John Kircher Acquires Crystal Mountain

On March 31, 2017, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort was acquired in its entirety by John Kircher in a transaction between Kircher and Boyne Resorts, Inc.  The sale comes 20 years to the day after Boyne purchased Crystal Mountain from a group of 850 shareholders, many of whom were original shareholders when the ski area was founded in 1962.

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Proposed Crystal Mountain upgrade deserves support

Crystal Mountain’s owner plans major improvements for the ski area. The master development plan, the resort’s development blueprint for the next 10 years, is exciting — and very well thought out.

However, a few vocal opponents hope to stop the proposed improvements. Because the resort is on public land, the Forest Service is analyzing Crystal’s proposal and is accepting public comment until Oct. 31. It is important that the Forest Service hear from supporters as well.

Original plans for Crystal Mountain included 17 chairlifts, restaurants, lodging and a full complement of resort amenities. Quoting from Crystal Mountain’s 1958 Stock Offering Circular: “The finest in chairlifts and other facilities is the accepted goal.”

Thirty-eight years after opening, Crystal offers the best ski slopes in Washington. In fact, in 1990, Snow Country magazine rated it among the top 10 U.S. ski areas in its “Ski Dimensions Index,” noting a 3,100-foot vertical drop, 2,300 skiable acres of terrain, 350 inches of snowfall and 10 chairlifts.

— Read the Full Article at the Seattle Times


In 2000, the Wall Street Journal selected Dana to write the “Yes” side of a point-counterpoint article “Should Crystal Mountain be allowed to expand.”  In 2001 The Seattle Times ran an expanded version of the same article., “Proposed Crystal Mountain upgrade deserves support.” as mentioned above.

In 2005 the Forest Service approved Crystal Mountain’s Master Plan, and most of the proposed improvements are in place today.

Should the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort be Allowed to Embark on a Multimillion-Dollar Upgrade?

Click to Read the Entire Article in pdf format as originally published in The Wall Street Journal / Northwest