Crystal Mountain's new Mt. Rainier Gondola has opened up new dining opportunities for skiers and snowboarders. The resort launched its new First Tracks Breakfast, après, and Summit House Dinners for the New Year.
The gondola opening was postponed twice until cable splicing and load testing were completed. It opened Jan.1 for skiers, snowboarders, and diners.
The Summit House Restaurant at the top of the gondola commands a full-on view of Mt. Rainier. The new breakfast, après, and dinners take advantage of that view.
First Tracks Breakfasts, which are offered Saturdays and Sundays, pair a gourmet beginning to the day at the Summit House Restaurant with first runs in Green Valley before the lifts are open to the public. Skiers and snowboarders load the gondola before 7:30 a.m., dine at the Summit House, and then hit the fresh slopes for first tracks around 8:30 a.m.
The breakfast features a daily quiche special and an omelet and crepe station. Other offerings include smoked turkey and potato breakfast has, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and apple and peach strudel.
Breakfast and first tracks costs $20. A season pass or lift ticket with gondola privileges is required in addition. Reservations can be made by phone or online and will be accepted until midnight, and walk-ups can check for availability at 7 a.m. at the ticket window.
Dinners and apres also started up at the Summit House in early January. Dinners, offered Fridays and Saturday nights, are scheduled with one seating at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Apres runs 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are not available for après; space is first-come, first serve.
Foot passengers can take part in First Tracks Breaksfasts, après, and Summit House Dinners.