Mike Hattrup Hearts Crystal

Outside Magazine (my favorite magazine) has Mike Hattrup’s top 5 favorite mountains. Crystal Mountain makes it to number 2.

They just put in a new gondola and some better lifts, but it’s never gonna have a big hotel or crazy bars and restaurants. What it does have is the best view of any resort in North America: from the top, Rainier is right in your face. And it has 2,400 vertical feet of great skiing. Afterward, hit Snorting Elk for great food and beer. It’s old and it feels like an Austrian ski hut.

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