Solar Eclipse Viewing – SOLD OUT

August 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Solar Eclipse Viewing – SOLD OUT

This event is sold out!  The Gondola will open to the public at 10am.

We are very excited to announce a special viewing from the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola (elevation 6,872 feet) for the Great American Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and Crystal Mountain Resort is in the path of 90% totality. It has been almost 40 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed North America.

Mt. Rainier Scenic Gondola Ride – August 21, 2017

We will open the Gondola at 7:15 a.m. for those who purchased tickets in advance.  There will be a limited number of scenic gondola tickets available for purchase. Tickets are nonrefundable. Guests will be able to ride the gondola down to the base area after the eclipse. 

Solar Eclipse Gondola Ticket Rates: (includes safety viewing glasses)
Adult Lift Ticket $23
Youth $12
Senior $18
Children (0-3) Free

Important Info.

  • The Mt. Rainier Gondola will open at 7:15am and operate until 5:00pm.
  • 8 guests per gondola
  • A small backpack is permitted.  We recommend that you bring sunscreen, water, snacks, and warm clothing or a jacket.  Temperatures at the summit often dip into the 50’s or lower depending on the weather system.
  • Crystal Mountain Resort is not responsible for inclement weather.  On occasion, lightning and wind may cause delays and cause closures in operation. Weather is a risk and tickets are non-refundable. 
  • In the event of a mechanical issue, your ticket will be valid for another day this summer.
  • Before you depart the summit, please remember to pack out what you pack in, and pick up any garbage. Please be respectful of the mountain and surrounding wildlife.
  • Tickets cannot be resold, bartered or traded.

Breakfast at the Summit House Restaurant: 

The Summit House Restaurant will be offering a breakfast buffet and continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for those who purchased tickets for the Solar Eclipse Viewing!
Full Buffet includes: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes ($13.99 Adults, $6.99 Kids)
Continental breakfast includes: variety of muffins and danishes, mixed fruit, yogurt and granola ($6.99 Adults, $3.99 Kids).  Both options include coffee, tea and juice.
Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Lunch service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Fun facts about the 2017 Solar Eclipse

  • Only certain destinations will reach total darkness
  • Total darkness in Madras, Oregon will last approximately 2 minutes
  • Total solar eclipses are rare
  • A solar eclipse happens at New Moon
  • This is the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years
  • Next total eclipse won’t happen until 2024

Solar Eclipse Safety

  • Proper eye protection is necessary to safely look directly at the sun except during eclipse totality. Severe eye injury can result without protection. Eclipse glasses are the simplest method to view the eclipse from start to finish.
  • Never look directly at the sun’s rays-even if the sun is partly obscured. During the short time when the moon completely blocks the sun-the period of totality-you may look directly at the star, but you must know when to remove and replace your glasses. Remember you must be in the narrow path of totality to look at the sun without protection.
  • Special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers provide the only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not sufficient.

Learn more about the eclipse on the NASA website.