Check out our guest post from www.wildwashington.com and the below quick video of one of our reporters making a few turns last yearm at Crystal Mountain! Many more videos to come this ski season.
The folks at Crystal Mountain are kind enough to be sponsoring our November Contest, so we are giving away 2 free Lift tickets to one of the best ski destinations around. You can enter up to 4 times by doing any of the following (If you use the blog, tweet or facebook method to enter then just reply to this post so we can properly associate each entry.):
- Post a Washington State Winter Themed Photo in our Photo Gallery Forum.
- Link to this post on your website/blog.
- Tweet about this post with a link to it
- Link to this post on your facebook account
This contest runs now until November 30th. At the end of the November we’ll take all of the entries and randomly select the winner. Good luck to all!
Note: Employees of WildWashington and/or Mindraven may not participate in this contest.
Weather Gods are predicting a La Nina winter, which means great things for the Pacific Northwest. The last big La Nina event brought record snowfall to Crystal Mountain. Fingers are crossed that this season will bring another big snow year.
Words of advice- bring fat skis. The snow is deep and the water content is high. The wider the skis, the easier it is to float. The thicker snow is just the stuff needed to stick to steeper slopes, which there are plenty of at Crystal.
Crystal Mountain is well known for its variety of terrain. From family friendly groomers to serious sidecountry, to numerous stashes of tree skiing, Crystal has it all. Almost half of the terrain is black diamond. The South Backcountry, an avalanche-controlled extension of the expert High Campbell terrain, offers the best steeps. You have to work a little for it, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
With the new eight-passenger Mt. Rainier Gondola, taking riders from the base to the summit in nine minutes, the mountain will be offering First Tracks Breakfast. Prepare to watch the sunrise on the mountain while you eat your pancakes. This is the place to be on a powder day. When the patrol gives the all-clear, you will be the first to hit the slopes–be it powder or groomer–beating the crowds and enjoying a run or two all to yourself.
Check out the Summit House Restaurant for the best on-mountain dining experience of any kind in the Pacific Northwest. At the very top of the ski area at 6,872’ it’s only eleven miles from Mt. Rainier, offering breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and a cozy ambience. The fresh Northwest cuisine can’t be beat. New for this year, the restaurant will be open for après ski and dinner. Ride the gondola up after hours and watch the sunset on Mt. Rainier over drinks or watch the snow swirl outside the windows, promising a powder day.
Also new at Crystal this year is custom boot fitting at Crystal Bootworks. Martin Rand, renowned bootfitter, will ease your foot pain and improve your day on the hill. He will offer full-service boot and ski demos as well as sales.
Non-skiers can adventure into the Crystal Backcountry during a guided snowshoe tour. The tour begins by taking a chairlift to the outrun of the South Backcountry, continues around Lower and Upper Henskin Lakes and ends at the lodge for a cheese fondue dinner. With friendly guides, beautiful views and great food, this one is worth it.
Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder or just a fan of snow, mountains and amazing views- this is the winter to be at Crystal.