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.
The 2016-2017 ski season has arrived! Crystal Mountain officially opened last Friday, November 25th, and has already received two large snowstorms that dumped several feet of snow. Continue reading to see what’s open and what’s new on the mountain.
Chair 6 climbs the 7,002-foot peak of Silver Queen and provides expert skiers with a myriad of options for tricky terrain and wide-open bowls, as well as providing access to Crystal’s famous South Backcountry. Continue reading “Silver Queen”
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.
The Forest Queen Express gives skiers access to a diverse variety of runs, ranging from fast groomers to convoluted, treed chutes, and is a good area to know the ins and outs of during windy storms, when the rest of the upper mountain could be on wind hold. We’ll separate this section into on-map runs and off-map runs.