We recently got another "Terrain Park & 1/2-Pipe" comment/question. I realized that a response from last year, from General Manager John Kircher, was buried in a "Comments" section post so I’m reposting it here because it explains Crystal’s philosophy about man-making terrain features.
I am the General Manager at Crystal Mountain and I also oversee the daily operations of four ski areas across the West. Alas the true reason for the recently removed half pipe was due to the fact that it sat on the mountain in a spot that we don’t get enough snow early-season to keep it open consistently.
I have a philosophy that people come to the mountains to get away from the city. Bringing it, and its manufactured skate board parks to a place like Crystal just isn’t necessary. However, when we built one of the country’s first terrain parks in 1989 at Brighton, UT, we realized that in the future smaller mountains would need a helping human hand given the coming trend for urban hardware.
Crystal has one of the most modern lift systems in America. How one negotiates all that fantastic terrain is up to them.