Crystal Mountain is a first-rate all-rounder for all ski levels—with excellent views. Here you’ll have an opportunity to ski in incredibly diverse terrains blessed with loads of fresh powder—with Mt Rainier as your backdrop. With over 3000 feet of verticals, easy access to the snowy mountain tops, and the terrain that covers half a dozen peaks and basins, there’s very little you can’t do in the area. Explore Crystal Mountain’s lovely steeps, chutes, cliffs, trees, and bowls—all with a guide who will tailor the day according to your wishes and abilities. Whether you’re only just finding out about the delights of backcountry, or are eager to improve your off-piste skills—Crystal Mountain awaits you open-armed for the best skiing in Washington.

  • Spectacular views of the 14er Mount Rainier

  • Abundant powder with 486″ of snowfall per season

  • Incredible diversity of terrain for the different abilities

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Private Intro to Backcountry Skiing
Jan 30 onwards
A Customized Day of Private Guided Backcountry Skiing
Jan 30 onwards
Lift Accessed Backcountry Skiing
Jan 30 onwards
Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering
Jan 30 onwards

Meet your guides

Shane Robinson
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Shane Robinson
AMGA Ski Guide
Shane is the owner of Graybird Guiding and a full-time AMGA Ski Guide in the winter and a carpenter when he feels like sleeping in his own bed. Originally from Colorado, he moved to Seattle almost 20 years ago and has been exploring and guiding clients...
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Graybird Guiding
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Graybird Guiding
Quality over quantity is what backcountry skiing is all about! Graybird Guiding focuses on high quality, experience-based trips full of champagne powder and shredding. Their certified guides will deliver as much quantity as you can handle, maximize you...
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Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures at Crystal Mountain, please refer to the official Washington State website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get in this adventure: 

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A full day of backcountry ski touring

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Trip insurance
      • Food and snacks
      • Transportation
      • Lift tickets
  • In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels at Crystal Mountain, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blur or black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

  • Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with challenging blue or black level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

  • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
      • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Gloves and hat
      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Down jacket or vest
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
      • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
      • Water bottle and 1L of water
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • First-aid kit
      • Sunscreen
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
      • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

      • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from REI
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Crystal Mountain Resort or REI
      • Splitboards can be rented from REI

    REI is in Seattle and Crystal Mountain Resort is at Crystal Mountain, WA. Rentals should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and pricing:

      • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private lessons, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ski with friends and family.

    Ski touring at Crystal Mountain, WA can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Crystal Mountain, most people fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Crystal Mountain is only two hours away.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

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