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

Mountain Music Series @ Sundeck
Apr 6 @ 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
Red Bull Homerun
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, April 6th for Red Bull Homerun – a participative skiers and snowboarders race down the mountain from top to bottom with high speed, technical and gliding sections, to be the first one down the slope. Red Bull Homerun crowns the fastest skiers and snowboarders, along with the best dressed in the PNW.

We’ll end the race with an Apres Ski Party on the Sundeck from 5-8PM.

Registration: Spots are currently sold out, but there will be unclaimed bib pick up starting at 1PM on event day.


The Course & Race Details:

Racers will stage their gear at the top of the Forest Queens Chairlift. From there, the racers will start down the knoll at the Chair 6 Chair line. When given the signal, racers will run up-hill to their gear, clip in and start their run down Upper Chapelle’s to Queens. From Queens racers will take a right onto Snow Garden and follow that to Quicksilver. From Quicksilver, it’s a straight run to the finish arch in the Discovery Meadow. 

NOTE: This is a high speed, mass start race for expert skiers and riders only.  Competitors should realize that this event is unique and involves significant risk.  Voluntarily engaging in this activity could result in injury, death and/or damage to property.  Some risks are inherent in or integral to the nature of this event and cannot be eliminated or reduced.

Course Map:


The Last Ditch Effort Banked Slalom @ Crystal Mountain
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Last Ditch Effort Banked Slalom is back! Inspired by Crystal Mountain Ambassador Blair Habenicht, this banked slalom is a salute to another great winter season. On Saturday April 13th, head out on the slopes for a weekend full of slushy berms and good times with the snowboard community. This is not limited to snowboarders, you can get gnarly in the snowskate division too! 

Start Times

First racers will begin at 9:30

TBD – Approximate race times for each category will be posted at registration the morning of the race. 

AWARDS CEREMONY – at base area will take place at approximately 4:30pm.


Each racer will take 2 runs through the course. The fastest time of the 2 runs will be used for final placing. Slalom format: In order to make a qualifying run racers must pass on the outside of each set gate.


Slope: Memorial Ditch / Frontside off of Rainier Express or Gondola

Registration & Awards Ceremony at the base lodge (under the tent).

For more info visit:

Mountain Music Series @ Sundeck
Apr 13 @ 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
Sierra Nevada End Of Season Retro Party @ Sundeck
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Join Sierra Nevada on the Sundeck for the end of the season 80’s Retro Ski Party in the sun! DJ Indica Jones will be spinning tunes, Sierra Nevada beer specials will be on tap and Sierra Nevada will be raffling off a pair of skis and a snowboard! We hope to see you on the dance floor in your 80’s gear and party like it’s 1989!

Elysian Superfuzz Bikini Downhill 2019 @ Gold Hills
Apr 20 all-day

The 9th annual bare skin bonanza takes place on Gold Hills! Dress in your favorite beach gear and hit the slopes!

– Women’s ski & snowboard heats
– Men’s ski & snowboard heats

There will be heats of 5 and the fastest from each heat will advance to the super finals! 1st place in each category wins a 2019/2020 Ikon Base Pass!


Women’s Ski

Women’s Snowboard

Men’s Ski

Men’s Snowboard

Registration is $30 CASH ONLY PLEASE and includes a limited edition Bikini Downhill t-shirt (100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Crystal Mountain Fire Department)

Registration is limited to the first 25 in each category (must register in person): Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard (ages 18+ only to register)

8:30 – 10:00am Registration at the Bullwheel (all competitors must check-in at registration)
2:00 pm Race on Gold Hills
4:00 pm Awards & Live Music

Easter Sunrise Viewing, Brunch & Activities
Apr 21 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am

Catch the Sunrise at 6,872′

In celebration of the last day of the 2018-19 winter season, we will be running the gondola early for guests to catch the sunrise at the summit of Crystal Mountain. The Mt. Rainier Gondola will be open starting at  5:30 a.m. for guests to upload to watch the sunrise at 6:08 a.m. After enjoying the sunrise, guests may make a reservation in advance to have brunch at the Summit House Restaurant and continue to soak up the views of Mt. Rainier.

*Summit House brunch is currently full, no more reservations are available. 


UPDATE: No longer accepting walk-ins after brunch service. Ice Bar will remain available.

5:30a.m. Mt. Rainier Gondola open for uploads (No skis allowed until 9:00a.m. unless you added First Tracks to your reservation. Everyone must have a ticket or season pass to ride the gondola to enjoy the sunrise)

5:15 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. Ticket windows will be open for scenic tickets sales (everyone going up must have a ticket or season pass)

5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Sunrise viewing along the ridge (Great for photographers wanting to capture a beautiful sunrise from the summit ridge) 

6:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Non-Denomination Service (Optional)

6:08 a.m. Sunrise

7:00 a.m. First brunch seating at the Summit House Restaurant (SOLD OUT)

9:00 a.m. Second brunch seating at the Summit House Restaurant (SOLD OUT)

11:00 a.m. Third brunch seating at the Summit House Restaurant (SOLD OUT)

Summit House Brunch (FULL)

If we are at capacity please consider visiting our Bullwheel Restaurant or Cascade Grill in the base area.

  • In the circumstances that weather moves in and we can’t operate the Mt. Rainier Gondola, the Brunch will be held at the Bullwheel

Brunch Buffet Menu

  • Assorted Frittata’s: Winter Mushroom & Thyme, Roasted Tomato & Basil, Olive & Artichoke
  • Applewood Bacon/ Breakfast Sausage Links
  • Roasted Red Potatoes Lyonnaise
  • Thyme Roasted Winter Root Vegetables
  • Seared Steelhead, Mixed Olive & Artichoke Tapenade, Braised Black Beans
  • Oven Roasted Tomato Mac N’ Cheese “Fondue” Bake
  • Herb Brined Brown Sugar Baked Ham, Carved, Horseradish Creme
  • Assorted Bread/Bagel/Pastry Display
  • Smoked PNW Salmon, Capers, Red Onions, Chive Whipped Cream Cheese, Tomato Relish
  • Assorted Deviled Eggs
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Bacon Lardons, Lemon, Parmesan
  • Mixed Green Salad, Pickled Red Onion, Cucumber, Tomato, French Vinaigrette
  • Assorted Dessert Table
  • & More

Sunrise Service

The Easter Sunrise Service is optional for guest and will be held at 6:00a.m. Service location will be held just down the ridge/stairs from the gondola terminal. Appropriate footwear and additional layers highly recommended. No reservations needed.

Skiing Easter Bunny

Catch him if you can… The Easter Bunny will hit the slopes with a basket of candy at 9:00 a.m. 

Easter Egg Hunt

This will take place at the Alpine Inn starting at 12:30 p.m. for children 10 and under. Parents – please bring 12 candy filled eggs to the Alpine Inn by 11am.

Sierra Nevada Spring Splash @ Base Area
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Splash into Spring with us on April 21st to ring out another awesome season on the slopes of Crystal Mountain. The pond skim will be hosted from 2-4pm in the base area. Bring your best spring attire and show off your pond skimming skills. There will be prizes for the best pond skims (male/female) and best dressed! 


April 21st: 8-10a.m. in the Chinook Cafe

$20 each participant, benefitting the Crystal Mountain Volunteer Patrol (cash only)

Ages: Must be 18 or older

NEW TIME: 2-4PM in the Meadow


8-10AM: Registration in the Chinook Cafe

2-4PM: Pond Skim

4PM: Awards


Best Female Pond Skim (Ikon Base Pass for the 2019/2020 winter season)

Best Male Pond Skim (Ikon Base Pass for the 2019/2020 winter season)

Best Dressed (Sierra Nevada Snow Swag and more!)