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 snowboarding 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. Crystal Mountain is known for an average of 380 inches of snowfall annually.
Looking for some challenge? Start with either the steepp Right Angle trees or the chutes down Snorting Elk Bowl. 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. Keep in mind that there isn't a snowboarder terrain park at Crystal.
For apres ski action after a long day of snowboarding, check out the new Bull Wheel at the base lodge and then head down to the Snorting Elk Cellar for some live music.
To reach Crystal Mountain Resort 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. It's about a 40 mile drive from Seattle. 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.
Local Contacts: Crystal Mountain Resort (360) 663-2265; MRNP (360) 569-2211; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800; Avalanche Report (206) 526-6677.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: National Park Inn, Longmire (360) 569-2275; Alpine Inn (888) 754-6400; Village Inn
Luxury Loding: Paradise Inn (360) 569-2275; Quick Silver Lodge
Breakfast Restaurant: Alpine Inn; Cascade Grill at Silver Creek Lodge
Reference Source: click here https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/
GPS: 46.935453, -121.475159
Date Published: 12/25/2015
Date Updated: 1/29/2019
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