New Snowmaking Efforts at Crystal Mountain Resort | Visit Rainier
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New Snowmaking Efforts at Crystal Mountain Resort


The gun show begins this November!  Crystal Mountain Resort added 28 new SMI Super Puma snow guns to their arsenal, making for a powerful total of 36 guns and a 350% increase in snowmaking capabilities.  The new guns are fully automated and more effective at higher temperatures than traditional snow guns found at other areas.  It’s one of the most state-of-the-art systems on the West Coast!  With the right temperatures, between two to three feet of snow can be made with each gun in a 24-hour period.  The coverage area is roughly 30,000 square feet per gun, and ideal snowmaking temps are around 27 -30 degrees.  The total coverage is 70 acres (roughly 53 football fields) and includes the Discovery Meadow, Quicksilver, Tinkerbell, Broadway and Upper Arwine’s.  Piles of snow can be made and pushed using snowcats to fill in other areas.  What does this mean?  As soon as we see a stretch of cold temps resort staff will fire up the guns and start stockpiling snow.  This will improve the odds of opening on Thanksgiving from 50%  to almost 90%.  The total investment for this phase is $4.8 million.  Phases two and three include extending our snowmaking lines up Queens Run to the top of the Forest Queen Express lift and up Lucky Shot to the summit.  This will help improve early season coverage and extend top-to-bottom skiing possibilities in the spring.  So start waxing your skis and boards because the lifts could be spinning sooner than you think this year!

Snowshoe at Crystal Mountain Resort
Snowshoe at Crystal Mountain Resort

Crystal Mountain Resort offers a host of lodging, dining and additional activities like scenic gondola rides and snowshoe tours. Experience the beauty of Crystal Mountain on foot! Let the Crystal Mountain Resort guides take you to explore the secret side of this amazing mountain and off the beaten path. This is a great activity for families and for guests who don’t ski or snowboard, or for those that want a little extra exercise! This year there are two options to choose from, a Guided Saturday Snowshoe Tour & Dinner or a Guided Private Snowshoe Tour.  

Come for the day and stay for the night. For lodging near the slopes click here.