Crystal Mountain Resort, WA Will Open For The 2017/18 Season Tomorrow

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Crystal Mountain Resort, WA on Monday. Image: Andrew Kircher

Crystal Mountain Resort, WA announced that they will open for the 2017/18 season on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. It’s going to be an opening for the books, as the resort is expected to see an additional 18-36″ of snow Today – Wednesday.


Extended forecast for Crystal Mountain Resort, WA. Image: NOAA

Crystal Mountain Resort, WA: 18-36″ of Additional Snowfall Today – Wednesday

* WHAT...Heavy snow at times, with additional accumulations of 18
  to 36 inches likely today through Wednesday.
- NOAA Seattle, WA
December 4th, 2016 at Crystal Mountain. Image: Chris Morin

Crystal Mountain Resort, WA Opening Day Details:


The ski and snowboard season is officially here!  We will open with 3 lifts on Wednesday, Nov. 15th.  The Discovery, Chinook Express & Forest Queen Express lifts will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Lift tickets are $45 Wednesday and Thursday.

The coverage on Downhill and Queens run is really good however coverage is still a little thin around the base so we suggest leaving your new equipment at home until we get more snow.

Unfortunately the strong winds have blown a lot of the snow that has been falling off the upper ridges so we still need more snow to open the upper-mountain.  We’re hoping to have Rainier Express, Green Valley and the Mt. Rainer Gondola open by Friday (conditions permitting).

Come take some cruisers this week and make sure you’ve got everything you need.  Right Angle Sports will be open with the latest ski and snowboard clothing and accessories so stop by and check it out.  Rentals will also be available and Bootworks will be open.

The Cascade Grill and Chinook Cafe will be open starting at 7 a.m. for breakfast and coffee so get here early.  The Bullwheel will open at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and a full bar.  Campbell Basin Lodge will be open for access to restrooms only.  The Summit House is scheduled to open on Saturday.

This is only the beginning of what will be a long and excellent season so come ease into winter.  We can’t wait to see you on the slopes!

Schedule of Operations (Subject to Change & Conditions Permitting)

Wednesday, Nov. 15th & Thursday, Nov. 16th

Lifts Scheduled: Discovery, Chinook Express & Forest Queen Express.  (MT. RAINIER GONDOLA CLOSED – NO SCENIC RIDES)

Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Food & Beverage: Cascade Grill 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (breakfast & lunch), Chinook Cafe 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  & Bullwheel 10:30 a.m. to Close. There will be a limited menu available at these locations.  Campbell Basin will be open for access to the restrooms.  The Summit House is closed until Nov. 18th.

Ticket Rates: Adults 16-69 $45, Youth 11-15 $35, Senior 70+ $15, Discovery Only $39

Services Available: Ski Rentals, Bootworks & Right Angle Sports.


Friday, Nov. 17th – Sunday, Nov. 19th (T.B.D. Conditions Permitting)

Lifts Scheduled (Tentative): Discovery, Forest Queen Express, Chinook Express, Rainier Express, Green Valley & Mt. Rainier Gondola.  We will re-evaluate the conditions and coverage on Wednesday and Thursday before making the final call for upper mountain on Friday.  We are expecting more snow Tuesday and Wednesday so we are hopeful.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last chair for Green Valley & Rainier Express is 3:30pm, Last upload on the Gondola is 3:30 p.m., Last download is 4:oo p.m.).  Skiers will be allowed to ski to the base (conditions permitting).

Food & Beverage: Cascade Grill (breakfast & lunch), Chinook Cafe & Bullwheel.  There will be a limited menu available at these locations.  The Summit House will open Saturday, Nov. 18th.

Ticket Rates: T.B.D.

Services Available: Ski Rentals, Bootworks & Right Angle Sports. Lessons T.B.D.


Monday – Friday (Tentative)

We plan to remain open daily however operations for next week are T.B.D. based on weather and conditions.  Please stay tuned!



What if I don’t have my season pass?

We mailed all Tier 1 passes out over the summer.  If you waited until the end of Tier 2 to purchase your season pass we are processing and mailing them daily so keep an eye out for it in your mailbox.  If you don’t have your pass by this weekend please come to the will-call window next to Guest Services.

What if I don’t have my parking pass?

We are processing and mailing parking passes this week, however if you don’t get your pass by the time you need it simply come to A lot and an attendant will be there to greet you with a list.  All parking passes will go out in the mail and will not be held in will-call.

What if I purchased a Cascadia Pass but don’t have my season pass yet?

You must have photo I.D. to redeem a Cascadia Pass ticket.  Simply show your I.D. at the ticket window.

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