Crystal Mountain Resort is the biggest and best place to ski and ride in Washington!
Crystal is also regarded as one of the top ski resorts in North America for its terrain and challenging slopes.
For the last month the resort had been operating on a weekend only basis. Crystal Mountain closed for the 2011-12 season on July 1.
Located in the shadow of Mount Rainier in the Cascades Mountains, the resort is within a day-drive from Seattle. The ski area opened in December 1962. The resort had fallen in debt and sold to Boyne Resorts in 1997. Boyne invested an important amount of capital in the last ten years. The Rainier Express Gondola was installed in Summer 2010, making it the only gondola in the state of Washington.
That lift now gave an easy year-around access to the summit of the resort. It also provided a possible access to late season skiing with the Green Valley Chair running on the top part of the mountain. In 2011 Crystal closed on July 16 making it one of the longest ski season in North America.
This week we feature a brochure and trail map from the past 2011-12 season. The ski map is the same, small and pocket size map format as the one used at La Parva in Chile.