Crystal Mountain plans to grow

  Ski resort collector Boyne USA is laying the groundwork for a massive makeover of Crystal Mountain in Washington's Cascade Mountains. Boyne, also the owner of Big Sky in Montana (HCN, 3/31/97), plans to pump $40 million into the resort to keep Seattle-area skiers from fleeing the state to visit other resorts. Improvements include 10 new lifts, expanded parking, and upgraded restaurant facilities. Crystal Mountain representative Kelly Graham envisions a "world-class experience for day-use skiers." A local group called the Crystal Conservation Coalition worries about the "outrageous scale" of the development plans. They think impacts on water quality, wildlife habitat, backcountry opportunities, and nearby Mount Rainier National Park need to be carefully studied.

The scoping period for the environmental impact statement that must accompany the development is under way. Send written comments before Jan. 15, 1999, to Forest Supervisor, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, 21905 64th Avenue West, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2278. For more information contact Larry Donovan with the Forest Service at 425/744-3403 or l.donovan/r6pnw\[email protected]

* Stanley Yung

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