Mountain Safety

Safety tips for maximizing the stoke and minimizing the risk on big mountain powder days

Written by: Emma Brice

Winter is our peak season for a reason. The storms hit hard, the pow goes deep, and snow enthusiasts across the PNW come to experience the unparalleled terrain that exists here at Crystal Mountain.

Bluebird day on Rainier Express

While we are all stoked to get outside and ride the deep powder that winter supplies, we must remember to respect the unpredictable force of nature that is the mountain. The iconic peaks that tower over the resort are the silent rulers that define our snow conditions, weather, and our mountain experience each day.

Last week we hosted Mountain Safety Fest, a virtual scavenger hunt for all ages to promote skier and rider awareness and responsibility. While this was a great way to get out and use our skills, every day is a good day to practice mountain safety. Before heading out, we have a few safety recaps to remember when planning for your next deep powder day.

Check the Forecast

Mountain weather patterns are frequently changing and can make or break a day of shredding if you’re not prepared for conditions. Before heading up, check out the mountain forecast on our website to stay up to date. We do our best to continually update the report throughout the day to keep you informed. Another great resource to reference is the Northwest Avalanche Center. Here, you can find current avalanche conditions, observations, and weather forecasts for mountain zones all over the Northwest. Staying in-the-know can help you make informed decisions for how to be safe and most importantly, have fun on the mountain!

Be Aware of Tree Wells

Cruising down from the summit

While deep days can be the best days, it also means tree wells are lurking on the slopes. Tree wells can be sneaky and difficult to spot, so, next time you’re weaving through the evergreens be sure to maintain control and keep a distance from the base of trees.

Ride with a Buddy and Know the Terrain

Friends on a pow day. – these are the best days. Not only is it safer for everyone involved, but it makes the experience all the more fun. Making sure you and your partner know the terrain and stay within your riding ability is one of the first steps you can take to staying safe on the mountain. Keep a copy of the terrain map on hand and know where to go in case of an emergency.

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