be able to open Saturday.

The latest update from dHz Media, the communications company representing the mountain, says all four passengers injured when a double chairlift collapsed last weekend are recovering.

Three of the people injured worked at the mountain, including two members of the ski patrol and one ski instructor. The fourth person injured was a 45-year-old taking lessons.

Only one of the ski patrol members remains in hospital, having suffered some broken ribs, a broken clavicle and damage to the vertebrae in her back. She has recently been taken out of intensive care.

Her husband, the other ski patrol member, sustained bruising on his lower limb but no broken bones.

The 16-year-old ski instructor broke his arm in the fall, and his student sustained broken ribs.

The BC Safety Authority is still trying to get the chairlift working, in order to complete their investigation. More information will be released once that is concluded.

“Until I know our lifts are 100 per cent safe, we will remain closed,” says Mike Morin, general manager of Crystal Mountain Resort.

“We are doing everything in our power to assist the investigation so we can get the resort back up and running as soon as possible.”

They will not make a decision on refunds of discounts for season pass holders until the investigation has been completed. The mountain says its tentative closing date for the season will be March 23.

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