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Ready for a day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)? There are still a few months left to enjoy the snow at Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington State. “There are more things to do than just snow sports and it makes a nice day trip or weekend getaway!” said Military Spouse and Mil blogger Olivia Michelle.

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Crystal Mountain Resort
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd. Enumclaw WA 98022

Crystal Mountain has multiple options to stay overnight: a lodge and camping / RV hook ups. If you want to go for the day, the resort is only about an hour and a half drive from JBLM. 

Crystal Mountain is my family’s personal favorite ski resort in the area. They have tons of trails available, nice facilities, and does not usually have long lift lines. For a different experience, try night skiing on select dates. If you are a beginner, take half day or full day lessons. Learn more about ski and snowboard lessons HERE.

Crystal Mountain does offer rentals on site but I highly recommend obtaining your rentals before heading to the mountain. Bringing your own rentals will save you time and money. You can rent ski and snowboard gear (and other snow gear) at either Outdoor Recreation facilities on base:

Northwest Adventure Center (Lewis Main)
8050 NCO Beach Road, JBLM North, WA 98433

Adventures Unlimited (McChord Field)
739 Battery Road, JBLM McChord Field, WA 98438

Besides snow sports, Crystal Mountain offers a breathtaking view of Mount Rainier from its enclosed Gondola. The scenic gondola takes you over 2400 feet to the summit. Gondola tickets range from $24-39 per person with ages 4 and under FREE. Take in the amazing view and grab a bite to eat at Washington’s highest elevation restaurant, Summit House.

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View more info and purchase Gondola tickets HERE.
View more info and the menu for Summit House HERE.
Snowshoeing is an activity you have to try at least once during your time in Washington. Crystal Mountain offers quite a few snowshoe trails as well as guided snowshoe tours.
View info on snowshoes rentals and trails HERE.
View info on guided snowshoe tours HERE.

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