Events

Mar
20
Wed
Freeride World Qualifier 2*
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day

 
Crystal Mountain Resort is proud to host an International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) sanctioned FWQ 2 Star freeride competition. Freeriders are scored based on line choice, fluidity, technique, control, and style as they navigate through natural terrain featuring trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies where they are rewarded for using the features creatively. Showcasing their skills in Crystal’s most challenging terrain, these athletes are redefining the sport of Freeride.

Huge shout out to Sierra Nevada, the official beer sponsor of the Crystal Mountain Freeride World Qualifier 2* event! There will be beer specials all week long around the resort at the Bullwheel Restaurant, Chinook Cafe and Campbell Basin Lodge.

Schedule: 

Wednesday, March 20th: 

Registration and Venue Inspection 9 am to 4 pm. 

Mandatory Athlete meeting at 5pm (Chinook level of Base Lodge)

Registration is located in the Chinook level of Base Lodge (Same location as last year)

Thursday, March 21st: Competition Day

7:00 am Mandatory Athlete Meeting

7:45 am Load Chinook Chair (Competing Athletes and Coaches only)

8:00 am Venue inspection (closing at 8:45 am)

9:00 am Competition Starts (Ends around 4:00 pm)

5:00 pm Awards (Chinook Level of Base Lodge)

Friday, March 22nd: Weather Day

 

 

 

Mar
22
Fri
Freeride World Qualifier 4*
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

 
Crystal Mountain Resort is proud to host an International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) sanctioned FWQ 4 Star freeride competition. Freeriders are scored based on line choice, fluidity, technique, control, and style as they navigate through natural terrain featuring trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies where they are rewarded for using the features creatively. Showcasing their skills in Crystal’s most challenging terrain, these athletes are redefining the sport of Freeride.

Huge shout out to Sierra Nevada, the official beer sponsor of the Crystal Mountain Freeride World Qaulifier 4* event! There will be beer specials all week long around the resort at the Bullwheel Restaurant, Chinook Cafe and Campbell Basin Lodge.

 

Schedule: 

Friday, March 22nd: 

Registration and Venue Inspection 9 am to 4 pm. 

Mandatory Athlete meeting at 5pm (Chinook level of Base Lodge)

Registration is located in the Chinook level of Base Lodge (Same location as last year)

 

Saturday, March 23rd: Competition Day

7:00 am Mandatory Athlete Meeting

7:45 am Load Chinook Chair (Competing Athletes and Coaches only)

8:00 am Venue inspection (closing at 8:45 am)

9:00 am Competition Starts (Ends around 4:00 pm)

5:00 pm Awards (Chinook Level of Base Lodge)

 

Sunday, March 24th: Weather Day

 

 

 

 

Mar
23
Sat
Mountain Music Series @ Sundeck
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us every Saturday for live music on the sundeck! Grab a bite to eat and a cold (or hot) drink to enjoy after a fun day on the slopes and dance the afternoon away. Dancing in ski boots is encouraged! We’ll see you on the dance floor.

Mountain Music Series 2018-19

April 6, 2019DJ Cali Cosea and Chong the Nomad
April 13, 2019Crushwater
April 20, 2019TBA
April 21, 2019TBA
Mar
30
Sat
Sturtevant’s Spring Fling Demo Day 2019 @ East Peak Plaza
Mar 30 all-day

Check out next year’s gear at the biggest demo of the season. Over 15 ski and snowboard manufacturers will be setup outside of the Mountain Shop with their new lines available to test. Like what you try? Pre-order and save!

Demo Price: $25
Time: 9am-3pm (all demos must be back no later than 2:45pm)

These are expert level skis (no poles or boots). Skis must be switched out every two runs in order to test as many as you want and so everyone can have a turn testing.

List of Manufacturers: Blizzard, Burton, Capita, Dynastar, Head, K2 Skis & Snowboards, Kastle, Liberty, Line, Marker, Nordica, Ride, Rossignol Skis & Snowboards, Swix, Volkl, Armada, Atomic, GNU, Lib Tech, Salomon, and Salomon Snowboards.

Contact Kirk McEwan with questions [email protected] or Andrea [email protected]

Wild Skills: Jr. Ski Patrol Day
Mar 30 all-day

Join us for Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol presented by Clif Bar, a day camp at Crystal Mountain Resort on Saturday, March 30! Young girls will learn mountain safety and first aid while working with the strong women of the ski patrol community. This event is intended for intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders ages 8 – 17 who identify as female.

This SheJumps’ Wild Skills event is structured as full day camp experience, parents/legal guardians drop girls off, they are split into teams based on their skier ability and then rotate through different stations. Throughout the day, girls are taught a range of outdoor skills that are utilized by ski patrollers to keep the mountain safe. Girls will work alongside female patrollers and volunteers to learn more about the many facets of mountain safety and first aid.

We will provide 1 to 2 female mentorship engaging all generations in the sharing of knowledge and understanding. Connecting experience, energy and love for our natural places with the technical and survival skills girls need to get out and adventure.

Schedule for the Day

The event registration opens at 9:30 am and is located in the Chinook Cafe area of the main lodge.

On the day of the event, you’ll check in at registration and get your Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol packet and meet up with your team for the day. Teams will consist of 1 female ski patroller, 3 SheJumps volunteers and 8 girls of similar ski ability.

At 10 am we start the day at the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol headquarters located at the base area near the gondola. Ski Patrolers will lead all teams in a morning meeting covering ski patrol basics, a tour of the aid room and our agenda for the day.

From there teams will break out and proceed to their various stations throughout the mountain. Stations cover topics including first aid, mountain safety, toboggan use, snowmobile safety, gear caches, weather and avalanche basics & prevention. Along the way there is free skiing, surprises and games, of course!

Lunch will take place at Campbell Basin Lodge at 1pm. Lunch is included in the day and all teams will eat together in a reserved area. After lunch, all teams will proceed to the Avy Dog Demo where handlers will educate teams about the Crystal Mountain avalanche dog program and demonstrate a burial rescue situation.

The afternoon will wrap up with the remainder of station visits and a informal awards ceremony starting at 3:30 pm.

Timeline:

  • 9:30 Registration Opens, Location: Chinook Cafe – base area lodge
  • 10:00 Morning meeting
  • 10:30 All teams on mountain
  • 11:00 Station Set
  • 1:00 Lunch, LUNCH IS INCLUDED IN EVENT TICKET
  • 1:30 Avy Dog Demo – All teams
  • 2:00 Station Set
  • 3:30 Awards/Check Out, Location: Chinook Cafe – base area lodge
Mountain Music Series @ Sundeck
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us every Saturday for live music on the sundeck! Grab a bite to eat and a cold (or hot) drink to enjoy after a fun day on the slopes and dance the afternoon away. Dancing in ski boots is encouraged! We’ll see you on the dance floor.

Mountain Music Series 2018-19

April 6, 2019DJ Cali Cosea and Chong the Nomad
April 13, 2019Crushwater
April 20, 2019TBA
April 21, 2019TBA
18th Annual Dirt Bag Ball @ Bullwheel Bar
Mar 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
 

Get your party shoes on! This is the biggest bash of the year benefiting the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol Avalanche Dog program. 

The event is complete with drinks, DJ, photo booth, dancing and royalty!  Who will be this year’s Dirt Bag King and Queen?

Theme: Under The Sea
Time: 8:30pm-12:00am (last call 11:30pm)
Location: The Bullwheel
Cost: $25.00 (tickets on sale now at Ski Patrol, Wapiti Woolies & Greenwater Skis)
Raffle tickets: $5.00 (available for sale by Pro Patrol – ask the next one you see)

Email [email protected] with questions. Purchase tickets from ski patrol or by emailing Lisa.

The Bullwheel will close at 6pm to the public with the last seating at 4:30pm.

Mar
31
Sun
Crystal Mountain Skimo Race
Mar 31 @ 6:30 am – 12:45 pm

As the “Second Season” of spring touring begins in the PNW, come out to the last race of the “first season” at Crystal Mountain.  Enjoy racing (hopefully) in the sun up and down the slopes in the shadow of Mount Rainier.  As our series comes to an end, we will be having our largest post race party of the year on Crystal’s sundeck.  Series Awards will be presented to those who were competing all season long.  

Race Category will consist of two loops, while the Recreational Category will do two shorten loops (cutting out the bootpack up to the top of Chair 6).  Each Category will have a Heavy Mettle Division for those with “non race gear”, i.e more typical backcountry touring gear.  To qualify for the Heavy Mettle Division, you must be racing on “frame bindings” (Marker Tour F12, Salomon Guardian, Fritschi Freeride, etc) or a splitboard.

The Race Category will descend some double black diamond and off-piste runs, so race participants need to be comfortable navigating this terrain.  Depending on conditions, the course will have a steep bootpack as well. The Recreation Category will be challenging terrain, but not quite expert, and cut out the bootpack.

The Course

The full course will be confirmed once the resort is open and we can take a run through with Crystal Mountain Patrol to determine the specific routes. We will announce once we have the confirmed route, but here’s the general layout:

RACE COURSE:

The route will switchback up through Lower Ferks, cross Middle Ferks, and head up Wally’s Way. We’ll ascend K2 Face with some steep bootpacking and top off at the summit of Silver Queen (top of Chair 6). Some expert skiing back down to the lower mountain will take us to the Lower Arwine’s run and cruise on in to the base area. Each lap will be approximately 2,500’, and there will be two laps. In future years we are planning a route to have two separate laps.

RECREATION COURSE:

The route will be the same as the Race Course, except at the transition near K2 Face from skinning to booting, the Rec Course will turn around and down down from there. This will cut out any steep bootpacking and expert skiing terrain and also approximately 1,000’, making each loop 1,500’. Rec Course will also do two laps.

Schedule

6:30am Check In Opens
8:00am Pre-race Meeting at Start Line
8:30am  Race Begins
12:30pm Race Finishes
12:45pm Awards Ceremony
 

Required Gear

-Helmet must be worn the entire race (skimo, skiing, climbing, or bike helmets allowed)
-Eye protection
-Skis or snowboard with metal edges and retention system, minimum length 160cm for men, 150cm for women.
-Climbing skins
-Pack that can carry skis
-Windproof upper body layer
-Water bladder or bottle
 

Registration

Race Entry Fees:
Race Category: $55 ($10 increase on Mar 17)
Recreation Category: $45 ($10 increase on Mar 17)
If not sold out, day of race registration will be available for an additional $20 on initial fee
Crystal Mountain:
Crystal Mountain requires all racers to have a lift ticket. They are offering discounted lift tickets for $50 (available for purchase during registration) for all racers without a season’s pass. Pass will be valid all day of the race, so feel free to get some skiing in the afternoon after the race!
 

General Rules

The race staff reserves the right to delay, alter, or cancel the start based on snow, weather, and safety conditions.

Race takes place at an operational ski resort.  All racers will yield to resort guests and adhere to the skier Responsibility Code.  Racers will comply with any directions issued by the ski area staff or race officials.

Racers are required to stay within 5′ of the established skin track on the uphill portions.  During downhill portions, racers will stay with 30′ of course markings.

Transitions must occur within the marked off transition area.

Racers agree to equipment checks before, during, and after the event.

If opt to not finish the race, you MUST check in with the timing staff to know you’ve left the course.  Otherwise we will begin calling your emergency contacts and worrying them!

Any transgression of a rule will result in a time penalty or DQ at the discretion of the race staff.

Racers should be prepared for variable weather including but not limited to snow, high winds and cold temperatures.

Apr
6
Sat
Military Appreciation
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day

 

Military Appreciation – April 6-7, 2019

As a special thanks to our military, those with valid ID will receive 50% off walk-up ticket rates and $25 rental packages by simply presenting active or retired Military or Department of Defense I.D. at the ticket window or rental shop.  Excludes scenic gondola tickets.

3rd Annual Mike Brooks Memorial Brew Fest @ Base Area
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for the third annual Mike Brooks Memorial Brew Fest on April 6 to raise money for the Cascade Mountain Avalanche Dog Program!

For those who didn’t know Mike Brooks, Mike was on his way to work when he was tragically killed by an impaired driver on June 7, 2016. Mike left behind a wife (Rachael), a son (McCoy), and a daughter (Finley). One of the nicest people you will ever meet, Mike was an avid sports fan and an encyclopedia of trivia knowledge.

In addition to his family, Mike loved the outdoors. Whether it was hiking, camping, running, biking, or skiing, Mike loved being active and being outside. It is in this spirit that friends and family of Mike have chosen to host a memorial event in Mike’s honor at Crystal Mountain, where Mike also spent over a decade working in the Food & Beverage department.

Join us for a fun day on the slopes as we remember Mike Brooks. Friends and family invite you to participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes, beer tasting, silent auction, raffle and live music.  Proceeds from the beer ticket sales will benefit the Cascade Mountain Avalanche Dog Program.

Event Timeline:

On-site registration opens at 8 a.m.
Scavenger hunt begins at 9 a.m.
Silent Auction 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Beer tasting & live music is 12-5 p.m. 

2019 Pricing: 

Adult (no lift ticket): $35

Youth (no lift ticket): $15

Adult (+ lift ticket): $100

Youth (+ lift ticket): $60

Participating Beer Companies:

  • Sierra Nevada
  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Mac & Jack’s
  • Elysian Brewing
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Icicle Brewing
  • 7 Seas Brewing
  • Virtue Cider
  • Pursuit Distillery & Red Bull
  • and more to come!

Hotel Specials:

Crystal Hotels – Promo  Code=MIKE

Guests can also call the front desk for the special rate at 360-663-2262