If you're in or near Washington State, you should very well check out Crystal Mountain. With a summit of 7004 feet and a vertical drop of 3102 feet, Crystal Mountain really sits below Mount Rainier, which has a top elevation of 14,408 feet. Within the months of November and April, several feet of fresh powder comes down on Crystal Mountain, due to the cold Cascade storms more common to the area.
This is a rough terrain, and there is little offered to novices as far as the simplicity of the trails go. But lessons are readily available, as well as rentals for skis and other gear. At Crystal Mountain, there are more than 2300 acres and 50 trails, making this the biggest ski area in the state of Washington. There are 10 lifts available: 2 triple chairs, 3 double chairs, 2 high speed six passenger lifts, 2 high speed quads and 1 children’s surface lift.
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