What’s NEW For The 2018-19 Winter

The 2018-19 winter season is fast approaching and our team has been hard at work to make improvements over the summer. From the addition of more snowmaking capabilities to the most recent news of Crystal Mountain Resort joining the Alterra Mountain Company, there’s a ton to learn about. Let’s jump right in!

Welcoming Crystal Mountain Resort to the Alterra Mountain Company Family

As many are now aware our big news this year is that Crystal Mountain Resort has been acquired by Alterra Mountain Company as of October 1st, 2018. The purchase of Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington, brings Alterra Mountain Company’s total to 14 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America, including the world’s largest heli-skiing operation.

“With the acquisition of Crystal Mountain Resort, we are able to offer the Ikon Pass community a true big mountain experience in the Pacific Northwest at Washington’s premier destination,” said Rusty Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “I’m excited to welcome each and every member of Crystal Mountain’s team into our family at Alterra Mountain Company.”

Crystal Mountain Resort is available on the Ikon Pass for winter 2018/2019. Access is unlimited with no blackout dates on both the Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass.

Meet Crystal Mountain’s President

With the recent announcement of Alterra Mountain Company’s  purchase of Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington, Frank DeBerry, from Snowshoe Mountain, will be named President & COO of Crystal Mountain Resort.

“I am very pleased to announce Frank DeBerry as the new President of Crystal Mountain Resort,” said David Perry, President & Chief Operating Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “It’s always a great benefit to retain talent within the company, and Frank brings a wealth of experience with him from nearly a decade spent leading Snowshoe. I know he will now guide Crystal and its talented team into the future with enthusiasm and the support of the entire Alterra Mountain Company family.”

Frank DeBerry has served as the President & COO of Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia since 2011, leading the destination out of the recession and spearheading its continued growth. DeBerry has spent his entire career in the ski industry, working his way up through Intrawest and serving as General Manager at Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey before leading the team at Snowshoe.

For more information about Frank DeBarry, read the press release here.

Crystal Mountain Season Pass Holders

With all of the recent news, a lot of you still have questions about your Crystal Mountain Season Pass. Your season pass is still valid at Crystal Mountain Resort. If you would like to learn about your options of obtaining an Ikon Pass, visit the Season Pass FAQ page. If you have any further questions, please give Guest Services a call at 360-663-3050. We can’t wait to see you on the slopes this winter.

More Snow Making Capabilities

Over the summer, our maintenance team has added snowmaking on Arwine’s, the Burn, Lower Bull, and Lower Deer Fly for a total of 16 more permanent Super Puma Fan Guns and 5 more Hydrant, Pedestals locations. This brings the total now to 53 guns and 116 acres of Snowmaking. Snowmaking should help us in low snow years and during cold dry spells to freshen up the slopes so that our team can continue to provide our guests the best skiing conditions.

Addition of a Piston Bully 600 Winch Cat

New for 2018-2019 season is the addition of a Piston Bully 600 Winch cat. This state of the art Groomer meets Tier 4 and euro stage 5 emissions and increased performance and productivity out on the slopes. Basically, we plan to be winching more and laying down some good corduroy for our guests to carve.

A Smoother Ride

In June we had A-Lot repaved making it much more smooth. Our team has also added one more double shuttle trailer and truck for increased skier drop off and return to parking lots. In conclusion, we’ll have more shuttles running and a smoother ride through A-Lot all winter long!
That’s about it for improvements and updates for the 2018-19 winter season. We can’t wait to see you all on the slopes soon!