[sponsored by Crystal Mountain]
The 2017-18 winter season has been off to a crazy start at Crystal Mountain, WA! From an early opening to spring-like conditions, it’s felt as if the Northwest has experienced a whole season in just one short month. There’s a silver lining in the later half of this week, but more on that later.
Thanks toCrystal Mountain’s 29 new SMI SuperPuma Snowguns, they’ve been open daily since Nov. 15 with top to bottom groomed runs. The Snowmaking System was installed in the summer of 2017 and has increased their snowmaking capabilities by 350% from mid-mountain to the base area. This has allowed Crystal to open their beginner terrain even when mother nature wasn’t sending snow their way.
It’s always a team effort and thanks to the cold temps, Crystal was able to blow snow to make the lower slopes well covered. Unlike other low-altitude resorts in the area that are at the mercy of cold temps and precipitation, Crystal now has eliminated half of that equation to help with early openings and low snow years. Over the past week Crystal Mountain has seen sunshine and warm temps, but later this week the forecast is calling for snow!
Crystal Mountain Resort Owner John Kircher invested over $3 Million into the new snowmaking system to help with coverage when there is no snow in the forecast. That’s not all, since purchasing the resort from Boyne Resorts in March of 2017, Kircher has invested $5 million into five new gondola cars, the new snowmaking system, lights for night skiing, a new bar at Campbell Basin Lodge and the list goes on.
More is in store for the future of Crystal Mountain Resort now that the resort is privately and locally owned by John Kircher, a Seattle resident himself. As it seams many ski resorts are now under corporate ownership, Crystal Mountain Resort’s main goal as a locally owned resort is to continue to provide a top-notch guest experience. So whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or somebody who enjoys an occasional scenic gondola ride or casual hike during the summer, you can expect to see continued improvements in the coming years.
If you’re looking to hit the slopes in the PNW, you’re going to want to check Crystal Mountain Resort, WA out!