Mount Rainier Skiing
Located on the North East edge of Mount Rainier, Crystal Mountain is Washington State's large Ski Resort Crystal Mountain offer top to bottom, beginner to expert fun and challenge.
On the sunny side of Mountain Rainier, the resort is easily accessible from the Seattle & Tacoma metropolitan area skies throng to the resort in winter but also find it the perfect getaway in summer.
This Northwest jewel, which first opened in 1962, is located on the Northeast corner of Mt. Rainier National park.
The sprawling expanse of the ski terrain flows over half a dozen peaks and basins and lends itself to seemingly limitless variations. Experience breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade range from the top of the new gondola and Summit House restaurant; a place you can enjoy fresh Northwest cuisine and relax and reflect in the majesty of the towering peaks and sweeping views.
You'll find 2,600 acres of everything from gentle groomed runs for beginners to challenging steeps, glades, chutes, bowls and expansive backcountry for the more adventurous. Crystal Mountain averages 486 inches of snowfall annually which gives powder enthusiasts plenty to smile about.
Top of the line high-speed lifts, terrain expansion, new dining facilities, day lodge renovations and most recently the addition of the Mt. Rainier Gondola, make Crystal Mountain the premier ski and snowboard area in Washington. A total of 10 chairlifts and a gondola ensure you'll spend less time resting and more time enjoying the slopes.
From ethnic dishes at the mid-mountain Campbell Basin Lodge to gourmet Northwest cuisine at the Summit House Restaurant to delicious pub fare at the Bullwheel, you won't go hungry. Don't want to sit down? Grab a burger or slice of pizza at the Cascade Grill, or a light snack from Glacier Express Window and new Chinook Cafe which also offers espresso.
All this can be found in less than 2 hours from Seattle and Bellevue and 1 1/2 hours from Tacoma.
Located on the South East corner of Mount Rainier on U.S. Highway 12 White Pass has been delighting skiers for decades. Started in 1956, the area is home to the Olympic skiing Mahre Brothers too.
With a base elevation of 4,500 feet and summit at 6,500 feet, there are five lifts, night skiing and a whole new playground has been added with the addition of Paradise Basin!
White pass boasts majestic views of Mt. Rainier, and terrain for skiers and riders of every ability. Ride the Couloir Express and Basin Quads, stop into the new High Camp Lodge and sample the legendary waffle bar, then head back to the original area to find our steepest terrain.
The Nordic Center has a variety of groomed, double-tracked cross-country trails in the Wenatchee and Gifford Pinchot National Forests; terrain that challenges all ability levels.
White Pass features slope side lodging at the Village Inn, on-site Child Care, multiple dining options, full-service Learning, Nordic, Rental & Retail Centers, all found in a relaxed family atmosphere.
Leave the city behind and escape to White Pass!