The Powder Bowl Crystal Mountain Resort ski run lives up to its name. Known for great snow conditions and one of the favorites among skiers, this is a great way to start your ski trip to this resort in Western Washington. Powder Bowl received a Silver Award in the Best Expert Run category from the Tacoma News-Tribune in November 2008, and its quality hasn’t waned since.
Washington state skiing might not be as famous as what you’ll find in the Rockies, but its level of quality and range of levels on the ski runs have been bringing it more attention in recent years, and Crystal Mountain’s location not from from either the boundary of Mt Rainier National Park or the city of Seattle—it’s about 75 miles away—have drawn thousands of visitors who want to see one of Washington’s iconic attractions on a day trip from its biggest city.
Powder Bowl is designated a double-black diamond run, meaning it is not suitable for anyone but the most experienced skiers and snowboarders. Powder Bowl is located near the Little Portillo Trail, which has a lower level of difficulty—single black diamond—so it’s still possible to ski in this area, even if you’re not at the double-diamond level yet. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available as well, if you want to hone your skills to the level needed to ski the Powder Bowl.