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Crystal Mountain Resort Reviews

by: anhillx - 19th December 2006

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  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 1Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

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Got a couple hours on the hill today to check it out. It's getting closer to prime-time ski season as weekend wear is showing itself. Groomers are very nice. Great edge control, hero carving conditions. Off-Piste has crusted up, so needs to get either colder (to draw the moisture out) or get choped up by skiers to get some nice brushing turny conditions. I wouldn't want to see it get warmer and it'll crust up bad overnight. Checked both BKs. Southback off King is crusted over 3-6 inches of slab. Makes for pretty dicey turns down the chutes. Braindamaged was a bust as top and bottom are both crusted/cruded out. Queen a little better at the top, but ends to soon as the last half is beat up/crudded out. Powder bowl is also nice on top, but chunky on last 200 yards. Chair runs under REX and GV are so-so. GV's best, but short. Pro-course probably has the best conditions/slope around. Take it over to Exterminator to burn the legs. Finish on Bullrun to hold the speed down. I'd loop this a couple times to really stretch it out. Northback's still got a couple stashes, you just have to enjoy the I-5 return which is cut-up/iced. My money's on Teddy as it's still untouched on the open faces. With no new snow forecast for a week, I'd spend the day hiking behind King to mark-up the back bowls. Great exercise and fun to see your turns in the snow. In the morning, take advantage of the groomers off REX down to base. Forest will get the crowd, so hit that around lunch time when folks are chowing. Otherwise, I'd nip away at Northback trying out the chutes off Right/Left Angle.

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