Guidebook

The Best Freeride Lines at Washington’s Crystal Mountain

A wide array of the best freeride lines at Washington's largest ski resort: Crystal Mountain.

Description

If you live in Seattle, Crystal Mountain is likely your go-to ski resort. Boasting over 2,600 acres of skiable terrain and a whopping 486 inches of snow per year, this massive resort not only serves the local Seattle population but draws in visitors from around the world.

While any skier or snowboarded can head to Crystal Mountain and enjoy a fantastic day filled with cruise-y groomers and wide-open powder bowls, this mountain is renowned as the “freeride capitol of the Pacific Northwest,” according to SnowBrains.com. Crystal’s abundance of gnarly big mountain freeride terrain attracts numerous freeride competitions, including “the Northwest’s only Freeride World Qualifier 4-star competition,” according to SnowBrains.

You can go as big or as conservative as you’d like on the expansive freeride terrain here. This guidebook provides a wide array of the best and most popular freeride lines at Crystal Mountain.

One pro tip: "you don’t find the best skiing by going up, you find it by spreading wide,” according to RootsRated.com. "Northway and Chair 6 are undoubtedly the best two chairs on the mountain, and the two are both the easiest access to the steepest terrain and are closer to the outskirts of the boundary lines.” Most of the lines in this guidebook are accessible from those two chairs at either edge of the resort.

Sources:
https://snowbrains.com/crystal-mountain-resort-wa-the-freeride-capitol-of-the-pacific-northwest/
https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/
https://rootsrated.com/stories/insiders-guide-crystal-mountain-resort
https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/the-mountain/trail-maps

NW Slot
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

NW Slot

Mount Rainier National Park
139 m
37 °
0 m
0.2 km
A classic Cascade couloir in Northway Bowl
Severe
Private
Flyin' Floyds (aka Middle Finger Chute)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Flyin' Floyds (aka Middle Finger Chute)

Mount Rainier National Park
139 m
35 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Classic PNW couloir for advanced skiers and riders.
Difficult
Private
West Shoulder
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

West Shoulder

Mount Rainier National Park
101 m
38 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
A broad face along the shoulder of Northway Bowl
Difficult
Private
Cotton Fields
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cotton Fields

Mount Rainier National Park
833 m
44 °
E
58 m
3.1 km
A steep open backcountry glade for experts.
Severe
Private
Bruce's Shoulder
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bruce's Shoulder

Mount Rainier National Park
168 m
34 °
N
0 m
0.4 km
An undulating start to a classic sub-alpine run.
Difficult
Private
Longshot
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Longshot

Mount Rainier National Park
99 m
40 °
E
0 m
0.1 km
A classic PNW expert run with cliffs, glades and open faces.
Severe
Private
Paradise Sign Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Paradise Sign Chute

Mount Rainier National Park
173 m
37 °
E
0 m
0.3 km
A classic narrow chute for experts.
Severe
Private
Powder Bowl Upper Field
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Powder Bowl Upper Field

Mount Rainier National Park
155 m
38 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A popular broad face offering 900 vertical feet
Severe
Private
Throne Summit Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Throne Summit Chute

Mount Rainier National Park
247 m
44 °
NE
0 m
0.5 km
Long narrow chute that opens into a wide bowl.
Severe
Private
Jervy Squirt

Jervy Squirt

Mount Rainier National Park
140 m
38 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
A popular entrance into Avalanche Basin
Severe
Private
Hourglass
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hourglass

Mount Rainier National Park
185 m
38 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
This popular, wide-open chute is one of the easiest couloirs on the north side of the King.
Difficult
Private
Brain Damage
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Brain Damage

Mount Rainier National Park
227 m
43 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
This iconic and challenging couloir is for experts only.
Severe
Private
Powder 8s
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Powder 8s

Mount Rainier National Park
322 m
39 °
NE
0 m
0.7 km
This is one of the best lines in Silver Basin, starting in an open face, funneling through a wide and shallow couloir and opening again to the lower basin.
Difficult
Private
Three Way Peak

Three Way Peak

Mount Rainier National Park
0 - 1 hrs
1.2 km
1 m
353 m
43 °
NE
The SE flank of Three Way Peak offers numerous alpine lines.
Severe
Private