Winter paradise at Mount Rainier

Posted October 22nd 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,

Mount Rainier is not only one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the USA, it also has over 120 glaciers and expansive views across the Cascades and the famous Mount St Helens, one of the most active volcanoes in the Cascades.

For the winter months, outdoors enthusiasts head to Crystal Mountain Resort on the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park. Open from November through April for winter sports, Crystal Mountain Resort has the most vertical, highest elevation and the only 8-passenger gondola in Washington State. The resort recently joined the Alterra Mountain family and for 2018/19 will be part of Alterra’s Ikon Pass which includes Mammoth, Steamboat, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Big Bear.

Check out the great views and watch from above as skiers and snowboarders fly down the mountain below. Pass by tall Evergreen trees and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountain peaks covered in snow. At the top of the gondola, go hiking or enjoy a meal at the Summit House, Washington’s highest elevation restaurant. Foot-passengers and skiers are welcome to ride the gondola anytime during the winter.

There are many other winter activities at Mount Rainier:

Horse Riding

Starting from the tiny village of Elbe, whose population is just 29 people, take a ride along wintery trails and forests in the foothills of Mount Rainier.

Phone: (001 253) 350-1141 address: 18703 Highway 703, Elbe, WA 98304. Winter Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  £28.60 per person ($40 per person) per hour.


Wildlife is abundant in Washington State and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is ideal for the winter months.  A tram ride takes you through the free-roaming areas of the park to meet bison, elk, caribou and more.  Admission is £15.90 ($22.25) for adults and children are £10.18 ($14.25).

Phone: (001 360) 832-6117   Address: 11610 Trek Drive E, Eatonville, WA 98328. Winter Hours: October 2 – December 31, 2017 Friday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM


Experience the dramatic beauty of a Mount Rainier winter’s day on snowshoes. Join a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions. First-come, first-served guided snowshoe walks are typically late December through March on some of the Park’s 30 plus trails. Snow conditions permitting, the walks are generally offered on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and daily from December 23 to January 2.

Walks start at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM and meet inside the Jackson Visitor Center (near the information desk) in Paradise. Snowshoe walks cover approximately 1.8 miles in 2 hours.

Play all day and relax all night…

Winter recreation in the Crystal Mountain area offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the season. When it comes to accommodation, guests can stay near the slopes at Crystal Mountain Resort or nearby at one of the well-appointed cabins, condos or holiday rentals.

Crystal Mountain offers the Mountain Music Series every Saturday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for Après music on the heated Sundeck patio. Or head to the eloquently named Snorting Elk for live music on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9:00 PM.

Stormking Cabins and Spa and Wellspring Cabins and Spa are upscale accommodation and spa services on site. Both locations are situated in forested areas in Ashford, Washington and have a peaceful retreat ambiance near Mount Rainier National Paradise.

More accommodation in Enumclaw

For a wider choice of accommodation, Enumclaw is around 45 minutes from Crystal Mountain with a range of hotels, restaurants, a day spa and locally owned shops.

For more information on Mt Rainier, visit


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