Helpful Answers to Common Inquiries:
- Q: How do I get to Crystal Mountain?
A: Driving directions to Crystal Mountain can be found here
- Q: What is the driving distance from Seattle / Tacoma/ Portland / Yakima?
A: Seattle—80 miles
Yakima—85 miles (Hwy 410 summer route, closed in winter)
- Q: Do you provide an Airport shuttle service?
A: Big Up Shuttle provides custom Shuttle Service to Crystal Mountain. (360)663-2490
- Q: What are the check-in/check-out times?
A: Check-in starts at 2:00pm (late check-in available) and check-out is by 11:00am. You can drop off your key when leaving in the key drop boxes at the Alpine Inn, Quicksilver Lodge, and the registration office at the Village Inn.
- Q: Do all hotels have internet?
- Q: What do the rooms look like?
A: Please see the hotels section for photos and descriptions.
- Q: Do you have a pool or hot tub?
- Q: Is there air conditioning?
- Q: Do you have pet friendly accommodations?
A: Yes. Our VIP—Very Important Pet Rooms are located in the Village Inn. Learn more about our Deluxe Pet Rooms here.
- Q: Do you have TV?
A: Quicksilver Lodge and Village Inn Rooms have flat screen TV/DVD. There is a selection of DVD rentals in the Village Inn Registration Office for $4.00 each.
- Q: Is there free parking?
A: Yes, we have conveniently located free parking. Please see the map.
Location / Layout at Crystal
- Q: Which hotels does Crystal Hotels operate?
A: Crystal Mountain Hotels operates all 3 hotels, all located at the base of Crystal Mountain, walking distance from the Gondola. The 3 hotels are the Alpine Inn, the Quicksilver Lodge, and the Village Inn. View a Map of the hotels here.
- Q: What is the distance of the hotels from each other and the Gondola?
A: 5-minute walk.
- Q: What is the distance from the grocery store?
A: There is a small market at the base area for nonperishable items. There is a small market with a selection of frozen gourmet dinner and other convenience items 8 miles down the road at Alta Crystal Resort. Greenwater, a 30-minute drive, has a gas station with a general store. The major supermarkets are located in Enumclaw, a 45-minute drive or Packwood (1 hour).
- Q: How do you get to Mt Rainier from Crystal Mountain?
A: Mt. Rainier National Park entrance is located just 6 miles from Crystal Mountain on Highway 410. This entrance accesses Chinook Pass, Cayuse Pass, Sunrise and White River and continues on to Paradise over Cayuse Pass. Paradise is 1.5 hours driving through Mt. Rainier National Park in the summer and 3+ hours in the winter due to pass closures.
- Q: What are the hours for the Alpine Inn Restaurant?
A: It varies per season. Please check with the front desk. Typically:
Breakfast is 7:30-9:30am.
Summer Lunch is 11am-5pm
- Q: What are The Snorting Elk hours?
A: It varies per season, Please check with the front desk. Typically in winter it opens 11 daily and in the afternoon in summer.
- Q: What are the Summit House dining hours and logistics
A: It varies per season. Please check here for Summit House hours and menus.
- Q: What are the base area restaurant hours?
A: It varies per season, please check at Crystal Mountain for Day Lodge, Bullwheel and Grill Hours and menus.
- Q: What are the Sunrise eating options?
A: Sunrise Lodge is open during summer months with snack bar type items including soft-serve ice cream.
- Q: Tell me about the “Trail Lunches To Go”?
A: You can purchase a Trail Lunch from the Alpine Inn Restaurant which typically consists of made-to-order sandwhich, snack bar, fruit, chips and water. Order in advance and you can pick up at breakfast.
Q: How do you play disc golf here at Crystal?
A: There are no course fees to play, just grab a map and go!
Q: Where can I buy Snorting Elk discs?
A: Snorting Elk disc’s are available for sale through the Snorting Elk Cellar and the Village Inn front office.
- Q: Where can I get a disc golf map?
A: Disc golf maps are available through the Snorting Elk Cellar, Alpine Inn Restaurant, Village Inn front office, and Crystal Mountain Guest Services.
- Q: Where can I rent a mountain bike?
A: Greenwater Skis and Mountain Bike Rentals.(360)663-2235
Q: What activities are there for children in the summer?
A: Please visit our family page for the most information. Some of the activities are star gazing during the meteor shower, horseback guided tours, hiking, disc golf, horse shoes, Gondola rides, Alpine Inn lawn games
Q: Where are the hiking trails?
A: There are hiking trails, starting right at the base of Crystal Mountain! Please ask at the front desk for current trail conditions. Please see attached hiking map for Crystal Mountain area. Mt Rainier National Park is a hiker’s paradise! Please visit our hiking page to learn more.
Q: Where can I find information on the weather forecast?
A: Please look on our weather page for information on the forecast and conditions. Remember to be prepared for all weather conditions regardless of the forecast as you are in the mountains. Thunderstorms and rapid weather changes are not uncommon.