CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT GUIDE

Crystal Mountain
Itineraries

Crystal Mountain Overview

This no frills mountain is a powderhound's dream with steep terrain, a vertical drop of 3,100 feet and deep snow. Crystal Mountain is located less than two hours from Seattle and 90 minutes from Tacoma. Seattle-based shredders have been honing their skills here for years. Nestled in the Northeast edge of Mt. Rainier National Park, Crystal benefits from large storms that tend to hang over its volcanic neighbor. The weather can be variable though and gore-tex is a must as base temperatures can be balmy and even rainy.   


The drive to Crystal leads visitors through a scenic forest with stunning views along the White River. When the storms break, there are several après spots to enjoy unspoiled views of Mt. Rainier. Parking lot B has a neighborly culture where you can pack your cooler and relax alongside RV neighbors. The scenic Summit House also has tasty bites and drinks with stunning views.  


Following the resort's acquisition by Alterra in 2018 and subsequent addition to the Ikon Pass, it has become more crowded. For the 2021-22 season, the Ikon Base Pass will offer 5 days only at Crystal. The Full Ikon Pass is unlimited.

Snow Reliability

Family Friendly

Snow-Making & Grooming

Travel Convenience

Terrain Variety

Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain

Ski School

Accommodations

On Mountain Dining