Milestones

1962
Opened December 8th with Miners Basin and Iceberg Ridge chairs, seven rope tows, a T-bar on Gold Hills and a Day Lodge

1963
Green Valley double chair opened in December

1964
Silver Skis Chalet opened in February, the first condominium development in Washington State
Alpine Inn and Snorting Elk opened early December
Crystal Inn and restaurant opened mid-December
Summit House “warming hut” opened at top of Iceberg Ridge lift

1965
Quicksilver double chair opened in December
National Collegiate Ski Championships event was held in March
National Alpine Championships and P-I Silver Skis International was held in April

1966
Chapel was built in Summer
Day Lodge was built

1967
Night skiing came to Crystal with “one of the longest lighted ski runs in the world” on Quicksilver

1968
National Alpine Championship and 15th P-I Silver Skis Downhill event was held in March

1972
Tacoma Teachers Ski Club opened in February, the last of the ski clubs to be built. In addition to Tacoma Teachers Ski Club, the ski clubs in operation were; SkiBacs, Capitol, Edelweiss, Rokka, Forelaufer, Skiers, Inc., Billiken, Enumclaw, and Sitzmark.
Rainier World Cup hosted by Crystal in February
The Day Lodge was expanded to include bathrooms and the Brown Bag Room

1974
Bullion Basin triple chair was built

1979
High Campbell (Chair 6) double chair began construction in the summer and began operating in early 1980

1983
Bullion Basin triple chair was moved and replaced the T-bar (today’s Gold Hills chair)

1984
Discovery fixed-grip triple chair replaced rope tows on beginners’ run, providing access to Quicksilver
Rendezvous fixed-grip triple chair was built

1985
The Day Lodge was remodeled in the summer,

1987
25 Year anniversary

1988
Rainier Express, the first high-speed quad in the state was installed
Campbell Basin double was installed (old Chair 5)
Midway Shuttle quad installed to link base area to Rainier Express

1997
Boyne Purchased Crystal Mountain in March
Crystal Mountain Founders Club was born
John Kircher became the ski area’s General Manager and started improvements immediately

1997
Six-passenger, high-speed detachable, Forest Queen Express was built
Heated pavers installed in ticket plaza

1998
Addition of Chinook Express, a high speed six-passenger, detachable lift
Quicksilver was shortened

2000
Green Valley high-speed quad was built, replacing the original double chair

2004
Campbell Basin lodge was built
Forest Service approved Crystal’s Master Development Plan, a planning and review process initiated in 1995

2007
Northway chairlift installed
Summit House interior remodeled

2010
Mount Rainier Gondola built during the summer
Sasquatch Jib Park added
RFID Ticketing added

2011
Mount Rainier Gondola opens on January 1
RDL Test Center opened
Mountain Shop Expansion
Rental Shop & Snow Sports School remodeled
PistenBully 600 Winch Cat added to the fleet

2012
50 year Anniversary
Three PistenBully snowcats added to the fleet
New Waste Water Treatment Plant

2013
Schuss Hut and fire pit added to day lodge patio

2014
High Campbell chair replaced by a new SkyTrac double
Quicksilver double chair replaced by a fixed-grip quad, and relocated
Quicksilver trail regrade
GazEx installed in Powder Bowl
PistenBully 600E+ snowcat added to the fleet