When we created our hit list of where to go skiing in June, one that never even came up on our radar was Crystal Mountain just east of Seattle. Typically, their season shuts down by end of April with maybe a weekend or two in May as far back as I can remember. Like all things around this pandemic, you have to be flexible and be ready. With that being said, we can’t be more excited to hear that our list of ski resort reopening has increased to include Crystal Mountain.
When it comes to this year’s wonky spring skiing, the amount of acreage open doesn’t matter. It’s more that they ARE open. For the 2019-20 spring session, Crystal will be running the gondola, giving you access to the Green Valley lift. From there, you can enjoy some sweet alpine terrain. Based on NOAA’s forecast, there’s even a chance of snow! The current plan is to stay open for two weeks from June 1st through the 14th. And for those that want to earn their beers, they’re allowing uphill travel Monday through Friday only, at the moment. This is done so that it can help avoid crowding on weekends when the lifts are spinning.
What To Expect
Similar to what A-Basin has done for their spring skiing, you must reserve a spot to ski even if you’re a passholder. This is to ensure that social distancing on the slopes can be done responsibly. Based on the last two days being sold out, it seems like the demand is there. Similar to world series tickets, they release the reservation spots for the following day at 2 p.m. the day before. From what we can tell, one of our favorite apres spots, the Snorting Elk Cellar, won’t be open. Luckily for those hungry or in need of a liquid refreshment, the Fireside Cantina & Summit House will be serving food and beverages you can enjoy outside.
With the Crystal Mountain ski resort reopening, this is your chance to enjoy views of the towering Mt. Rainer one more time on a pair of skis or snowboard. If you are one of the lucky ones to make it up onto the hill, be sure to tag us. We’d love to share the stoke!
If you want to learn more about spring skiing & how to make the most of it check out our guide: