Top Reasons to Stay at Crystal Mountain Hotels
- Guests can choose from three mountain properties: The Alpine Inn, The Village Inn, or The Quicksilver Lodge. All of them are located at the base of Crystal Mountain Resort and just a few miles from the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.
- 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.