The Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain is now open for business. Crystal has received over three feet of snow during the past week creating great conditions for a day on the slopes. Many of the main trails are machine groomed wall-to-wall. The snow is staying dry and soft with the cold temps. Come take a ten minute ride on the gondola and check it out for yourself!
Mt. Rainier Gondola Facts:
-First gondola at a ski area in Washington – Base elevation: 4,400 feet – Top elevation: 6,856 feet – Vertical rise: 2,456 feet – Slope length: 6,901 feet – Trip time: 9 minutes 39 seconds (approx) – 36 cabins total (17 to start, with another 19 to be added) – Uphill capacity: 600 people per hour, 900 after additional cabins are added – Cabin interval: every 53 seconds, 32 seconds after additional cabins are added – 13 towers – Speed: 800 ft/min – Will travel from the base area to the summit – Costs: approx $5.5 mill
Photo Credit: Crystal Mountain