The goal of this section is to highlight a set of great runs at Crystal that don’t fall into any other section: all are accessed by Rainier Express, but feed into the base area. Every run in this section (with the exception of Melby’s) is fantastic and highly worth your time.

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Snorting Elk

The Snorting Elk area lies on the north side of Grubstake point, sandwiched between Green Valley and Northway.  This region of the mountain contains numerous tree runs as well as a classic alpine bowl, with plenty of hidden stashes to explore.

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Dealing With Low Coverage

Last year (2014-2015) in particular was a pathetic ski season due to the criminally low amount of snow.  Navigating the slopes of Crystal was frequently a challenge, as one would constantly encounter bare patches or trees that should have been covered.

Due to our frequent skiing in such extremely subpar conditions, we’ve developed an effective working knowledge of where exactly to go when there’s not enough snow.

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