Written By: Vivika Stamolis
Meet our ambassador team, big-mountain adventurers with stoke to share and stories to tell, proud to call Crystal home. Their passion runs deep in our snow. Their personal connection to the terrain and to the community is strong.
From the chair they’re cheering you on, giving you that boost to carve your best. Our slopes are charged with their positivity. Bringing to life the core elements of our values, our ambassadors use their unique perspectives and diverse skills to highlight the range of experience at Crystal. They are at the heart of Crystal’s Core.
Follow along for a few rounds of introductions – more dropping soon.
Krystin is always inspiring on and off the mountain. From her involvement with SheJumps and NWAC, she founded the Snowpack Avalanche Scholarship Program to provide women an affordable opportunity to pursue their outdoor dreams. Across all of her activities, Krystin values stewardship and community. She coached for Crystal Mountain Freeride and competed in Freeride World Qualifier events. While she loves to travel and ski new places, she always loves coming home to Crystal. You’ll find her skiing in Southback with a beacon, shovel and probe, always prepared.
What’s your connection to Crystal?
“Crystal Mountain has become my favorite place to ski in the world, and I have skied in 5 countries and 11 US states. The Cascade Mountains offer some of the most beautiful peaks and enticing terrain, along with a deep snowpack that holds up until the summer months providing good skiing year round in backcountry zones. There is no place like it.”
Following his love of winter and passion for snowboarding, Morgan left Fairbanks, Alaska for Crystal Mountain’s terrain. He’s always got the most positive attitude about conditions, no matter what. You could say that’s because he grew up in winters dropping to -50°, but we say it’s because he’s that awesome. Watch him shred in Warren Miller Entertainment films, riding for brands that he believes in one-hundred percent. In his 8th season at Crystal, Morgan’s connection to Mount Rainier goes deep as he shares his father’s stories of the early ski development days. He is stoked to live a life in the snow and call Crystal Mountain his home.
What are your favorite times at Crystal?
“I would say any day at Crystal is a good day in my opinion. If I had to pick my absolute favorites though, any 2-foot powder day out North or South is hard to beat. That, or a quiet, clear morning ripping groomers down Iceberg or Lucky Shot.”
A local shredder with over 18 years skiing at Crystal, Treylin has our mountain in her blood. She carries on the love for the land that has been passed down over generations. Long before Express chairs, her grandfather spent 40 years of his life working at Crystal, which led to the beginning of the Steel family. Now, Treylin brings new records to the family legacy with 8 years in Crystal’s freeride competitions. If you want to find her, just yell “POWDER” and if you forget how to pronounce her name just call her “buddy!”
What’s your favorite run at Crystal?
“It’s so hard to choose one favorite run… but if I had to choose it would be the southeast trees. That area has been a go to for finding the goods or just to escape the people and have the mountains to myself for a few turns. It has always been a place of wonder for me, and I still find new areas just when I thought I had found all of the nooks and crannies of Crystal.”
Hear him yelling “senderrrrr” and find him flying high. You can call him Max “Dre” – you may recognize him as one of the top survivalists of Naked & Afraid. He is truly fearless across our terrain, as he’s hit some of the biggest jumps in the PNW at Superpark hosted by Crystal a few years ago. Not only does he work with major outdoor brands, he also has created a nonprofit called The PNWealth Foundation to connect BIPOC, underserved and underprivileged kids to nature through outdoor experiences and education. Ride on, Max!
What’s your favorite memory from Crystal?
“Favorite memory at Crystal was Superpark!!…where I had the opportunity to ride some of the biggest jumps/features I’ve ever seen in the PNW, with some of my childhood heroes as well as the future up and coming riders!”