It’s a Brave New World of Snowmaking at Crystal

With sunny skies returning to the Pacific Northwest after weeks of rain, SkiZer felt like taking a mental health day in the mountains.

It was a quick trip to Crystal Mountain for day 3 of the season. The weather was great, and it gave SkiZer the chance to see Crystal’s new $5 million snowmaking system in action.

Clearly it’s working. Coverage is sketchy at most Northwest resorts after torrential rains washed away the snowpack at Thanksgiving. But the lower slopes at Crystal are covered and looking good.

SkiZer wrote about the snowmaking system earlier this fall for in this story.

As for the day, it was fun. Much of the mountain was closed as Crystal waits for more snow. But what was open was skiing very well, and SkiZer’s mental health has been successfully restored.

Day 3: Crystal Mountain

  • Vertical: 27,000
  • Vertical for the season: 57,000
A snowboarder waits to drop in on Green Valley at Crystal Mountain.
Mount Rainier makes a welcome appearance after weeks of stormy weather.
The top of the Rainier Express, with dramatic skies.
Powder Bowl on Silver Queen Peak was closed, but looked inviting.
A skier rides through snowmaking mist near the bottom of the Forrest Queen lift.

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