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Crystal Mountain Reviews


This place works


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...
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Great resort for experts or beginners


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...
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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...
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TERRAIN: endless nooks & crannies


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.

It's Home


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.