Ski season is still in full swing at Crystal Mountain Resort—you can enjoy spring skiing on Saturdays and Sundays through June 16.
Beginning June 29, you can take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Crystal Mountain for spectacular views of Mount Rainier, which stands at 14,410 feet, making it the tallest volcano in the contiguous United States.
You’ll have easy access to a vast network of hiking and mountain biking trails, such as the Crystal Mountain Loop, which cuts through fields of wildflowers and across steep hillsides.
The Snorting Elk Cellar, a Bavarian-inspired bar at the Alpine Inn, specializes in locally brewed beers on tap. In the winter, they have their own custom made beer, "Elk Frost."
Crystal Mountain, Washington: Alpine Resort with Breathtaking Views of Mount Rainier
The alpine resort community of Crystal Mountain sits high in the mountains of central Washington, a few miles down the road from Mount Rainier National Park. Each year, the resort gets around 486 inches of snowfall, making for a longer-than-average ski season that can stretch well into June. While Crystal Mountain is most popular as a cold-weather destination—the namesake mountain is crisscrossed with 57 powdery runs—there’s still plenty to do after the snow melts. Explore high-altitude forests and meadows on hiking and mountain biking trails that lead to picturesque views of Mount Rainier and a handful of nearby waterfalls. You can also take a scenic gondola ride to the summit for breathtaking photo ops. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat at Summit House Restaurant. At nearly 7,000 feet, it’s the highest-elevation restaurant in the state.