Crystal Mountain

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Crystal has some base area lodging, as well as hotels within 15 minutes of the slopes.
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Alta Crystal Resort


A full service, pet-friendly resort, located within 15 minutes of the resort. 2 to 6 $139 to $169

Alpine Inn


Located right in the base area, this lodge has a Bavarian ambiance. 2 to 8 $145 to $285
Quicksilver Lodge This lodge offers spacious loft rooms. 2 to  6 $145 to $285

Most of Crystal Mountain's on-mountain dining venues are located near the base area, but the Campbell Basin Lodge sits near the top of the Forest Queen chairlift.


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The good: Low key resort with high-tech amenities
The better: Bus service from Seattle and Portland
The best: The new Mount Rainier gondola


Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain is nestled in the shadow of 14,411-foot Mt. Rainier, and offers stunning views of Mt. Rainier from the summit. It is famous for the cold Cascade storms that can dump several feet of fresh snow anytime from November through April. With more than 2,600 acres of fabulous skiing and 3,100 vertical feet, you will find every kind of skiing you can imagine. Although expert skiers are attracted to the area for its rugged terrain and deep snow, less advanced skiers should not be intimidated. Crystal offers a wide variety of skiing for every level of ability.

Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person2 HS
Lifts-Total number of lifts12
Lifts-Total lift capacity20,910/hr.
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Runs-Longest run2.5 miles
General-Base elevation4400'
General-Vertical drop3100'
General-OwnerBoyne Resorts
General-Mountain rangeCascades
General-Back country access300 acres
General-Total area in bounds2600 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Terrain, lifts, lack of crowds, SNOW, view,grooming

Cons: weather, lift lay-out,sometimes the snow

Been skiing this hill pretty hard for 3 years, don't think any 2 days have ever been the same.  An amazing number of bowls to to choose from if you want to hike a bit you can double it.  And yes there is snow in them, lots of snow.  The weather and visibility can truly suck sometimes but there are lots of trees to help out with that.  There are so many different major bowls that you ski many require riding 2 lifts but weekdays there are NO LIFT LINES so not much waiting around. 

 Northway chair is the newest big thing here and it tells the story of this MT  Boyne owns this speed-bump,  2 years ago they put in a new 2K vertical double chair and all the terrain is black or double black, and it is all groom it yourself; what a playground. You have a lot of traverses to get to some of the goods and you will ski bumps to get back to the chair, but is worth it.  There are 2 chairs with this type of goods on it, so if you can turn both ways you have a playground.  You are in the Cascades so the snow can be heavy, but it can also be very light (much like the snow @ Alyeska).  Another attitude point there is no terrain park,but there is a racing program. 

Very little village, has the feel of a very large day ski area.  There are still lots blues and greens for friends and family.  There are better ski areas in the world, but not in Washington.  This place is well worth a day.



Pros: Variety of terrain, views, ski school, on mountain dining

Cons: Weather inconsistent, can be really crowded

Crystal resort is now my family's home ski area. As an individual who grew up skiing, and then after moving away from home didn't ski again for almost 20 years, Crystal was a great place to get back in the groove.


My two oldest children (7 & 11) are in their first year of skiing, and thanks to the excellent ski school at Crystal, are about to start tackling blue runs after just 5 weeks of lessons. For beginners, be aware that the "Meadow" run off the basic lift called Discovery is a very gentle slope. The next green run you try after this though (usually Skid Road or Tinkerbell), is significantly steeper-there is not an imbetween slope. For my wife, a non-skiier who just took her first lessons, this was a real challenge.


For me, it's been great getting back into the groove on this beautiful mountain. I started out off Forest Queen, exploring the "Downhill" run (which was actually used for a World Cup DH in 1971), then after feeling comfortable-headed over to the Rainier Express lift down Lucky Shot/Little Shot. After exploring this area, I heading further North to the Green Valley lift, which is great-it has access to a nice bowl, some fast groomed trails, and a couple steep faces under the chair lift. Once I explored this area, I wanted to head out to Northway, but the number of black runs made me leery. Then, I met a former instructor who said she's ski over that way with me. It was great, and really helped me get my confidence back. Northway is a delight. Some very steep cliffs/chutes, several bowls, lots of tree skiing, and a few standard runs. A great area to explore for advanced intermediate skiiers and experts.


Once I've fully explored Northway, I'm going to head over to the Campbell basin lift, which has access to a couple of very steep double black bowls. Past Campbell Basin, there is a backcountry area called Southback which is very popular with expert skiiers. Don't know if I myself will be ready for that area for another year or two.


I have skiied at a number of Washington ski areas, including Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge (where I took ski lessons as a kid), and Crystal by far has the most varied terrain. Having many areas to get a bite or take a break up on the mountain is a nice feature as well.


Pros: Lots of high speed quads! Great terrian. Easy access from Seattle.

Cons: Can suffer from visablity issues.

Crystal is amazing! The terrain is outstanding. Multiple bowls all accessed by high speed quads. This place can move skiers.


when the snow is good the snow is awesome. Other times it can be heavy. Visibility can be an issue.


Great upgrades to the lodge recently.


Pros: Big mountain, lots of room, variety of trails, short lines

Cons: Expensive

Great mountain!  Lots of terrain, great place for the family.  This is where I learned to ski, but it is expensive.  No night life unless you've got a trailer!


Pros: lots of un-groomed terrain

Cons: Cascade concrete

Crystal is a large area that is mostly un-groomed, deep, (usually heavy) powder.  It has several bowls of lift-accessible, avalanche controlled terrain.  This is a real playground for advanced skiers.  There are plenty of runs for beginners and intermediates, but you need to be able to ski steep slopes with deep, heavy snow to be able to really appreciate this place.  


There is a great run for true beginners that has its own, dedicated chair lift, which is nice for the little ones. However, the rest of the greens are a big step up.  


Another key point, people here are nice.  Please, if you are not nice, there are lots of other ski areas where you will have a great time.  


Pros: lots of great steeps, frequent new snow, 105 minutes from Seattle

Cons: PNW weather and snow, lousy night life

Crystal Mountain has lots of steep terrain with innumerable nooks and crannies.  It's been my home resort for 48 years and I'm still occasionally finding new stashes.  The terrain is as good as either Whistler or Blackcomb.  It has eight bowls in a row: Silver Basin, Avalanche Basin, Campbell Basin, Powder Bowl, Green Valley, Snorting Elk / Paradise Bowl, Northway, and Morning Glory Bowl / Brand X.  And when the visibility is poor there is tons of tree skiing.


Pros: The terrain has any kind of challenge you want.

Cons: 3 mountains means more traversing, more people are starting to find out about it.

It's home, it's my winter mistress, I love this place.