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Changes at Crystal Mountain

New Season Passes and Improvements

Our family loves to ski and snowboard — we never miss a season. Crystal Mountain has some of the best terrain for winter sports throughout the Pacific Northwest and attracts advanced skiers, boarders, and other winter enthusiasts from around the country each year.

Last year, the Kircher family sold Crystal Mountain to Alterra Mountain Company so we wanted to understand and share what this means to visitors who return each year.

Since Alterra-owned properties are anchored in North America but also span the globe, the season passes extend beyond any single resort, including Crystal Mountain.

Property Upgrades and Improvements

Crystal has added new attractions to keep you and your family entertained and safe on the mountain. They’ve spent $4.6 million, improving visitor purchasing and wait times, and increased accessibility to lifts.

We’ve previously written about the gondola rides — the new owners have added 12 new gondola cabins. They have also installed a new 200-foot Sunkid conveyor by the Discovery lift to provide visitors a better transition before getting on a chairlift. The terrain park Silver Park is moving to Quicksilver for direct chairlift access. They’ve added more snowcats and two new pick-points so groomers can have better access to the Green Valley Bowl, and they added a new shuttle truck to the fleet to decrease wait times at the shuttle stops. To learn more about these improvements, visit Crystal Mountain’s news page.

Crystal Mountain Passes and Pricing

Pricing used to be set at a fixed rate – more or less – for a day pass any day of the week. Crystal rarely offered discounts with this structure. Alterra established varying prices from weekday to weekend rates which also fluctuate from month to month.

Winter Resorts Included

While the pricing is higher for a season pass, the passes go much further, allowing skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the slopes beyond Crystal Mountain in Washington on multiple properties throughout some of North America’s best resorts, including Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resorts in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain Resort, June Mountain, and Big Bear Mountain resorts in California; Snowshoe, West Virginia; Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and in Canada two more resorts – Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario. With the unrestricted Ikon Pass, there are even more resorts with no blackout dates.

Passes

There are two types of season passes – The Ikon Base Pass, priced for the 2019/2020 season at $799 and the Ikon Pass, priced at $1,099 (both passes priced for users 23 and up). There are also Multi-Day pass deals which may be ideal for those who only get out a few times to ski or snowboard.

Day Rates at Crystal

Crystal Mountain has posted day pass rates on their website.

Ikon Pass Blackout dates for 2019 – 2020

Luckily, Crystal Mountain, at the time of this post, is excluded from blackout dates. The less expensive $799 Ikon Base Pass comes with blackout dates — December 26 through January 31, January 18-19, and February 15-16 — for certain ski resorts Alterra owns.

The Ikon Base Pass is good for up to 5 days at select destinations, some of which come with additional blackout dates.

Ikon Pass Student and Military Discounts

During the purchase process, Alterra requires online verification for students and military personnel who can receive an additional $200 discount for the Ikon Base Pass.

For those who do not want a season pass, look out for special discounts. Last spring, we noticed a day pass deal 3 passes for $100. Of course, that offer had a short window in which to purchase, but for people looking for day pass deals, this can pay off.

Crystal Rainier Retreat is a short drive away

The private rental cabin is only about 15 miles – close enough to enjoy snowboarding or skiing at Crystal and just far enough away to allow for some relaxed family or group time.

We’ve made improvements, too! We’ve built a connected studio that can sleep an additional 2 adults and 2 kids. That means we can accommodate larger groups for those who need it.

Save a ton of money and keep the family or group together in a luxury home boasting 1,800 square feet, plus an additional 350 for the studio.

If you’ve already purchased your IKON pass, book with us now. There are a limited number of private cabins available on the mountain and this will be a busy ski season!