Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Disc Golf, Endless Hiking Trails, Scenic Gondola Rides, Swimming, Wildflower Hikes, Horseshoes, Campfires, Outdoor Movies, Pool Games, and Geocaching are just some of the summer activities at the resort.
Our condominiums are the perfect place to hold your special event. We have accommodated conferences, weddings, family reunions, car shows, sporting events, retreats and more. Our staff will make every effort to ensure your stay is memorable.
Take advantage of the Silver Skis pool (open in the summer until 10pm Friday/Saturday and until 8pm mid-week), communal gas barbeques, picnic area, or outdoor fire pit.
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Summer Condo Rental Rates
We begin accepting requests for Summer bookings on March 1, 2017.
|Condo Type||Midweek (Sun-Thurs) 1 Night||Midweek (Sun-Thurs) 2 Nights||Weekend 1 Night||Weekend 2 Nights|
|Standard||1 Bedroom||1-4 guests||
|Preferred||1 Bedroom||1-4 guests||
|Standard||1 Bedroom w/Loft||1-6 guests||
|Preferred||1 Bedroom w/Loft||1-6 guests||
|Standard||2 Bedroom||1-8 guests||
|Preferred||2 Bedroom||1-8 guests||
|Preferred||2 Bedroom w/Loft||1-8 guests||
Standard: Renovated over 12 years ago
Preferred: Newly Renovated with extra amenities
**Rates listed are per night
*We do not discount 1 night stays
Stay Friday & Saturday; get Thursday or Sunday 1/2 price
Stay 2 nights midweek; get 3rd night free
We honor a 10% discount for AAA, AARP and Military on 2 night stays
**Discounts & Specials may not be combined.
Trail maps are available at the Mountain Shop, online, and at the Silver Skis office. Great hikes to recommend are the Bullion Basin and Henskin Lake trails from the base area or along the ridge to Northway or the Crystal Mountain trail from the summit.
Scenic Gondola Rides to the Summit
Guests ride up the Mt. Rainier Gondola (almost 2,500 vertical feet from 4,400’ to 6,872’) to the summit, where the view will leave you breathless! On a clear day, you can enjoy the stunning views of 5 volcanoes (Mt. Rainier, Mt. St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Baker & Mt Hood). Be sure to dine at the Summit House, Picnic or just relax in a lounge chair and soak up the sun!
Peak Summer Season - June 24 – September 4:
Sunday-Friday: Opens at 10 am - 5:30 pm, last ride down 6:00 pm.
Saturday: Opens at 10 am - 7:30 pm, last ride down 8:00 pm.
Open until 7:30pm on Sunday, Sept 4th (only)
Open Daily September 5-September 18, 2016
Monday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last ride down is at 5:30 p.m.
Round Trip Scenic Gondola Rates
Adults 13-64: $ 22; Youth 4-12 & Seniors 65+: $ 12; Children 0-3: $ FREE
(20% midweek discount with season pass; $2 off for Military)
Ticket Window: Opens at 9:30 am daily.
Learn more about the Scenic Gondola Rides on the Crystal Mountain website.
Guided Horseback Rides
Come ride with Chinook Pass Outfitters through the solitude and spectacular scenery of the Cascades. Enjoy glacier-fed streams, alpine meadows covered with wild flowers, unspoiled mountain lakes of the Norse Peak Wilderness, and the Wenatchee National Forest. The fragrance of pine and spruce blends with flowers, berries, and tundra grass. The creak of saddle leather measures your quiet, relaxed journey under snow-capped peaks and lazy skies. Call (509) 895-9120 to make a reservation.
Chinook Pass Outfitters is Located in Upper C Lot next to Crystal Chalets
Rides start as early as 9:00am, Last ride finishes at 6:00pm Must be 6 years old to ride, No Double Riding – Can be led (if you’d like to ride with your child) Weight restrictions apply.
Rates (per person) Cash Only Please
There’s a cash machine in the Mountain Shop at the base area. 3 mile ride (1 hr): $35.00 6 mile ride (2 hrs): $70.00 Day Ride (5 hrs): $180.00 (min 4 persons, must be 12 years+) Outlaw Overnight Ride (supper, slumber & cowboy breakfast- 3:00pm-11:00am): $285.00 (min 2 persons, must be 8 years+)
Click here to learn more about Crystal Mountain Outfitters or call (509) 895-9120 to make a reservation.
Dining at Crystal Mountain Summit House
The Summit House is Washington’s highest elevation restaurant, sitting at 6,872”, accessed by the Mt. Rainier Gondola or a hike. The patio is open for outdoor dining. Truly an experience of a lifetime and a memory you will cherish!T
Open Daily June 24-September 4, 2016
Sunday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Open until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4th
Open Daily September 5-September 18, 2016
Monday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Summit House Reservations:
Reservations are accepted anytime Monday thru Friday, and after 4pm on Saturdays. Due to a high volume of walk-ins, reservations will no longer be accepted Saturdays (before 4pm) or Sundays. Availability will be first come, first serve. Please arrive at the base of the gondola at least 15 minutes before your reservation with a scenic gondola ticket in hand.
Reservations can be placed online (for up to 12 people) or by calling (360) 663-3085. Groups of 13+ are welcome anytime Mon-Thurs, and before noon on Fridays. Group reservations must be placed with a live person over the phone to call 360.663.3085. Reservations do not include a gondola ticket.
Bikes are not allowed on the Mt. Rainier Gondola, but they are allowed on most trails around the resort. (Not allowed on Pacific Crest Trail). Bikers ride or push their bikes to the summit and ride down on either the access road or Crystal Mountain Trail.
There are also many trails along the river on Hwy 410. Rentals are available at Alta Crystal 360-663-2500
Guided Wildflower Hikes
Join local naturalists for a hiking tour of Western Washington's Sub-Alpine and Alpine wildflowers & plants. Put on your walking shoes, grab a bottle of water, bring your camera, and join a group for an incredible experience!
Enjoy the beautiful views while playing this challenging yet fun 30-basket disc golf course. Start the lower course just up the slope from the Mountain Shop or take the Mt. Rainier Gondola up to start the more challenging course from the summit down. The course is free and open to anyone at any time. Good shoes/hiking boots are recommended. Good marking/spotting is important and a big help in finding your discs. The Mountain Shop, Silver Skis office and the Snorting Elk Cellar have free course maps available and custom stamped discs for sale.
Interpretative Ranger Talks & Walks
Find the guide near the Summit Shop (top of the gondola) for a complimentary tour beginning promptly at 11:00am & 1:00pm - Fridays-Sundays (only), weather permitting.
Join us for a short (45 minute–1 hour), interpretive walk from the summit of Crystal Mountain. Learn about local flora and fauna, human history and the geologic processes which have shaped this unique alpine landscape. Go ahead and ask all your wilderness related questions regarding animals and vegetation to volcanoes and hiking trails and anything and everything in between. Tours are complimentary and open to everyone.
Silver Creek Ranger Station
On SR 410, approximately 1/2 mile west of the turnoff for Crystal Mountain, stop at the Silver Creek Ranger Station for brochures, maps, information on things to see and do in the area. The visitor center is staffed with Rangers to answer your questions.
They also sell the Northwest Forest Recreation Pass which is required for parking at trailheads throughout the National forest ($5/day).
Silver Creek Guard Station
69211 SR 410 E
Milepost 57 near Greenwater/Crystal Mountain
1/2 mile west of Mt. Rainier park entrance
Each summer a number of special events are held at Crystal Mountain. Check out the Crystal Mountain website for information on the annual Mt. Rainier Wine Festival, White River 50 mile Trail Run and more!
Talk to our front desk about equipment for these great family activities:
Swimming Pool: Silver Skis offers a heated 87° private pool to Silver Skis registered guests only (no hotel guests, RV, etc. allowed) Open midweek until 8pm and weekends until 10pm.
Board Games & Lawn Games: Available at the Silver Skis office: Horseshoes, Ladder Ball, Croquet, Bocce Ball, Basketball, etc.
DVD Rentals: A huge rental library is located in the Silver Skis lobby offering a variety of movies. Summer Special; Rent 2 DVDs for only $4
Resort Dining and Shopping
Found at the top of the outdoor master staircase from the main plaza. This walk-up cafe offers a great selection of lunch items, ice cream and drinks. Hours Early Summer: Saturday & Sunday TBD Peak & Late Summer: Daily 11:00 a.m. to Close (weather/business permitting)
Alpine Inn Restaurant:
Open daily June 29-September 22
Breakfast 7:30–10:00 am; Lunch 11 am–5 pm; Dinner 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Snorting Elk Cellar:
Open daily Monday–Friday 4 pm-close (10 pm earliest)
Saturday & Sunday 2pm-close
The Summit Gift Shop:
The Summit Gift Shop is located at the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola and is your summer go-to at the mountain top. With a yummy selection of ice cream, snacks, beverages, picnic items, and sandwiches, you can snack while enjoying the magical views. If you’re looking for souvenirs or forgot something for your trip, the Summit Shop carries gifts, clothing, accessories, postcards, Mt. Rainier souvenirs, art and more.
Early Summer Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm (hours may vary)
Peak and Late Summer Hours: Daily: 10:00am-5:00pm (weather permitting)
Located In the main plaza up the outdoor staircase from the base of the Mt. Rainier Gondola, the Right Angle Sports Shop sells a wide selection of clothing, accessories, hiking boots, sunscreen, jewelry, gifts, postcards, dog necessities, art and more. The Mountain Shop also sells gondola tickets so it is truly your one-stop-shop. 2016 Early Summer Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (hours may vary) 2016 Peak and Late Summer Hours: Daily: 9:30am- 6:00pm
Suggested Summer Itineraries
Silver Skis Chalet prides itself with our motto “Bringing Families Together”. After an adventurous day of hiking and sightseeing, it sure is nice to return to a well-equipped condo. Kick your feet up and relax on a comfy couch instead of sitting on the edge of a hotel room’s bed.
Crystal Mountain Resort is conveniently located at the Northeast entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. Below are some sample itineraries to help you plan your stay. The possibilities are endless!
Download a Sample Itinerary for your stay at Crystal Mountain!
Drive to SUNRISE! Sunrise elevation is 6400 feet (the highest you can drive on the mountain). There you will find numerous hiking trails that range from easy to difficult. Grab a snack from the deli, purchase your sunscreen and get that awesome t-shirt you’ve been eyeing.
* Sunrise is known for its beautiful sunrises…get up early to experience it!
4pm- Drive 30 minutes to Crystal Mountain Resort and Check-In at Silver Skis Chalet (Last building on the left). Unpack, shower and jump into the heated pool to stretch your tired muscles.
5:30pm- Prepare dinner in your condo or grill-out on one of our gas BBQ grills. Take advantage of our organic herb garden and add a little flair to your meal!
7:00pm- Play a game of croquet on the front law, roast marshmallows at the fire pit or play a board game in your room.
9:00pm- Watch a DVD with the family
10:00am- Walk to the base area and take a Scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Crystal Mountain! From the summit, you can see 5 volcanoes: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood. Have lunch at the Summit House (Washington’s highest restaurant), or enjoy a picnic lunch. Meet at the Summit gift shop to go on a 45 min. guided Interpretive Walk to learn about local flora and fauna, human history and the geologic processes (11am & 1pm on Fri-Sun). When you are ready to leave, you can either ride down the gondola or hike down the Crystal Mountain trail to visit Henskin Lake (Hiking trail maps available at the Silver Skis Office).
6:00pm- Eat dinner “alfresco” at the Alpine Inn Restaurant (across the parking lot from Silver Skis).
8:00pm- Watch for Wildlife (Elk love to feed on the hillside).
9:00am- Hike under the giant trees at the Grove of the Patriarchs, located 35 minutes away in Mt. Rainier National Park. This trail offers a closer look at nature on a 1.25 mile loop (only 100’ elevation change).
11:00am- Drive to the Ohanapecosh campground. Enjoy a Ranger-Led Program, hike the Silver Falls Trail, and visit the interpretive center. Have a picnic while you are there!
3:00pm – On your way back to Crystal Mountain, stop by Tipsoo Lake (on top of Chinook Pass) for a great view of Mt. Rainier, beautiful wildflowers, and a walk along the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).
9:00am – Drive to Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park (1hour 15 min). Along the way, visit Box Canyon and Reflection Lakes. Paradise offers a wonderful Interpretive Center, a restaurant, 2 Cafés, 2 gift shops, a coffee shop and many hiking trails.
10:00am Take a hike along the Greenwater Lakes Trail (35 minute drive). This easy trail is great for families and will take you through old growth forest to two pristine mountain lakes (2 hours roundtrip).
Drive to Suntop Lookout for sunset!