Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
The key word at Crystal Mountain is variety - from gentle cruising groomers to challenging steeps and backcountry adventure. As Washington’s largest and highest ski area you are sure to spend less time resting and more time enjoying the slopes with the high-speed six-person lifts and quads.
Crystal Mountain offers advanced skiers six basins and a healthy number of black diamond and double black diamond trails and a total of 2,600 acres of lifted runs and in-bound back country skiing. The summit of the ski resort at 7,012 feet offers incredible views of Mount Rainier. The mountain averages 367 inches of snow each year.
During the summer, Crystal turns into an oasis featuring lift-serviced dining at Washington’s highest restaurant, hiking, horseback riding and much more.
Getting here from the Puget Sound is easy - located near the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, southeast of Seattle. You can drive or take the Express Bus for an adventurous, hassle-free day on the slopes.
|Price||:||$5.00 - $74.00|
|Duration||:||about 5 hours|
Hours are subject to change. See website for more information.
Friday April 20, 2012
My winter adventure begins at the affordable Extended Stay America Tukwila, after my arrival at the Seatac airport the evening before. A short morning walk to the Westfield Southcenter has me shopping for a coat, hat and scarf to keep me warm during my Seattle Southside stay. I hop aboard the Link Light Rail for a trip to explore downtown Seattle. I check out the views from the Space Needle. Ride the Monorail. Discover the wonders of Chinatown. Walk along the waterfront at Pike Street Market exploring all the shops. Ride the Duck by land and water Holiday Lights tour. Day one of my adventure ends at Bull Pen Pub Bar & Grill with some karaoke fun. A day trip by Express Bus to Chrystal Mountain has me spending all day skiing. Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe ends day two. Picking up a rental car I drive to Redondo Beach - Des Moines. Bundling up I take a walk along the boardwalk watching seagulls fly overhead as I take in the breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Local residents suggest a fresh seafood meal at Salty's of salmon. With my sweet tooth craving chocolate I drive to Tacoma to the home of the Brown & Haley Factory Outlet for some Almond Roca and a 24ct box of Peanut Butter Mountain Bars for myself and a few friends back home. Before heading to the airport for my flight home I stop to try my luck at the Great American Casino, ending my vacation with fond memories of a great winter adventure in Seattle Southside, Washington State.— Joseph
Tuesday March 20, 2012
My journey starts at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott hotel. We get unpacked and decide to go on a gondola ride and then have dinner at the Summit Restaurant at Crystal Mountain. The next day we go to iFly Indoor Skydiving and have an unforgettable day and it is all on DVD to share with family and friends. We love shopping so we visit the Westfield center and end our trip with a full day of shopping.— Laura
Thursday September 29, 2011
Every winter since I was nine years old, I have enjoyed hitting the slopes at any of the many mountain passes that Washington State has to offer. This past winter I tuned my skiis, stopped by Kent Station's Jamba Juice for a nutritious smoothie breakfast, and made my way to Crystal Mountain. The day was glorious and there was a stunning view of Mt. Rainier at the top of the Rainier Express Run. It was a perfect day of skiing with an abundance of fresh powder!— Emily