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The Best West Coast Ski Resorts

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The 50 Best Ski Resorts in North America

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From bombing Sierra steeps to shredding the side of a volcano, these are our best bets for skiing way out West.  

Crystal Mountain

Enumclaw, Washington

  Photo: Andy Karmy/Flickr

Vertical Rise: 3,100 feet
Acres of Terrain: 2,600
Average Snowfall: 486 inches

When it’s good at Crystal Mountain, Washington, it’s really good. Deep, light, bottomless snow falls by the truckload, and, magically, it always feels like you have the mountain to yourself. Located in the shadows of Mount Rainier about two hours from Seattle, Crystal Mountain is Washington’s largest ski area. Ride the Rainier gondola to the top, snap a scenic portrait with the mountain in the background, then lap the Green Valley chair for a warm-up. Experts will flock to the gladed steeps on Bear Pits and powder-stuffed tree-skiing on the Northway chair. Intermediates will love rolling runs like Lucky Shot, off Rainier Express (“Rex,” as the locals call it). The hike-to Southback country—including 7,012-foot Silver King—is well worth the slog for experts looking for a backcountry-style experience. The base area has minimal infrastructure—a few condos, a standard base lodge, and a taco truck. Got an RV or camper van? An entire section of the parking lot is dedicated to overnight campers. That’s how cool...  Read More

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