Childhood is always the best part of anyone’s lives. No responsibilities, carefree lives, vacations, fun and care of our parents. Now, who does not remember playing snowball fight as kids, sliding down on sledges, making a snowman, ice castles and much more? While growing up, we miss out on all this. Education, career, building a home and all takes away the kid in us. So when we get a chance to be that kid again why don’t we take it? Why back off from the fun? Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ski mountaineering can bring back that kid inside us. So, these winters open your heart to endless fun. Just pack your bags and plan your weekend away on a ski resort and unleash the child in you.
If you are planning a weekend full of snow fun, then simply go to Crystal Mountain. The resort is placed in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Pierce County, Washington. It has a vertical drop of 3100 feet and lifts have a vertical drop of 2602 feet. Crystal Mountain has a top elevation of 7102 feet and the lifts go up to 7002 feet. The base elevation is 3912 feet, and lifts can go up to 4400 feet. The resort offers a vast area of 2600 acres for skiing out of which 2300 is lift serviced while 300 acres is inbound backcountry.
Base Elevation: 7851 feet
Summit Elevation: 9920 feet
Vertical Drop: 2270 feet
The place has many different runs suiting to various types of levels. The longest run offered is of 4 km. There are 12 lifts over there. Out of the 12 lifts, 1 is Gondola, 10 are chairs and 1 is a magic carpet. This gives the place the lift capacity of 20760 people per hour. The place has one terrain park. This is all round the favorite place for skiers because of abundant snowfall. The place receives 350 inches of snowfall yearly. The place also offers night skiing. The place has chair opened till 6 pm for some nights according to the weather. The place is proud of having a high number of visitors every year with new people approaching every year. So just get ready and plan your weekend to this wonderful mountain.
Crystal Mountain has a total of 57 runs which are according to the different levels of skiing. All runs are thrilling and packed with adventure. Firstly, you have to know the level of your skiing. Instructors can help you with that. Secondly, you have to see that whether you need lessons or not. If you desire lessons then you can apply for lessons.
Beginner level – out of the total of 57 runs, 11 % are easy runs. They are meant for beginner skiers. If you have never learned skiing or trying it for the first time, you should go for this one. Also, if you desire, you can buy the beginner package just from the lift tickets counter.
Intermediate level – out of the total 57 runs, 54 % are of intermediate level. They are challenging and thrilling at the same time. Here you can enhance your skills. You can not only ski at your free will but also learn new things from the instructors present at the Crystal Mountain.
Experienced level – out of the total of 57 runs, 35 % are for experienced skiers. These are the most challenging runs and are meant for people who are experts at skiing. Experienced skiers have to face high-level challenges over here.
Here at Crystal Mountains, skiing is just one of the many ways you can have fun and enjoy yourselves to the fullest. Snowshoeing is one such activity which allows you and your kids to snowshoe in this beautiful destination. The guests can snowshoe in the Art Park in the early part of the day and once the upper track is groomed. Post that; visitors can snowshoe between the Art Park and amphitheater and have fun.
Not everyone is a thrill lover and loves flying down the hill slopes at tremendous speeds while skiing. To cater to visitors who love to take things slow and steady and enjoy a view of the beautiful landscape, the Crystal Mountain ski resort offers horse-drawn Surrey rides. Enjoy the picturesque and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains in the Surrey driven by fantastic Belgian horses. What’s more, you will be offered hot chocolate and a bonfire once the ride is concluded as a complimentary service.
Lift tickets at Crystal Mountain are very affordable. Also, you can avail the benefit of buying five ticket pack online. The pack can be used on one day or different days. The vouchers can be shared or saved for an individual. They have to be used during the season and cannot be canceled. Also, there is added benefit that kids of age ten years and under do not have to pay for lift tickets. Two tickets for kids of 10 years and under are free with one lift ticket for an adult. The lift tickets on a daily basis are charged as follows –
For adults, the cost of tickets is priced at $74 for the complete day while for half a day, the price is $69. The Discover Only pass is meant for the beginners and is priced at $39. Accordingly, for youngsters (11 – 15) the cost of a ticket is $ 50, $ 45 and $ 39. For Children (0 – 10) all tickets are free. For senior citizens ( 70 +) the charges are $ 50, $ 45 and $ 39.
If you just want to enjoy the picturesque views of Mt. Rainier Gondola then just buy the ticket for Gondola ride and enjoy. The charges differ from age group to age group and range from $ 5 to $ 22.
If after a session of fun and exciting skiing you now want to enjoy some beauty then this ride is for you. This is an eight passenger ride. You get to pass by evergreen trees and see a fantastic view of snow covered peaks. You will be traveling almost 2500 vertical feet to the summit. From there you can have a mesmerizing view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range. Also, there is Summit House which is famous for Washington’s highest elevation restaurant. The rides are available from 9 am to 3:30 pm but the timing is subjected to change according to the weather. The ride is 10 minutes but these ten minutes will prove to be some of the best moments of your life.
The lifts working hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the winters. You can easily buy your tickets from the ticket counter from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekdays while from 8 a.m. on the weekends. If you don’t have equipment for skiing, you can easily get it on rent from the rental stores here, which are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekdays. The equipment you rent is due back by 4:30 p.m. on the same day. Although the timings are usually the ones mentioned here, it can be changed anytime without prior notice, so please check out the website
With so much fun on offer, you can have a great time with your family at the Crystal Mountain. Go ahead, grab tickets for your family and friends and have fun in the upcoming winters. You cannot really afford to miss out on visiting this place!
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