Rooted in history.

Alta Crystal Resort started its remarkable journey 100 years ago as Bennett’s Horse Outfitters, a horse corral and wayside inn. Bennett’s offered guided tours into Mt. Rainier National Park, even up onto the glaciers.

In 1948 the facility was sold to the College of Puget Sound as housing for their ski team and year-round recreational facility. The college was then sold in 1959 to the McMahon family, who renamed the resort Alta Silva Resort at Deep Creek.

In 1981, Alta Associates, a Vashon Island-based group, purchased the resort buildings and enlisted McMahon’s son and daughter-in-law to run it. In 1986, Alta Associates created the Alta Crystal Resort at Mt. Rainier to capitalize on its location close to Crystal Mountain and Mt. Rainier. After staying at Alta Crystal Resort over Labor Day in 1996, Steven and Vivian Cadematori decided to purchase a cabin in the area. Six months later, they bought “25 cabins” and immediately started a complete remodel. They lovingly ran the resort for almost 20 years before selling the property and retiring.

Maureen and Steven now own the resort and continue to build the best guest experience imaginable in this special region of Washington state.