Crystal Mountain Chinook Pass is one of the year-round attractions at this ski area bordered by Mt Rainier National Park. Located in the Snoqualmie National Forest, the Crystal Mountain ski area is one of the state’s biggest draw for skiers, providing plenty of trails and beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains. Whether you are skiing or snowboarding, taking a ride on the Chinook Express chairlift, or having a quiet meal at the Summit House, you’re guaranteed an amazing visit.
The Crystal Mountain ski area maintains 57 runs that are groomed nightly to keep the skiing surfaces in optimal condition for visitors. The numerous runs are posted with signs designating the experience level required. A green circle means the trail is the easiest while double black diamonds denotes the trail is for experts only. Private and group ski lessons are available at Crystal Mountain.
With over 2,600 acres to traverse in the Crystal Mountain Chinook area, including backcountry trails skiers have plenty of terrain entertainment. For snowboard enthusiast, the newest addition to the Crystal Mountain ski area in 2010 is the Sasquatch Jib Park located along the former 4,400-foot Mr. Magoo run. Snowboarders have more than 30 individual features to test and hone their skills.
The weather at Crystal Mountain can vary significantly affecting traffic to and from the resort as well as the operation of lifts and the opening and closing of runs. When planning a day or extended trip to Crystal Mountain Chinook, be aware of current weather conditions—the snowfall here is usually consistent from year to year, but there can be issues with storms or warm temperatures that cause the snow to melt.