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Crystal Mountain Ski Weekend up by Mt. Ranier

  • Mar 28, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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This is an exploratory weekend to try new resorts. Crystal Mountain was recommended by Seattle residents. Here is your chance to join in on the fun and try a new place. I have a AWD Nissan Rogue with a top cargo rack so up to 5 can go comfortably unless more drivers volunteer and the group can expand. This trip will be staying at the Econo Lodge in Buckley Friday night and Saturday night. I have a room reserved with 2 queen beds and this hotel allows a roll away if we want to squeeze. If you do not snore we can share the room if you want to split it. You can always get your own room too. I currently have reserved a room with 2 queen beds reserved for the 28th-30th.  They will allow up to 5 in this room if someone wants to endure a rollaway.

PLEASE post your room plans on the discussion area under this event to plan any room sharing.

The hotel is 40 miles from the Crystal Mountain and 166 Miles from Portland. Estimated total driving mileage for 2 days of skiing is 500 miles. Plan on contributing $50 for vehicle use.

The hotel everyone is staying at is the 

Econo Lodge
29405 State Route 410 East
Buckley, WA, US, 98321

Rooming Chart:

Double: Aaron, Dan

Double: Rabi - Looking for Roommate

Double: Peter Rosenblum - Looking for Roommate 1 night only

Double: Dave, Steve

Kristine - On her Own

At this hotel Double bed rooms can have a roll away if someone wants a third.

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  • Kristine

    Fantastic!!!

    March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok cool. Ill throw myself on the mercy of EconoLodge.

    March 28, 2014

  • Steve

    Did you guys get a third driver? I think I came down with strep throat on Wednesday and it hasn't gotten any better by today as I hoped. I have a doc appt this am to confirm. I'm not 100% out but it's not looking good. Plus if I do have strep I don't want anyone else to catch it riding with me. I'm thinking of coming up in the morning if it gets better but that would mean someone either has to ride up late with me or you have to find another driver.

    March 28, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      That's ok, with 2 others that dropped out there is room for me to handle the rest.

      March 28, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      You should message Dave about the room to confirm with him your plans

      March 28, 2014

  • Kristine

    Would it be appropriate to get someones cell phone number in case I cannot find the group at the SE end of the parking structure tonight at 6?

    March 28, 2014

    • Aaron B.

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      March 28, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      There is a 2 story structure and we meet in the bottom south east corner. If driving parking on the street is best for overnight

      March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still holding my room and expecting Steve to join. Hey Steve if your plans change please give me some notice so if I need to cancel I won't get dinged for a fee. Looking forward to it, might even be some freshies up there!

    March 25, 2014

    • Steve

      Yes I plan on coming and driving! I saw that in the forecast... Looking forward to it!

      March 25, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Steve dropped out. If you want to wiggle out of your room you have an option of trying to bunk with me and Dan

      March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If it is possible with my work I may like to join. I will have to decide later this week. I will arrange my own transportation and hotel. I am mostly posting here already so that I will be updated.

    March 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I won't make it. Have fun!

      March 28, 2014

  • Kristine

    Hey! The meetup notice says the departure time from Gateway is 6 pm, but I see in the notes that the vehicle is leaving at 5 sharp. Which is accurate? I am an intermediate skier.

    March 27, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Glad you caught that. That was the tail end of a different trip that got put into this description. Were leaving at 6.

      March 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for clarifying. I'm coming up i5 from a ways away so hope traffic cooperates.

      March 28, 2014

  • Sandeep P.

    Hi I have to cancel the trip as my gf's knee is injured. So 2 of us are not gonna be there. I also cancelled the room just now. Have fun guys!

    March 27, 2014

  • Sandeep P.

    Can we buy the lift tickets online? I presume we'd be skiing Saturday and Sunday. Let me know if anyone knows information about getting tickets online to save time

    March 24, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Should have a third driver since were at 9 in 2 cars now. Normally 4 per car is comfortable. 5 is tight.

      March 25, 2014

    • Sandeep P.

      Sure Aaron I'll let him know

      March 25, 2014

  • Kristine

    I'm working on my budget. How much is a lift ticket?

    March 24, 2014

    • Sandeep P.

      They're 66/day and 127 for two days

      March 24, 2014

  • Peter

    Ravi...how much would it be ? I only need it for Saturday night and right now I have a 1 night reservation for $80.

    March 24, 2014

  • Kristine

    I will need my own room if there is still room to join along! Do you have the phone number to the Econo Lodge?

    March 23, 2014

  • Peter

    Happy to be another driver...however, I'll be meeting everone at the hotel early Saturday...can drive people to Crystal both days and then will be driving past hotel towards my home in Washington on Sunday. Would like to share a room just on Sat.

    March 19, 2014

  • Steve

    I can drive too if more people want to go. I don't have ski rack so can take up to 3 additional people and equipment.

    February 25, 2014

    • Steve

      I have an awd cx-5 with traction tires, just me.

      March 13, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      We will need you to drive

      March 18, 2014

  • Dan

    Aaron maybe my message and post didn't get to you for some reason. I'd like to split a room with someone. I know you had about five spots and so do have any room? I'll join you!

    March 16, 2014

    • Sandeep P.

      Aaron i still have to get a room for me and my gf. Is there a way we can get a bed? If not i can reserve a room. And also i can drive so i have 3 spots available if anyone wants to carpool

      March 16, 2014

    • Dan

      I'm very flexible. I'll basically make anything work. I don't have any particular preferences although I'm interested in splitting and saving more if we can do so.

      March 16, 2014

  • Sandeep P.

    Aaron i still need to reserve a room for me and vidya. If you room two let me know.

    March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I booked a room a few days ago. Maybe we wait til 2-3 days out then organize the rooms and cancel what's not needed? Just a thought

    March 16, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Good idea, just wanting to make sure there are enough since peter said they were getting sold out

      March 16, 2014

  • Peter

    Sounds like a good plan...keep me in mind for a Saturday night stay. :-)

    March 16, 2014

  • Sandeep P.

    I can drive but i need to rent a car. If we need additional drivers then i can rent one

    February 25, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      What did you plan for accomodations? My room has no one else In it now and looking for someone to share. If you want to split it you can take the whole other bed.

      March 16, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Oops, realized your +1 so you most likely might want to have your own room. I'm just wanting to make sure everyone has made plans as rooms may book up

      March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm willing to split a room for two nights. Steve would this work for you? Both of us are interested, but I can't tell from the discussion if a room has actually been reserved. Should I go ahead and reserve a room for two?

    March 13, 2014

    • Steve

      Yes I don't have a room and would be happy to share one.

      March 14, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      I currently have no person in my room. Peter want to share one night. Peter has a one night reservation now but was hoping to share though I was holding out to see if a person needed the room for both nights. If you two should get your own room and I can leave the space for another

      March 16, 2014

  • Peter

    Does anybody know which lift got destroyed by an avalanche recently?

    March 15, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Was one of their old lifts and planned on being replaced anyway so was not a huge financial loss

      March 16, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Was caused by lots of snow which they say will be for excellent spring skiing. Also they will be selling chairs from the lift

      March 16, 2014

  • Peter

    Would like to share a room with someone---just for Saturday Night...any takers??

    March 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, I think Aaron's waiting to hear if he has any takers on the room he's got as well.

    March 15, 2014

  • Aaron B.

    As the trip gets popular there needs to be other drivers volunteer. Put a limit on trip until drivers speak up. Also remember to plan your own overnight stay. Message me or post here if you want to share a room. There room for other guys in my room

    February 25, 2014

    • Peter

      Let me know if I can share your room 4 Saturday night and I'll cancel my $80 reservation and share the cost of your room instead. :-)

      March 13, 2014

    • Steve

      If anyone is interested in splitting a room both nights I would be interested.

      March 13, 2014

  • Peter

    Is anyone interested in sharing a double room Just for Saturday (3/29)?. My plan is to travel from home early that morning...meetup with everyone and just stay overnight the 1 night.

    March 8, 2014

  • Conundrum

    I heart crystal on powder day …I was at crystal in deep-pow last week and I tell you some of the runs I had were heli-skiing quality! Crystal imo is by far the best skiing in OR/WA combined.

    Hope the conditions are awesome for your visit!

    February 25, 2014

    • Conundrum

      Naturally I form an opinion based on my own narrow perspective. Crystal is special to me for their steep powder skiing and bountiful of expert terrains that they have. I ski their groomed runs only briefly to get to the lift. As I look at Crystal from beginner & intermediates’ perspective, what I see is a ho-hum resort with limited and unexciting terrains through the valley. Again it’s only my opinion but Crystal simply don’t have much to offer for beginners and intermediates; in fact Bachelor and Meadows in clear sunny day have much to offer than Crystal in that regard. Of course it’s good to see places you haven’t been to and I am not trying to discourage anyone from going. I am just trying to be helpful and provide some insight as to what you can expect. Have fun!

      February 25, 2014

  • Peter

    Happy to be another driver...however, I'll be meeting everone at the hotel early Saturday...can drive people to Crystal both days and then will be driving past hotel towards my home in Washington on Sunday. Would like to share a room just on Sat.

    February 25, 2014

  • Sandeep P.

    Been a while since i skiied on a mountain other than mt hood. I'm very glad that i tried skiing at mt bachelor with aaron beck

    February 24, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Are you willing to drive like last time? So far I'm the only driver on this trip.

      February 25, 2014

    • Sandeep P.

      Yes i can drive

      February 25, 2014

  • Gaylene G.

    Just a heads up to any snowboarders who may go on this trip... I was there several years ago and my opinion was the layout is geared more towards skiers than snowboarders. Keep your speed up!

    February 24, 2014

    • Aaron B.

      Curious, In what ways do you think it is geared this way. Steepness?

      February 24, 2014

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