- New base>summit tram, gondola, and chairlifts
- More lodging, base area amenities
On the heels of the recent announcement by Alterra Mountain Co. to take over Washington’s Crystal Mountain, local skiers and snowboards are already pondering what the new owners may bring to the table.
As Washington’s largest resort, Crystal Mountain is very popular for its proximity to Seattle and consistent snowfall. With the pledge made by Alterra to funnel $550 million into their IKON resorts over the next 5 seasons, Crystal Mountain will be able to finally fulfill their masterplan.
The sale of Crystal Mountain comes only a season after John Kircher bought out the ski area. Alterra Mountain Co. purchasing Crystal Mountain also raises the competition with Vail Corp. who just bought Steven’s Pass this year, another favorite Washington ski area. So what could be possible with all this newly available capital for Crystal Mountain?
In terms of enhancing terrain and increasing uphill capacity, Crystal Mountain is hoping to add a tram from the base area to the mountain’s summit. Additionally, two more lifts could be constructed, one to connect the upper mountain Green Valley area to the base, and another so skiers might be able to explore across the highway in Bullion Basin.
“The Master Development Plan called for the addition of six new chairlifts, a year round tram from base to summit, new lodging, an on-mountain restaurant, and additional service and maintenance facilities. The implementation of the approved plan began the summer of 2007 with the addition of the Northway chairlift. The most recent addition was the $6 million dollar Mt. Rainier Gondola which was installed during the summer of 2010. A new waster-water treatment plant was installed the summer of 2012 paving the way for a new hotel and additional base area infrastructure.” – Crystal Mountain Masterplan
If Alterra doesn’t want to go all-in yet on developing new terrain or chairlifts, Crystal Mountain does have three chairlifts that could be updated. Skiers and snowboarders may be anxious to see what the new corporation will bring to their beloved ski area, so let’s all hope for preserving the wonderful unique qualities Crystal Mountain has, and not another overdeveloped playground for the elite.
Find the entire plan here: Crystal Mountain Master Development Plan