Sustainability in action at Crystal Mountain
What Eco-Responsibility Means to USCrystal Mountains is a recreational area and our number one asset is the environment. Being eco-responsible means being good stewards of the land and preserving the beautiful mountain environment. Taking measurable steps will ensure generations of families will enjoy cold winters and clean, natural summers for years to come. Below we've outlined what initiatives we are undertaking and their impact.
Crystal Joins the NSAA Climate Challenge
Climate Challengers commit to taking five steps each year:
1. Measuring our carbon emissions.
2. Setting emission reduction goals.
3. Implementing at least one emissions reduction project annually.
4. Conducting political advocacy in support of climate policy.
5. Reporting our emissions and progress annually.
Stay tuned for our sustainability updates.
Protect Our Winters (POW)
Supporting WA's 100% Clean Energy Law
Electric Vehicle Charging (Coming Summer 2020)
During the Summer of 2020 we will install EV (electric vehicle) charging stations. Cars emit 20lbs of CO2 for every gallon of gas they burn. Our EV stations will eliminate 30 metric tons of carbon emissions each year. Now, if you're a skier or boarder looking at a new car, you no longer have to weigh climate vs. getting to the mountain when deciding whether to buy an electric vehicle. Thank you to the National Ski Area Association for your generous Sustainable Slopes Grant and to Tesla for your support in pursue of this goal!
PistenBully 600 E+ Diesel-Electric Groomers
Fewer Plastic Products
Fresh Mountain Water
Removing recycling and compost from our trash stream also helps keep our landfills smaller. For years, all departments at Crystal Mountain have participated in the collection and processing of cardboard, which is transported to a Pierce County Recycling facility. We are excited to broaden our recycling program.
Stone Paper Solutions - Eco-Friendly Trail maps
Trail maps are printed by Stone Paper Solutions located in Vancouver B.C. Stone paper is an innovative, revolutionary new paper product made from stone, not trees. It is comprised of calcium carbonate or CaCO3 (80-85%), recycled concrete and a non-toxic, recyclable, photodegradable HDPE resin (15-20%) to create an unparalleled, environmental friendly paper. This make up may change slightly depending on the product. Calcium Carbonate, one of the most common elements on earth, and the principle component in many types of stone, including limestone and marble. Most importantly, the creation of stone paper requires NO TREES nor WATER. Stone paper manufacturing produces zero air or water pollution, and requires no harmful acids, dyes and bleaches, all of which eventually end up back in our environment. This is why when comparing stone paper’s environmental footprint to pulp or recycled paper – there is no comparison! In fact, the carbon footprint for stone paper is 67% less than regular pulp paper.
Stone Paper Solutions Fun Facts:
1 Ton of Stone Paper vs. 1 Ton of Pulp Paper
20 trees saved
16,000 gallons of fresh water saved
67% less carbon emission – 107 Kg (235 lbs) atmospheric emissions eliminated
19 Kg (42 lbs) waterborne waste not produced
6 million BTUs energy saved
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Sensitive Wetland Restoration
Stream Protection and Water Quality
Crystal’s runoff settlement ponds protect Silver Creek from sediment and pollution running off our parking lots. We installed these ponds in summer 2018.
The all new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant was completed summer of 2013. This facility replaces a 1965 treatment plant. The treated water is discharged to drain fields. Water quality is increased to meet standards set for today and into the future. At a cost of $2.5 million, Crystal is making a major investment in the best infrastructure.
Crystal Mountain fully implemented a liquid deicing program for Crystal Mountain Boulevard. The process included applying the deicing liquid (calcium chloride) and reducing the use of salt brine sand on the boulevard and parking lots to less than 20 yards from a potential 7,000 yards. This environmentally sensitive program dramatically curtailed the effects on stream sedimentation. The reduction of snow and ice buildup on the boulevard has also drastically reduced the number of vehicle accidents
Vegetation Management Program
When it is necessary for ground disruption such as re-contouring, Crystal Mountain crews immediately mulch and seed, with Forest Service approved sterile grass seed mixes to protect against short-term soil erosion. These efforts take place each year along with native seed collection and area management of roads and guidance of all erosion areas. Over a period of a few years native grass seeds and plants re-enter these sites. Transplanting of native plants is also done in specific areas of the mountain.