Enjoy Crystal Mountain!
Crystal Mountain is a winter playground for skiers and non-skiers alike. Winter’s first snows signal the opening of Washington’s largest ski resort. The sprawling expanse of the ski terrain at Crystal Mountain 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. Crystal Mountain averages 367 inches of snowfall annually, which gives powder enthusiasts plenty to smile about.
Not a skier? Not a problem. Non-skiers can still enjoy scenic rides on the Mt. Rainier Gondola, as well as daily snowshoe rentals and snowshoe tours. Live music is also offered most weekends on the Sundeck at the base area, and the world-famous Snorting Elk Cellar offers live music most weekends.
In the summer, Washington’s largest ski area transforms into the perfect summer playground. Crystal Mountain Resort lies on the sunny side of Mt Rainier, just six miles from the Northeast entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park and the popular Sunrise area of the park. Nestled amid stunning forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and pure Washington wilderness, Crystal Mountain is a fun and relaxing escape any time of the year.
The Mt. Rainier Gondola, offers scenic rides in both the summer and winter seasons, with a 10-minute ride to breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams to the south, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak to the north and the Olympics to the west. Washington’s highest restaurant, the Summit House, is next to the gondola and open for lunch on all days the gondola is operating, as well as Saturday dinners during the summer months.
During the summer, enjoy interpretive walks winding through alpine lakes, along with epic ridgelines and through evergreen forests of Crystal Mountain. Guided horseback rides 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.
Crystal Mountain is accessible year-round via Highway 410 from Enumclaw. Highway 410 and 120 through Mt. Rainier National Park usually close sometime in November with the first heavy snowfall, and open in late Spring.