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Crystal Mountain, Washington Will Reopen For Late Season Turns


The Pacific Northwest is going to have another mountain reopening next week as Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington sets to open on June 1st.

"It goes without saying there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but one thing remains the same and that’s our commitment to building meaningful connections and celebrating adventures that provide an escape from our daily routines. A lot has changed, but our promise to you hasn’t. While closing in March was the right thing to do, it’s time to begin taking small steps back towards doing what we love. We’re ready and excited to welcome you back starting June 1 for some spring skiing in Green Valley, but things are going to be different. We are committed to doing this responsibly with safety for our guests, employees, and community at the forefront." - Crystal Mountain Website

Crystal Mountain will be having some of the same or similar guidelines that other mountains have been using during their reopening. This includes the need to follow social or physical distancing guidelines, the requirement of a mask and gloves, limited services on the mountain, the banning of tailgating in the parking lots, a checkpoint before entering the parking lots, and the need to make reservations before heading to the mountain.

"Reservations will open at 2:00pm on May 30 for June 1, with reservations available at 2:00pm on June 1 for each following day. Reservations are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations will be limited to a max of four. Operations may be limited or modified at any time in response to changing circumstances." - Crystal Mountain Website

A difference in Crystal Mountain's operations is the use of metered gondola loading.

"The gondola will be metered by the hour with the first reservation to upload between 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and consecutive hourly time slots until 2:00 p.m. Once you’re on the mountain you’re welcome to enjoy the slopes in Green Valley for as long as you’d like but you must upload the gondola during your reservation arrival window – no exceptions." - Crystal Mountain Website

The mountain has provided a list of details for their late-season operations, as follows:
  • We plan to operate for skiing & snowboarding daily starting June 1 until June 14, conditions permitting
  • Spring conditions do exist so please ski/snowboard with caution
  • Operations will be limited to the Mt. Rainier Gondola and Green Valley Chairlift with advanced terrain only
  • All 19/20 and 20/21 Ikon Pass holders will be allowed to ski & ride at no cost as long as they have a reservation
  • Tickets will cost $59 if you don't already have a pass or other form of lift access. There will be no refunds or credits for any reason
  • Food will be limited to Grab-N-Go, with a limited menu available at The Summit House and Fireside Cantina
  • Outdoor seating will be available with 6' Separation
  • The Day Lodge and all indoor seating will be closed
  • Retail will be open with limited capacity in compliance with state guidelines
  • The Gondola will open at 8:00am with hourly upload times until 2:00pm. You will select your time when making your reservation
  • DO NOT arrive at the check-point more than 30 minutes prior to your upload time
  • Green Valley will run until 3:30pm, the last download on the gondola is 4:00pm
  • Guests will be allowed to ski down the back traverse to Lucky Shot starting at 2:00pm at their own risk. Obstacles will not be marked
  • All guest vehicles must be off the property by 5:00pm
  • Uphill travel will not be allowed on the weekends while we're open for skiing and riding
  • Scenic Gondola rides will not be offered until after we close for skiing and snowboarding
  • Starting June 19, we plan to switch to summer operations with scenic gondola rides for foot passengers
As with other reopenings, please do not just head out to the mountain. Follow local and state travel guidelines and make sure you make your reservation ahead of time. Also, remember that this is late-season skiing and snowboarding. If you are an inexperienced or beginner skier or rider, this time of year might not be the best time for you to get runs in. For more information, please follow Crystal Mountain Resort of their social media pages or head to their website, linked below.

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Adventure is Calling It goes without saying there's a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but one thing remains the same and that's our commitment to building meaningful connections and celebrating adventures that provide an escape from our daily routines. A lot has changed, but our promise to you hasn't.


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