Crystal Mountain

Resort Description

This Northwest gem is located next to Mt. Rainier National Park, less than two hours south of Seattle. The ski area first opened in 1962 and has become the premier ski resort in Washington State. Sprawling over half a dozen peaks, Crystal’s terrain is endless including world-class steeps, long descents and secret stashes that hold powder days after a storm. With an average of nearly 500 inches of annual snowfall, powder enthusiasts have plenty to smile about.

Terrain Breakdown

11 percent beginner; 54 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced

The Bottom Line

Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains you’ll find Washington’s largest ski resort, where the friendly locals can often be heard saying, “If you can ski here, you can ski anywhere in the world!”


State: Washington
Annual Snowfall: 486 inches
Vertical Drop: 3,100 feet
Ticket Prices: $68
Skiable Acres: 2,600
Number of Trails: 57
Number of Lifts: 11
Parks & Pipes: 1 park
Backcountry Access Policy: Open boundary via access gates
Nearest Airport: Sea-Tac International Airport (73 miles away)
Hotels/Lodging: Silver Skis Chalet, Alta Crystal Resort, Crystal Mountain Hotels, and Crystal Chalets
Local Restaurants: Summit House, Campbell Basin, Bullwheel, Chinook Cafe, Cascade Grill, Schuss, Que Tu Taco Truck and the Alpine Inn Restaurant.
Local Bars: Bullwheel Bar & Snorting Elk Cellar
Season Highlights: 03/13/15 – 03/14/15: Wild Thing Weekend”12/20 – 12/21/14: Ingrid Backstrom Junior Freeride Camp
03/28/15: King & Queen of the Mountain Adult Freeride Challenge
04/11/15: Elysian Bikini & Boardshort Downhill
02/26 – 03/01/15: IFSA Junior National Freeskiing Competition

Phone: (360) 663-2265
Twitter: @CrystalMt
Instagram: @CrystalMountain