Access, lack of on hill lodging options, and not much true beginner terrain. Lot's of off piste options... about 70% of the mountain probably. Vert... around 3100'. Terrain? Pretty rollicking... multiple mini bowls.. trees, chutes, steep groomers, great views, lot's of side and back country as well.
Here's a link to a trail map: http://crystalmountainresort.com/wp-content/themes/crystalmountain/pdfs/Map_CM_1-2015.pdf
and the hill:
Thx Marko , Dude, the crew in the first video are shredding it, and in keeping with your preamble, the lead-in was perfect, pass closed, go around the country to get to Crystal ! Too damned funny, grinned almost instantaneously while trying to down the last dregs of scotch in a bar with a friend while reading that. They know their way around, terrain looks incredible, like the 70% off-piste notion as since our traipsing through L'Espace Killy, with 80% of terrain off-piste, CM seems like a version with different topography I am sure, after all right under Rainier. The second video was cool, though everyone there seems to be an 'expert', a lot of good skiers, and they gave a great view of the terrain in 'used' and road often traveled conditions. The first vid was powder heaven, that is light fluff.
Thanks much for the info, learn something, will research vertical, slope difficulty, and this intro will give me the road-map.