Ditching Plastic Materials

Moving Towards A Greener Future At Washington’s Largest Ski Resort

As many of you are aware, the City of Seattle has ditched plastic straws! This is a great first step in becoming a better steward of our environment in the state of Washington and we couldn’t be more proud to call this state our home. 

We are happy to announce that we have ditched plastic straws too! As of June 22, 2018 we now supply our guests with paper straws (Seahawks themed) in our food and beverage locations that will biodegrade and have less of an impact on our environment. 

A few facts…

  • 500 million plastic straws are used by Americans daily, that’s enough to circle the Earth twice! (Get Green Now)
  • The 11th most found ocean trash is plastic straws and harm ocean wildlife (Get Green Now)
  • It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose (Get Green Now)


These are many reasons why we have taken the initiative to find an alternative to our plastic consumption at Crystal Mountain.

Looking forward, we will be transitioning to all compostable products from Eco Products, Earth Choice, and Greenware in August 2018 at all of our on-mountain food and beverage locations. These products include to-go containers, single-use cups and more. We will continue to provide compostable products in our food and beverage locations throughout the winter and well into the future.

Last winter (2017-18) Crystal moved away from purchasing and selling water and soft drink beverages in plastic containers. We now provide water refill stations in our lodges for guests to refill their water bottles. We also sell multi-use water bottles with the Crystal logo on them in Right Angle Sports Shop for guests to purchase to fill with water and take out on the slopes with them. Not only did we stop selling single-use plastic bottles, we also moved away from aluminum cans of beer at Campbell Basin Lodge to reduce the amount of waster being transported up and down from our mid-mountain lodge.

Interested in Crystal Mountain’s green initiatives? Check out our Environment page.