Crystal Mountain offers 2,600 acres of accessible terrain (2,300 acres of which are lift served). Skiers and riders will find everything from relaxed groomers to challenging advanced terrain. Expansive backcountry parallels the open boundary policy for experts.
This year-round resort offers a number of summer activities as well, including disc golf, scenic gondola rides, hiking, horseback rides, mountain biking and mountain yoga.
Crystal Mountain ski area is located next to Mt. Rainier National Park in the Cascade Range of Washington, less than two hours from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Eleven lifts service Crystal Mountain’s 57 named trails: 11% beginner, 54% intermediate and 35% advanced. The area receives 367 inches of average annual snowfall. Crystal Mountain has a summit elevation of 7,012 feet, delivering 3,100 feet of vertical. Base elevation is 4,400 feet. The winter season usually runs from Thanksgiving to mid-April.
With amazing views of Mt. Rainier, you’ll enjoy the scenery as you do everything from easy groomed cruising runs to more advanced glades, chutes, black and double black runs, and steeps. Natural snow is bolstered by snowmaking – which was added in 2015.
The 12,500-square-foot, on-mountain restaurant, dubbed Campbell Basin Lodge, near the top of the Forest Queen lift features beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and sits at over 6,000 feet. The resort has nearly everything that you could want – including ski and retail shops, bars, restaurants, salons and more.
If you want to do more than skiing, do one of the guided snowshoe tours into Crystal Mountain’s backcountry. Take advantage of the night skiing, which is available off Quicksilver, Discovery and Gold Hills chairlifts. The resort is also home to a number of festivals, including yoga and beer festivals.