Helpful Hints

Make your day on the mountain memorable in a good way by planning ahead. At Crystal Mountain, we’re here to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead – pack the night before your trip and map out your driving directions.

Label your name on all equipment: coats, gloves, hats and goggles in case anything gets left behind.
Stow an extra vehicle key safely and separately from your usual set of keys.

Check weather conditions before leaving home and prepare accordingly. Our toll free current conditions line is updated early each morning and throughout the day.1.888.SKI.6199.

Crystal’s weather can change by the minute, be prepared for the elements by dressing in layers. Avoid wearing cotton next to your skin and make sure your outer layer is water-repellent.

Be prepared for winter driving conditions. Take it slow on ice and snow. Allow extra room between vehicles and avoid abrupt actions while steering, braking or accelerating.

Clear snow and ice off your vehicle – including lights and roof – before driving. Keep your car stocked with basic winter safety equipment such as a scraper, shovel, chains and jumper cables.

Fill’er up before leaving home – Gas is not available at Crystal Mountain.

For more tips on winter driving visit the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website.

Upon Arrival

Once you arrive, follow parking attendants to one of our lettered parking lots. Our shuttle will take you right to the heated plaza and ticketing windows. Please note the letter of your parking lot as certain shuttles return only to certain lots.

Restrooms are located on lower level of the main lodge just to the right of the main stairs.

If you plan to rent equipment, demo equipment or take lessons, arrive no later 8:30am to allow plenty of time to gear up. Save time at the ticket window by going directly to the Rental Shop or the Snowsports Learning Desk to purchase your entire package (lift tickets and all). Both are located just past the ticket windows to the left of the main stairs.

Fuel Up

Keep hydrated throughout the day. Even if you feel cold, your body is using up lots of water by keeping you both warm and upright!

Hungry, thirsty, or chilly? Fuel-up with a tummy warming beverage and snack from the Cascade Grill or Chinook Cafe. Warm up next to the fire pit while eating a kabob from the new Schuss Cafe.

Ready to break for lunch? Grab a bite at the Campbell Basin Lodge located at the top to the Forest Queen chairlift or the newly renovated Summit House Restaurant for something a little more gourmet.

Be Safe & Secure

Get to know the mountain by picking up a free trail map. Review the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code.

Security is on staff, however Crystal is not responsible for lost or stolen equipment.

If you’d like to store your boots or pack, Crystal offers coin-operated lockers in the rental shop and restrooms. Or, if you need to access your belongings throughout the day, we suggest using Ski Check located at the base of the slopes atop the main stairs on your left.

Other Tips

If you forgot your gloves, coat or any other necessities, don’t worry. The Right Angle Sports Shop has you covered. Please note Crystal does not rent clothing.

New To Crystal?

If you’ve never been to Crystal Mountain we have a few pointers to make your trip even more enjoyable:

Plan ahead. Check out the weather, pack the night before, print-out driving directions.

Crystal’s weather can change by the minute, so be ready by dressing in layers. Avoid wearing cotton next to your skin and make sure your outer layer is water-repellent.

If you’re planning on either renting equipment or taking lessons make sure you’re up here no later 9am to allow plenty of time to get organized.

Be careful not to drink too much coffee on the way up, restrooms few and far between.

Once you arrive, following parking attendants to one of our lettered parking lots. Catch the shuttle which will deliver you right to the heated plaza and ticketing windows. Remember which lot you parked in as only certain shuttles return to each lot.

If you’re renting or taking lessons, you can bypass the lift ticket windows and proceed directly to the Rental Shop or the Snowsports Office. Both are located just past the ticket windows to the left of the main stairs.

Restrooms, which you’ll probably need to visit straight off are located on lower level of the main lodge just to the right of the main stairs.

If you’d like to store your boots or pack, we have two systems. Coin-operated lockers are available in the rental shop and in the restrooms. If you need to access your belongings throughout the day, we suggest using Ski Check located right at the base of the slopes to the top of the main stairs on your left. They will store your pack and also watch your skis and board throughout the day.

Familiarize yourself with the mountain by picking up a free trail map and also reviewing the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Even though you might feel cold, your body is using up lots of water by keeping you both warm and upright!

If you’re hungry and looking for something quick, try lunch at the Campbell Basin Lodge located at the top to the Forest Queen chairlift . Feel like taking it easy and enjoying a nice sit-down lunch, try the newly remodeled Summit House restaurant at the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola and Rainier Express chairlift.