Crystal Mountain Resort WA

Closed
Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee

Overall

3.6

Crystal Mountain has the most lift accessed vertical in Washington and offers up a variety of terrain as well as breathtaking views of Mount Rainer volcano. Lodging-wise, there are a few hotel options at the base and nearby Greenwater is a cute little town. For après ski, don't look past Snorting Elk. It's a super authentic ski bar and pretty much the only nightlife on the mountain.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Crystal Mountain Resort WA vs
Crystal Mountain Resort WAMission Ridge
beginner11 %8 %
intermediate54 %63 %
advanced32 %38 %
expert3 %13 %
total runs57 56
ski area2,600ac 2,000ac
summit elevation7,012ft 6,820ft
total lifts-6
child lift ticketFree $7
adult lift ticket$80 $69
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall347″ 80″

Crystal Mountain Resort WA Reviews

Very Good

4.1 / 5

based on 12 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
JJohn
advanced skier
What a gem! Great runs. 2 hours from Seattle. Sick blue runs and some nice black ones too. A couple of greens for the new ones also. Lots of space, literally never crowded. ... More
Average!

3.1 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
DDoug
advanced snowboarder
The best location for a day trip from Seattle. High speed lifts, on mountain lodges, and continual investment in the property. Beginner to scary advanced. Hidden gems of snow and places to hang out.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
MTMark T.
advanced snowboarder
This is one of my favorite mountains to ride it has everything there if you wanna go big is stick to the groomer you can there is also a lot of tree riding it gets a good amount of snow and is open for a long time ... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 20, 2017
JKJohnny K.
This is the biggest resort in Washington State at 2600 acres and is directly East of Mt. Rainier. At the top of the mountain you can get great views of Rainier literally IN YOUR FACE on days that it is not cloudy. 468" of snow per year so there are plenty of deep days. Hit Northway Chair for a backcountry-ish experience!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 16, 2017
DGDave G.
My go to favorite ski mountain for western washington. i lived outside of crystal for eight years while working out there and always felt lucky to have it so close to my house.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
MBMike B.
Crystal Mountain is everything a ski area should be. The location is beautiful, The terrain is beautiful and the people are friendly.. really good vibe and views. The lift system is basic and the mt has a good flow.. The main attraction and only attraction here is the skiing. Its not a bottom line for profit only operation and you can tell that the... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
JAJon A.
Living in the Seattle area, the three closest ski resorts are Crystal, Stevens Pass, and Summit at Snowqualamie. If I had to choose one to make as my go to mountain, it would deffinetly be Crystal. Crystal has the longest and most runs of any of the three resorts. The only issue with it is it does have a long line problem on the weekend, which is... More
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