Justus the Snow Phone girl sent me this photo so I could help spread the word about this Summer’s changes at Crystal:
The most dramatic change will be installation of a gondola–the first in the Pacific Northwest (if you don’t count the one in downtown Spokane)–going from the base area, about where The Market currently is, up to the summit ridge near the top of Rainier Express chairlift.
If you don’t already know, a Gondola has a bunch of smaller cars that cycle continuously, as opposed to a Tram which only has 2 larger cars which run opposite each other. I think I heard that the plan is for our cars to hold 8 people.
It should be great for sightseers–I don’t think there’s any prettier view of Mount Rainier than the view from the summit of Crystal Mountain!
The other big news is installation of a Terrain Park on Magoo, the trail that runs underneath the Forest Queen Express chairlift. It’s going to be what we in the biz call a "progressive" park, meaning it’ll have beginner and intermediate scaled features, mainly rails, boxes and jibs.
Imagine the possibilities!