General Safety

We are committed to promoting responsibility and awareness.  The Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol and Safety Patrol are available to assist guests in making the skiing and snowboarding experience as safe as possible. Please call the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol emergency number in case of any emergency: 360-663-3064

Visit the Ski Patrol Blog for current safety information, tips, warnings, closures, snow conditions and more.

Safety Tips

Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. Crystal Mountain allows the use of alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Snowsport activities are inherently dangerous, and the risk in these activities cannot be completely eliminated by Crystal Mountain. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Skier Responsibility Code

Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  1. Always stay in control.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Know the code. It’s your responsibility. Officially Endorsed by National Ski Areas Association

Trail Designations

Trail difficulty designations are relative only to Crystal Mountain and may not correspond to difficulty designations at other skis areas. When new to an area, always start out on terrain well within your ability. Trail designations are listed on the trail map, as well as on signs at the beginning of most main trails.

Speed Control Zones

There are designated Speed Control Zones at Crystal Mountain that offer families and beginners easy terrain and slow skiing zones to enjoy their skiing experience. Fast skiing is not allowed in these areas, and families with beginners are encouraged to utilize these trails. Learn more

Chairlift Safety

Riding chairlifts is a dangerous activity that could result in injury or death if done improperly. As the chairlift rider it is your responsibility to know how to properly use any chairlift, and to notify the lift operator immediately if you or other riders need assistance. 

Deep Snow & Tree Well Safety

The Pacific Northwest’s deep maritime snowpack can create the danger of being trapped in the unseen void next to large trees. When skiing or riding off groomed trails in deep snow conditions, always have a partner and keep each other in sight. Learn more

Avalanche Safety

Though extremely rare, it is possible to be caught in an avalanche within the ski area boundary after explosives mitigation has occurred. It is the responsibility of the skier or snowboarder to practice safe skiing techniques and always ski or ride with a partner. Avalanche prone areas at Crystal Mountain are identified on the trail map, and by signage on the mountain. Learn More

Boundary Policy

“Ducking” ropelines is prohibited at Crystal Mountain.

Crystal Mountain Resort shares boundaries with the US Forest Service and National Park Service. Leaving the ski area boundary is allowed at all times through any designated exit point. These exit points are identified on the trail map, and by signage on the mountain. The areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or controlled. YOU assume all responsibility for your safety. Rescue, if possible, may be slow and costly. Learn More

Uphill Travel

Uphill travel within the ski area boundary is allowed in designated areas at specific times. All users must check in with ski patrol for approved routes. Uphill travel in closed terrain or beyond “No Hiking Above This Point” signs is not allowed regardless of whether the user has purchased or used a lift ticket. Please note that signs denoting closed terrain are only placed at the top of the closed areas. Check in with ski patrol for the current terrain closure status. Learn More

Washington State Law

Washington State Skiers’ Responsibility Code, R.C.W.79A.45 is an act relating to the duties of operators and users of commercial ski areas. Excerpts from the act include but are not limited to the following: R.C.W.79A.45 030(1)- “In addition to the specific requirements of this section, all skiers shall conduct themselves within the limits of their individual ability and shall not act in a manner that may contribute to the injury of themselves or any other person. And, “R.C.W.79A.45.030.(7)- “Any person skiing outside the confines of trails open for skiing or runs open for skiing within the ski area boundary shall be responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from his or her action.”

Read the full Chapter: Chapter 79A.45