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New Crystal Mt. Resort Transportation Initiatives


Crystal Mountain is pleased to announce two new guest transportation initiatives.  Starting Saturday, December 21st, Crystal Mountain will introduce season-long bus service as well as carpooling initiatives.  Both are part of Crystal’s commitment to environmental sustainability while enhancing a commitment to superior guest experience.

The new bus service will be in partnership with the Starline Collection, Washington State’s premier luxury coach operator. The goal is to reduce traffic to and from Crystal Mountain on weekends and holidays while providing Seattle and Tacoma area guests a reliable, convenient and affordable alternative to driving.

The new Crystal Mountain Express bus routes will initially offer as many as five scheduled routes on weekends in addition to the busy Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks. All routes will be served by luxury coaches with room for 56 passengers.  They will be equipped with WI-FI, free entertainment, and restrooms.  Buses will drop off and pick up directly in front of the Crystal base area.  The introductory routes include several convenient Seattle locations, Bellevue, Tacoma, and Enumclaw. Roundtrip service from the Seattle-Tacoma metro area will be $40, with service to and from Enumclaw for $20.  The Enumclaw location at the Fairgrounds/Expo center will offer free daily parking at the pickup location. 

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“This initiative is a part of maintaining our untrammeled experience and the rustic nature of why we love Crystal.  At the same time, the world around us is in transition with the influence of climate change,” said Adam Sutner, Crystal Mountain’s Vice President of Business Development. “We at Crystal, like everyone, need to begin to change our behavior to help sustain our planet for future generations.  Our commitment to this collective responsibility is to begin to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, and at the same time provide our guests with a superior experience.”.

In addition to guest bus service, Crystal Mountain is introducing carpooling incentives for customers, also starting, December 21st. 

This year, a total of 250 spots will be reserved in Parking Lot A, the closest and most convenient parking at the resort.  Vehicles of four persons or more will be given priority access to these spots on a first-arrival basis until the allotted spots are full.  This new carpooling initiative will be in effect seven days a week starting December 21st. 

Carpooling details can also be found at

“In our pursuit of creating a sustainable operating model, we believe that rewarding guests who carpool is good for the guest, good for the mountain, and good for the environment,” said Tiana Anderson, Crystal’s Marketing Director.

With the introduction of consumer bus service and carpooling incentives, Crystal Mountain is adding more substantive initiatives to its ongoing environmental commitment.  These initiatives include the elimination of plastic water bottle sales, investment in refillable water stations around Crystal Mountain and adding compostable food and beverage procedures and traditional recycling options in all restaurants. This commitment is symbolized in a lighthearted manner with the new green colored gondola which will be open to the public on Friday, December 20th.

Crystal Mountain Gondola