I have read some reviews of Crystal and I'm disappointed with Washington skiers and riders. The Summit doesn't even come close to what Crystal is. The mountain is so spread out I hardly hit any crowds. The south backcountry is awesome I'm a boarder and was willing to hike for over 30 minutes to Silver King. Powder bowl, Campbell basin, Green Valley, Rainier express, north and south back, smaller lines then the summit. Crystal is by far the best mountain close to Seattle. I guess one con torwards Crystal is the lift tickets which are priced really steep.