Ski Canada: Crystal Mountain Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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This small ski area in the Canadian Rockies is the closest hill to Kelowna and the closest Okanagan ski resort to Vancouver, BC.

(Crystal Mountain Resort)

The ski area is located at the base of Mount Last and has been operating since December 9, 1967. It was originally called Last Mountain Ski Resort and was developed by a local family for a small ski hill for the people of the town of Westbank.

Since its beginning, Crystal Mountain has offered day and night skiing, allowing families and beginner to intermediate skiers and boarders access to the slopes after dark.

The resort’s peak elevation is 5,001 feet (1,535 m). At its base, Last Mountain is at 3,940 feet (1,200 m). The vertical drop for lift served areas adds up to be 650 feet (250 m).

Explore Crystal Mountain Resort’s 24 runs spread across 470 acres of trails, 25 acres of glades and trees and are serviced by three chair lifts. The longest run is one mile long. The terrain park at the resort is called Rankins Rut.

Overall, the terrain is classified as 30% easy, 50% intermediate and 20% difficult.

The resort receives an average of 122 inches (310 cm) of snow annually, of which very little melts until spring because of the average temperature of 25 F (-4 C).

The season at Crystal Mountain generally runs from early December to late March.

To reach Crystal Mountain, take the Glenrosa exit in westbank on Highway 97. This exit is located between Westbank and Peachland, just north of the junction of the Connector and Highway 97. Continue 10 km along Glenrosa Road. This road goes right to Crystal Mountain Resort.

It is 9 miles from Westbank, 35 miles from Penticton and 250 miles from Vancouver.

Telephone: 250 768-5189
Snow Phone: 250 768-3753

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