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Crystal Mountain Resort


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Crystal Mountain Resort


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Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

36

Rank in
Region

4

Rank in
State

3

Best time for snow at
Crystal Mountain Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Crystal Mountain Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Sunday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
True Snow: 409" per year
Snow Quality Rank

70

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

21

Crystal Mountain Resort is ranked No. 21 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

16.2%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

25.8%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

8.6%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

21

Crystal Mountain Resort is ranked No. 21 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

70

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Crystal Mountain Resort

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
21
score
72.8
Overall
rank
36
score
76.3
Expert
rank
39
score
43.8

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

2472 ft

6872 ft
Base Elevation: 4400 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Crystal Mountain Resort

At Crystal Mt. 17.3% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow, 26% of winter months see 90 inches or more, and only 8% of months see less than 30 inches. This is top tier snow frequency, exceeded only by a handful of North American ski areas. The key risk to snow conditions is not drought but rain. This is a minor issue for the locals, who can sit out the wet weather and wait to ski the next week’s dump. It does, however, make planning a big trip involving air travel here more of a gamble. Crystal has some key attractions for powder skiers. Its peak is over 1,000 feet higher than other Washington areas, and the 1,000 acre avalanche-controlled South Backcountry can retain powder for several days due to the 15-20 minute traverse/hike required to access it. Be prepared with the fattest, most rockered skis you can get for the sometimes thick Northwest snow.

Accumulation and Preservation

Crystal averages 80+% open at Christmas and is less than half open in about 20% of holiday seasons. Crystal is a very steep mountain and likely to be rocky until the base is at least 4-5 feet. Snow preserves fairly well on the higher north facing steeps like Powder Bowl and the South Backcountry. Elsewhere melt/freeze conditions are common if it hasn't snowed recently. Crystal runs its upper Green Valley terrain with gondola access on weekends starting in May until the snow runs out.