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.
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.
The base area of Crystal Mountain is a relatively unexciting area – most of the runs mentioned here are ones we would only ski if we happened to be in the area. However, there are some hidden gems, great groomers, and good areas to learn on.