Crystal Mountain, Washington closed for over a week due to low snow coverage. As of this morning, December 2, 2013, the Cascade resort is now open again, and plans to remain open for daily operations. More than 20 inches of snow fell at the higher elevations from November 30 through December 2, and it was still snowing as of Monday. The total snow depth in Green Valley is 45 inches. Crystal reopened with two lifts (Mt. Rainier Gondola and Green Valley), with more expected to open on Tuesday.
“This is the storm we’ve been waiting for,” said John Kircher, General Manager. “The mountain is filling in nicely and we plan to get more lifts and terrain open as soon as possible.”
The forecast calls for the snow to taper off Tuesday, with a cold front to follow, bringing lows in the teens and single digits through the rest of the week, along with isolated snow showers. Currently, Crystal is only charging $35 for a day ticket, with prices set to increase as more terrain opens.
Crystal Mountain celebrated their earliest opening ever when a select few tickets were sold to the public on October 1. The resort closed the next day, and stayed closed until late November.
Lifts open: Mt. Rainier Gondola & Green Valley (Rainier Express is under evaluation)
Lift rates: $35 (rates subject to change as more lifts and terrain open)