Just the facts about Crystal Mountain
Mountain Stats and Facts
This Northwest jewel, which first opened in 1962, is located on the Northeast corner of Mt. Rainier National park.
The sprawling expanse of the ski terrain flows over half a dozen peaks and basins and lends itself to seemingly limitless variations. Experience breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range from the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola and Summit House restaurant; a place you can enjoy fresh Northwest cuisine and relax and reflect on the majesty of the towering peaks and sweeping views.
The keyword at Crystal Mountain is variety.
You’ll find 2,600 acres of everything from gentle groomed runs for beginners to challenging steeps, glades, chutes, bowls and expansive backcountry for the more adventurous skiers and snowboarders. Crystal Mountain averages 486 inches of snowfall annually which gives powder enthusiasts plenty to smile about. Check out our webcams for current conditions and beautiful views!
Over $30 million has been invested in the area over the past decade.
Top of the line high-speed lifts, terrain expansion, new dining facilities, day lodge renovations, a whole new rental fleet, and the addition of the Mt. Rainier Gondola, make Crystal Mountain the premier ski and snowboard area in Washington.
When it comes time to refuel, you have plenty of options.
From ethnic dishes at the mid-mountain Campbell Basin Lodge to gourmet Northwest cuisine at the Summit House Restaurant to delicious pub fare at the Bullwheel, you won’t go hungry. Don’t want to sit down? Grab a burger or slice of pizza at the Cascade Grill or a light snack from the Chinook Café, which also offers espresso.
Come for the day or stay the night.
We have three lodging partners that are conveniently located at the base of the mountain making for a great family vacation or a quick weekend away. Check them out on our Where to Stay page.
We’re closer than you think.
All this can be found less than 2 hours from Seattle and Bellevue and 1 1/2 hours from Tacoma. rich-text
Crystal Mountain by the numbers
Base – 4,400 feet
Lower Northway – 3,912 feet
Summit (top of the gondola) – 6,872 feet
Silver King – 7,012 feet
2,600 Total Acres
2,300 Lift serviced Acres
57 Designated Trails
Advanced/Expert – 35%
Intermediate – 54%
Beginner – 11%
Earliest opening date: October 1, 2013
Latest closing date: July 16, 2011
19,588 passengers per hour (19,888 with all 36 gondola cabins) rich-text
Individual Lift Statistics
Mt. Rainier Gondola (8-passenger)
4,456′-6,856′ (2,400 vertical)
Chinook Express (high-speed 6-passenger)
4,430′-5,280′ (850 vertical)
Forest Queen Express (high-speed 6-passenger)
5,103′-6,250′ (1,147 vertical)
Rainier Express (high-speed 4-passenger)
5,270′-6,854′ (1,584 vertical)
Green Valley Express (high-speed 4-passenger)
5,880′-6,800′ (920 vertical
4,443′-5,260′ (717 vertical)
4,418′-4,580′ (162 vertical)
Gold Hills (triple)
4,456′-5,044′ (588 vertical)
4,900′-6,776′ (1,870 vertical)
Chair 6 (double)
6,080′-6,992′ (912 vertical)