If you are a skier or rider in Washington and the season has started, Crystal is THE place to go! Fantastic terrain and long runs that can challenge even the pros (Crystal is a stop on the Jr. Freeride Tour and hosts Pro snowboard comps as well), super nice Campbell Basin Lodge (also must visits; The Snorting Elk - across the foot bridge to Alpine Inn and The Summit House which is the highest elevated restaurant in Washington and has a very cool view of Mt. Rainier), fast lifts, and the state's only gondola all await those who love a great skiing/riding adventure. Even though the patrollers do the best job in the state with marking hazards and with avy control, there are plenty of cliffs and lots of tree wells so be careful. Please make sure to pay attention to the warning signs and lift area difficulty ratings - this is "no joke" terrain The lift accessed sidecountry areas are some of the best anywhere and if you are an expert the High Campbell and Northway lifts are a must. Even so, there are tamer areas for beginners and intermediates, and the groomers are well taken care of. Moreover, having the longest season of any place in Washington (late November until July when possible!) there's plenty of time to shred it up! It's an easy and beautiful drive on a road that hardly ever closes. Stop by the little town of Greenwater on the way back and get a souvenir. Can you tell I like this place? You will too, guaranteed!
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