Crystal Mountain Resort offers a variety of activities this summer, including live music, wine festival, a disc golf tourney and viewing the Perseid Meteor shower.
This season marks the second summer that Crystal’s Mt. Rainier gondola will whisk visitors to 6,872 feet for an up-close look at Mt. Rainier. Almost 50,000 visitors rode the gondola last summer.
“What is so great about the gondola is that it is totally enclosed and a short, ten-minute ride from the base of the resort to the top,” marketing director Tiana Enger said. “It is accessible for people of all ages and abilities, so anyone can enjoy the thrill of gliding over mountain meadows. Then to be met by Mt. Rainier as you get off the gondola--it is pretty spectacular. It’s so close it seems like you could almost reach out and touch it. ”
Dinners at the Summit House restaurant will run Thursday through Saturday July and August, and Fridays and Saturdays in June and September, and lunches will be available daily between June 16 and Sept. 23. The Summit House is perched at 6,872 feet and is the highest elevation restaurant in the state.
“The Summit House restaurant will be open daily for lunch, there are ranger-led interpretive walks, guided horseback rides, miles of scenic hiking trails, two great gifts shops and a wide range of fun events," Enger said.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy live music, fun activities and games to kick off the summer. There will be Gondola prizes, a scavenger hunt, 5k family fun run, and more.
Time: 1- 10 p.m.
Food and drink prices vary.
Time: 2 -8 p.m.
Entry includes eight tastings, paired appetizers, and a commemorative glass or individual tasting tickets available for purchase $4/. Celebrate Washington wines from more than a dozen wineries with tastings, live music and tons of festivities.
Time: After dark
Cost: Gondola Transportation - $20
Catch a ride to the summit to a great view of the meteor showers. Dress warm, outdoors only. No access to Summit House for services. Beverages and restrooms will be available. No reservations required, purchase tickets at the ticket window.
Time: Noon- 4 p.m.
Cost: Estimated $20, including beer tokens and a commerative mug
Sample an array of seasonal beers and other local or distant favorites from more than a dozen different breweries on the mountain. Food, drinks and live music will be located at the base area.
Time: 8 a.m. Registration at the Snorting Elk
Cost: Varies depending on division.
Crystal Mountain has 27 holes and two course routes. Come practice this summer and join us for the PDGA event.
For additional information call 1-888-754-6199 or visit, www.crystalmountainresort.com.