Crystal Mountain Celebrates 50th Anniversary Saturday

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012

Crystal Mountain Resort Celebrates 50 Years of Skiing

Crystal Mountain, WA– Crystal Mountain Resort opened for skiing in December 1962 with two lifts, one T-bar and seven rope tows. Today Crystal Mountain has 10 chairlifts, including the state’s only eight-passenger gondola. Crystal Mountain Resort opened for its 50th season on November 21, 2012, and will celebrate its anniversary on Saturday, December 15. The day will start with giveaways around the mountain and end with a celebration in the Bullwheel beginning at 7 p.m. The evening party, for those 21 and over, will provide fun entertainment including live music by FreddyPink, an interactive photo booth, giveaways, dancing, food and drink specials and so much more.

Over the past five decades Crystal Mountain has made many improvements to the area such as adding high speed lifts, including the Rainier Express chair which was installed in 1988 and was the first high-speed quad in Washington, along with the Forest Queen Express, Chinook Express and Green Valley lifts. The base are facilities were expanded and a 12,500-square-foot lodge was added mid-mountain. Most recently under John Kircher's leadership, the Mt. Rainier Gondola and Northway chairlifts were added. Boyne Resorts purchased Crystal Mountain in 1997 and has invested more than $30 million in the area.

Since opening the resort has received 135 inches of snowfall and is enjoying a great start to the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season.

“A lot has changed over the past 50 Years, but we’re also proud of what hasn’t. The amazing terrain, scenery and people are truly what makes Crystal Mountain so special,” says Marketing Director Tiana Enger. “My parents taught me to ski at Crystal when I was only 2 years old and I've witnesses many changes and improvements growing up here over the years. While our beginnings may have been humble, Crystal Mountain has grown into an amazing year-round resort and I'm proud to call it home."

December 15, 2012 Event Schedule:
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.: Chairlifts are open for skiing with giveaways and prizes around the mountain.
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.: Private Event at the Bullwheel
7:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M.: Bullwheel opens to public for a celebration with live music, a photo both & more.

Just two hours southeast of Seattle, Crystal offers visitors spectacular views, world-class skiing, fine dining and an outdoor escape from everyday life. Originally focused on skiing and winter sports alone, Crystal has grown to include a full array of summer activities for all walks of life, including scenic rides on the state’s first gondola that whisks visitors to 6,872 feet, gourmet dining at Washington’s highest restaurant, unparalleled views of Mt. Rainier, hiking, biking, horseback riding, disc golf and so much more.

Crystal Mountain, owned and operated by Boyne Resorts, is a proud partner in recreation with the U.S. Forest Service. Boyne Resorts is a family-run company that has 10 resort properties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Seattle-based John Kircher acts as President of Boyne and General Manager of Crystal. Crystal Mountain is located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.