Crystal Mountain, WA, USA

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Crystal Mountain, WA, USA

Crystal Mountain vacation rentals

Carve up a snow storm at Washington's Crystal Mountain

Carve up the slopes in one of the Cascade's coolest resorts. The largest ski resort in Washington State, thousands of skiers and snowboarders descend on Crystal Mountain each winter. But it's not all about snow sports. Crystal Mountain is also a popular destination in the summer, when the wildflowers bloom and hordes of hikers and bikers come to explore its rugged mountain trails. Of course, you can just come to relax and enjoy elevated fine dining and scenic mountain views. Get your Cascades adventure off to the perfect start by booking a Crystal Mountain vacation resort near the slopes.

Live life on and off the piste on Crystal Mountain

In winter, Crystal Mountain is all about the skiing. With 57 ski runs and a terrain park, there's plenty to keep skiers and snowboarders of all levels busy, including a lively apres-ski scene. But there's plenty for the non-skier too. Why not try your hand at snowshoeing on a guided tour, or an elevated fine dining experience at the highest restaurant in the state? In the summer, the mountain is handed over to the hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, who come to explore the glacier-fed streams and wildflowers which appear as the snow melts.

It's gondola like the wind on Crystal Mountain

Forget skis, the easiest way to navigate Crystal Mountain is to take a ride on the Mount Rainier Gondola. Opened in 2010, this modern high-speed gondola whizzes thousands of visitors up to the summit of Crystal Mountain. Open almost all year round (from November to September), riders are rewarded with magnificent views of the snow drifts or banks of wildflowers of the Cascade Mountain range, including the dizzying peaks of Mount Rainier. Book a Crystal Mountain vacation rental near the base of the gondola station and you're literally minutes from feeling on top of the world.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Crystal Mountain is a tale of 2 seasons. In winter, it's blessed with crisp temperatures, bright sunshine and heavy snowfall between November and March (or even April). Winter is the busiest season for a visit, and Crystal Mountain vacation rentals get snapped up quickly. But when the snow melts in May, the valley becomes a springtime oasis, with wildflowers, endless sunshine, and balmy temperatures up to 70 degrees. But it's worth packing a light jacket, as even in the height of summer, mountain temperatures cool down in the evenings.

Nature hits its peak on Mount Rainier

Less than 2 hours drive southeast of Seattle, Crystal Mountain lies within the beautiful Mount Rainier National Park. Waterfalls, wildflowers, and glacial valleys, Mount Rainier National Park has it all. In winter, it's all about the snow sports, but in summer, the volcanic park's natural beauty makes a winning hiking destination. At 14,400 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascades range. There are numerous hiking trails from the Crystal Mountain resort, where you may come face to face with a variety of Washington wildlife, including elk, black bear, and mountain goats.