I've skied all over the US and Crystal is just as good as any resort out there. When it's in, the mountain offers some of the most varied and fun advanced/expert skiing anywhere, from crazy steeps to perfect glades.
Yes it can crowded but any mountain can. And yes, sometimes the snow sucks but the northwest gets so much snow that your odds are pretty good there will be powder.
Tickets are $60. Is that a lot? Look around, and you'll see just about any decent size resort charging at least that amount.