Guidebook

Chutes and Cliffs on Crystal Mountain’s Gnarliest Lines

Expert-only freeride lines at Washington's renowned 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.

In this guidebook we’ve collected the absolute gnarliest freeride lines that Crystal Mountain has to offer. You can expect chutes so narrow that you can’t turn your skis, massive cliff bands, mandatory airs both in and out of the lines, poor snowpack, high avalanche danger, and so much more. Many of these lines require the conditions to be absolutely perfect before they can be attempted. Some lines take all season to fill in and bury the boulders, and others require a perfect combination of weather and avalanche conditions to not instantly turn into an avalanche. But for the expert freerider, this insane level of challenge makes Crystal Mountain a mecca that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime!

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

Left Goat Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Left Goat Chute

Mount Rainier National Park
168 m
49 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A narrow steep chute for experienced experts that requires mandatory air
Extreme
Private
Chute to Kill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chute to Kill

Mount Rainier National Park
500 m
47 °
NE
17 m
1.4 km
A deep gully/couloir for experienced backcountry experts
Extreme
Private
Missing Finger
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Missing Finger

Mount Rainier National Park
145 m
37 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A narrow chute guarded by a cliff requiring mandatory air.
Extreme
Private
Tower 16 Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tower 16 Face

Mount Rainier National Park
74 m
35 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A steep rocky face directly under the Northway Chair
Extreme
Private
Foreign Exchange
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Foreign Exchange

Mount Rainier National Park
162 m
44 °
N
3 m
0.3 km
A steep, extremely narrow chute with high exposure
Extreme
Private
Crystal Myth (aka Crystal Meth)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Crystal Myth (aka Crystal Meth)

Mount Rainier National Park
148 m
53 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A series of steep cliff bands for experienced experts only.
Extreme
Private
Dieter's
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dieter's

Mount Rainier National Park
158 m
48 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A steep, narrow couloir requiring mandatory air.
Extreme
Private
Narrow Chute Right
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Narrow Chute Right

Mount Rainier National Park
57 m
31 °
E
0 m
0.1 km
A challenging narrow chute above an open bowl
Extreme
Private
Light Brown

Light Brown

Mount Rainier National Park
83 m
45 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
A steep rocky face on the north side of the King for experienced experts only.
Extreme
Private
Pinball Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pinball Face

Mount Rainier National Park
53 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
A steep, rocky face for experienced experts
Extreme
Private
Pinball Chute

Pinball Chute

Mount Rainier National Park
213 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
This narrow, no-turns couloir, along with the steep face to the left, is not for the faint of heart.
Extreme
Private
Lobotomy
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lobotomy

Mount Rainier National Park
51 m
35 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
A steep, rocky face for experienced experts
Extreme
Private
The Cliff
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Cliff

Mount Rainier National Park
82 m
38 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
A steep cliff requiring mandatory air.
Extreme
Private
L-Tree Chute (aka The Ramp)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

L-Tree Chute (aka The Ramp)

Mount Rainier National Park
89 m
43 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
This rarely explored, deep couloir is too narrow for most experts. Usually this gully is jumped in competitions.
Extreme
Private
Two Easy Turns

Two Easy Turns

Mount Rainier National Park
0 - 1 hrs
0.5 km
0 m
254 m
51 °
NW
This narrow chute is one of the most challenging runs in the Crystal backcountry
Extreme
Private
Dogleg

Dogleg

Mount Rainier National Park
0 - 1 hrs
0.5 km
0 m
261 m
44 °
N
This north-facing chute starts in the open and doglegs through the trees.
Extreme
Private