Washington’s Crystal Mountain Resort is one of the few places in North America where you can ski long after most ski areas have closed. This year, the skiing and riding is slated to go until mid-June.
The winter ski and snowboard season officially ends on April 21. That’s when the resort transitions to its spring ski schedule.
Starting April 27, some of Crystal’s lifts will operate on weekends, giving skiers and riders a chance to get some turns in spring corn snow and lounge at the summit under the sun with a full view of Mt. Rainier. Of the eight weekends in the spring schedule, the first three will have the Mt. Rainier Gondola, Chinook Express, Rainier Express, Green Valley Chair, and Discovery Lift in operation. The last five weekends will have only the Mt. Rainier Gondola and the Green Valley Chair running. Lifts will run three days over Memorial Weekend.
Ticket prices drop for spring skiing, too. From April 27-May 12, lift tickets will cost $45. From May 18-June 16, lift tickets will cost $35. Spring passes are also on sale for $99 for current passholders, including Summit at Snoqualmie passholders, or for $149 for new passholders. They are valid for skiing from April 1-June 16.
The spring ski schedule also runs the eight weekends with theme days and live music on the Summit House patio. The resort plans to give out Theme Spirit Awards every day, recognizing those in costume. The costume schedule includes days to dress up in beach attire, scary garb, and those onesies from the 1980s.
After closing day of spring ski season on June 16, Crystal will shift to summer operations starting June 29. The Mt. Rainier Gondola runs daily all summer for sightseeing and dining at the Summit House.
Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington
Apr 12, 2013 - Jun 16, 2013
skiers and snowboarders