Crystal Mountain Conditions Report | Corn, Chalk and Chowda

Rachel Delacour |

IMG_6731Finding the chalk on North faces in Powder Bowl.



Though the northwest is still hungry for more snow, the spring-like conditions at Crystal are surprisingly rad! Near the top of the resort, north-facing slopes still have some protected, chalky snow, allowing for smeary, fast turns. Once the sun heats up the steeper south-facing runs, the slush is easy to mash through and there are plenty of shrubs and rocks to jump over if that’s your thing. As always, the groomers are speedy and consistent with plenty of small rollers to pop off.



IMG_6751Welcome to the beach, ignore the dirt. Afternoon corn harvest on South-Facing slopes.


Today the sky was cloudless, providing stunning views of Chinook pass and Mt. Rainier’s northeastern flanks. Chair 6 was spinning and despite a few rocky patches up top, the skiing is super fun! The lack of snow in certain areas makes for more technical turns than you would find during a normal snow year. There are plenty of optional airs and tight spots to get your heart racing and your palms sweating!



IMG_6744Charlie finding rollers, groomer laps and airtime for days. No pow, no problem.


IMG_6656Meaghann taking in the world from the top of Powder Bowl.




During the week, Crystal is only running the Mt. Rainier Gondola and Green Valley Express, offering steep corduroy and corn snow. Unfortunately, some warm precipitation is headed for the Cascades this week, with freezing levels hovering around 7,000 feet.



Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 9.53.53 AMWe can do better, Washington!



Depending on the variation in temperature, Crystal’s upper peaks may receive a few inches of snow Wednesday night, but the lower part of the resort will likely see a bit of rain. The sun should pop out again on Friday morning, but keep your fingers crossed for a lower freezing level as the weekend approaches!


Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 9.54.25 AMSkiing at the base is still unavailable, but the upper mountain is holding out strong.

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