Crystal Mountain Ski Area


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Crystal Mountain Ski Area

Explore the Crystal Mountain backcountry; M2 route

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  • M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 35,002,332 ft

Plaza just south of Crystal ticket windows at 8:30 am.

Intermediate or better skiing or boarding level expected.  Splitboarders must have experience with sidehilling. No snowshoes.  Skins, beacon, shovel, probe required; beacon must be a two or three antenna model.  

Possible destinations include East Peak, Pickhandle Point, Bear Gap or the ridge south of Bear Gap.  Expect elevation gain of up to 5,000’.  The destination is subject to change based on conditions.

Leader permission required, which can be requested before the signup opening date by E-mail to the leader.   


Crystal Mountain Ski Area

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  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon Two or three antenna version required 
  • Avalanche probe
  • Ski crampons may be required, depending on conditions.
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