by: gjcarew - 28th September 2008

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Best Terrain in Washington, Huge, Good Snow, Fast Lines
More Expensive, No Terrain Park

Full review

It is kind of like I am reviewing two different mountains here. The first mountain is the one depicted on the trail maps. It is huge, and overall is a more intermediate to advanced mountain. The second mountain is the one the locals know. You haven't truly experienced Crystal until you have hiked the King, explored North Back and bombed down the Teddy Bear Chutes. I have skied at Crystal almost every weekend for the past 5 years, and I have never gotten bored. This is definitely not a mountain for the timid, or those discouraged by cold weather. It can be brutal, but Crystal has the best snow I have ever skied on in Washington. Even if it hasn't snowed for a week, you can still get freshies if you know where to look. The one downside is there is no nightlife or terrain park. Overall, this is an amazing mountain and I would recommend it to any serious skiers.
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