If you’re in or near Washington State, be sure to visit Crystal Mountain. Crystal Mountain is 7,004 feet above sea level and has a vertical drop of 3,102 feet, and is actually below Mount Rainier at 14,408 feet above sea level. Due to the cold cascading storms common in the region, several feet of fresh powder fell on Crystal Mountain between November and April.
This is rough terrain, and beginners offer little help in easy riding. However, lessons are offered and skis and other equipment can be rented. With more than 6,000 acres and 50 trails, Crystal Mountain is the largest ski area in Washington state. There are ten elevators to choose from: 2 high-speed 6-person elevators, 2 high-speed four-person elevators, 2 triple chairs, 3 double chairs, and 1 children’s ground lift.
The season lasts from mid-November to mid-April, when most snow falls. There are several places to choose from for accommodation, dining, and nighttime entertainment, but the biggest draw is, of course, the skiing.
Crystal Mountain Express bus service operates on weekends from mid-December to mid-March. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and dropped off at Base Plaza – where you can start your day of skiing fun. After a day of skiing, be sure to stop by the East Peak Massage and Fitness Center to enjoy the jacuzzi, sauna, showers and even the games room. Massage services are also available upon advance reservation.
If your child isn’t ready for Black Diamond Trails – but you are – you can enroll them at the Kids Club. The Kids Club is open daily from 8am to 4pm for children ages 4 to 11. Children aged 4 to 11 are supervised while skiing on the “kid-friendly” slopes, and children aged 7 to 11 can also snowboard. Your child will be happy when being supervised and taught. Supervision fees include a four-hour lesson, lift tickets, lunch and supervision. Children can rent equipment for a fee.
Everyone had fun at Crystal Mountain. It’s a great place for a family vacation, but again, the slopes are more suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers – although beginners will have fun too. Just use common sense and avoid paths you are not prepared for.
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