Crystal Mountain Resort Snowboarding
The 3rd most popular snowboarding destination in Washington.
Friday 5 August 2016 03:08 GMT
Southeast of Takoma and Greenwater, the Crystal Mountain ski area has 57 runs spread across 2,600 acres that are served by 10 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,100 feet. And, if that's not enough for you, there are 1,000 acres of accessible backcountry snowboarding through the gates into North Country or South Country. Located on the border of Mt. Rainier National Park, the view from the summit area provides an intimate experience with the 14,400-foot volcano known as Mount Rainier.
Looking for some challenge? Try hiking to the summit of Silver King for double black diamond descents. Going bigger? Try jumping Hole-In-The-Wall or try the steeps at Campbell Basin. Not tough enough? Then try the Brain Damage route on the north face of Silver King Peak, a 1000 foot long 50 degree mini-coulior filled with steep rock bands. Better yet - look for untracked powder in the steep Powder Bowl. If glades are your passion, try Exterminator.
For apres ski, check out the new Bull Wheel at the base lodge.
For nightlife, don't miss the Snorting Elk Cellar.
To reach Crystal Mountain Ski Area from Seattle, head south on US5 to Exit #142A for Auburn. Follow SR164 to Enumclaw, and then SR410 east for 33 miles before entering Mount Rainier National Park. Proceed six miles up Crystal Mountain Boulevard to the resort. Note: SR410 is closed east of Crystal Mountain during the winter.
Tip: try grabbing breakfast up at the Summit House. In addition to the great grub, you'll get access to first tracks.
Overall, Crystal Mountain Resort is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Washington.