A winter playground and summer oasis, Crystal Mountain Resort lies on the sunny side of Mt Rainier, just six miles from the Northeast entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Nestled amid stunning forests, wildflower-filled meadows and pure Washington wilderness, Crystal is a fun and relaxing escape any time of the year.
New in 2011, the Mt. Rainier Gondola, open November – September, is a scenic 10-minute ride to breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and far beyond. Washington’s highest restaurant, the Summit House, is next to the gondola and open for lunch on all days the gondola is operating, and offers weekend dinners and Sunday brunches during the summer.
Miles of hiking and biking trails wind through alpine lakes, along epic ridge lines and through evergreen forests during the summer. Guided horseback rides with Chinook Pass Outfitters showcase the best this area has to offer in a relaxing, safe atmosphere. An 18-hole disc golf course spans the mountain top-to-bottom, and frequent weekend events bring live music to the hillsides.
Winter’s first snows signal the opening of Washington’s largest ski resort. The sprawling expanse of the ski terrain flows over half a dozen peaks and basins and lends itself to seemingly limitless variations. 2,600 acres of gentle groomed runs for beginners to challenging steeps, glades, chutes, bowls and expansive backcountry for the more adventurous take care of skiers and snowboarders of all levels.