Crystal Mountain Ski Area


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Moderate paced tour for intermediate sliders to Bear Gap near the Crystal Mountain ski area. Trail head to destination evaluation gain is 1500 feet. The round trip distance is approximately 4.0 miles.

  • M1 Intremediate Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft

Meet at the building east of the Crystal Mountain ski area ticket desk at 8:00 am.  The lifts start at 9:00 am on Sunday.  I am hoping there will be parking available at 8:00 am.

We will discuss the information that you recorded in your AIARE field book or the attached ski trip and avalanche rescue checklist in the ski lodge.

This will be a moderate paced tour.  It is the responsibility of each participant to stay within voice distance of the participant behind them. 

Enclosed are links for a map, profile, segment description of the route and a ski trip and avalanche rescue checklist.  We will return to the trail head prior to 5:00 pm.

The AIARE field book or the ski trip and avalanche rescue checklist are MANDATORY equipment to participate on the trip.  You will not participate in the trip without them.

You must complete the appropriate sections of the AIARE field book or the following sections of the trip checklist PRIOR to arriving at the trail head: Weather, Avalanche Problem and Avalanche Advisory Key Messages.  Use the enclosed segment description of the route for the travel plan and identify FOUR field observation locations where observations will be recorded.  We will use the AIARE Avalanches and Observations when performing our observations so bring a copy of it with you.

You will be using the map and the travel plan to lead the navigation to and from our destination.

Please check your email after 9 pm on the day before the trip, and in the morning before you leave for route changes due to avalanche and weather conditions.  If you do not receive an email at either of these times, the route has not changed.

The actual route will depend on snow, avalanche, weather conditions and participants’ abilities. If needed, an alternate, safer destination will be chosen by group consensus.

We will conduct a review of the day at the cars.


Crystal Mountain Ski Area

  • USGS White River Park

    Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

    USGS Norse Peak

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • AIARE field book or the ski trip and avalanche rescue checklist
Trip Reports