With 2,600 acres spanning more than six peaks, Crystal Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in Washington. An average annual snowfall of 486 inches means skiers and snowboarders can hit the trails, glades, bowls, and backcountry well past the typical mid-April closing date.
The resort is home to a vast network of hiking and biking trails that wind through beautiful pine forests and wildflower meadows. Hike the ridgeline and take in views of the Cascade volcanoes, or cross over the White River corridor and check out Skookum Falls.
Mount Rainier National Park's namesake peak stands 14,410 feet tall, making it the tallest volcano in the contiguous United States. In this sprawling wilderness area located within 10 minutes from the hotels, you can cross-country ski, visit a historical museum, or drive up to Sunrise Point for breathtaking views of the glaciated peak.
The Snorting Elk Cellar, located at the Alpine Inn, is the place to be to for legendary après-ski parties. The Austrian-inspired bar—which earned an honorable mention for the best ski bar in the country by Skiing Magazine in 2010—features 18 locally brewed beers on tap and live music every Saturday.
In the mornings, during the winter season, the The Alpine Inn Restaurant serves a breakfast buffet that includes eggs, pastries, and assorted breakfast meats. Guests can also eat lunch and dinner in the dining room or on the patio, which is only available during the summer season; seasonal options have included shrimp piccata pasta and chicken champagne.
During the winter and summer seasons, you can enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Crystal Mountain for spectacular views of Mount Rainier. Summit House, perched at 7,000 feet, is the highest-elevated restaurant in Washington, and serves gourmet steaks and seafood.