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Open Road Endless Stoke – Crystal Mountain

This article was produced in partnership with Ikon Pass, which encourages you to own the stoke across the PNW’s other iconic resorts, including Mt. Bachelor and Snoqualmie.

Connecting 3 PNW legends, the rugged snow-capped peaks of Oregon and Washington State set the stage for a winter of road trip rambles and endless adventure. Ikon Pass in hand, get ready to load the wagon, caravan with the crew, and crank up the tunes. With Mt. Bachelor, Crystal Mountain, and the Summit at Snoqualmie to explore, there are endless ways for you to own the stoke.

What goes up must come down, feat. the Mt. Rainier Gondola.

A short bump up from the grunge capital of the world, Seattle, Crystal sets the stage for endless adventure. From world-class skiing and snowboarding, to on-mountain dining and scenic rides on the Mt. Rainier Gondola, Crystal Mountain offers something for everyone. Kids 4 and under ski free, which is even more reason to bring the entire family up for a day of fun.

When the snow starts to fly, keep a close eye on the Crystal Mountain Twitter account for white room updates. The little blue bird is one of the best way to know when the gates open in Southback and Northway. To access Southback’s technical terrain and deep powder, be sure to take the high-speed two-seater, Chair 6, known locally as Crystal’s most legendary lift.

When the lights go out, the generators in B lot turn up. Keep the mountain magic going and stay the night — conveniently located slopeside in Crystal Mountain’s coveted RV & camper lot. In the wintertime this lot offers 72 RV power hookups, transforming a friendly-yet-rowdy community of powder-hungry skiers and snowboarders into road trip warriors. With close proximity to Mt. Rainier National Park, Crystal is a great base camp for your outdoor adventures, but be sure to make your B Lot reservation early and through Roverpass this year.

On The Road Near Crystal Mountain:

Sitting southwest of Crystal Mountain, perhaps the most iconic and accessible winter adventure in Mount Rainer National Park is the 1900’ snowshoe climb up to Panorama Point, perched roughly 1,400 feet above Paradise Inn. Strap into your snowshoes and step onto the snow for this 5-mile roundtrip climb to a stunning view at 7070 ft.

Nachos at Naches

On the road to (and back from) Crystal Mountain, tuck into the friendly mountain-folk atmosphere at Naches Tavern. Just off Chinook Pass Highway, in the small mountain town of Greenwater, tackle the legendary nachos plate and wash it down with a selection of Washington State’s best craft brews. Lining walls that surround the wood-burning hearth, the tavern’s décor screams 1920’s logger crossed with pow chasing hooligan and fills up with a cliental to match.

Stay Ready For Stoke

Across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, with destinations coast-to-coast, now is the time to call the crew and plan out your season of stoke. With of endless adventure at Mt. Bachelor, Crystal Mountain, and The Summit at Snoqualmie, winter 21/22 is yours to own.