Norse Peak

Greenwater, Washington

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Crystal Mountain’s skiing potential is largely undeveloped, a fact that backcountry skiers familiar with the area fully appreciate. Norse Peak is the mountain on your left as you enter the resort valley. Big Crow Basin and Lake Basin are two drainage areas east of Norse Peak that are accessible from the summit area. These two basins often hold powder for many days after a snowfall. Parents of young children take note: the ski area operates a daycare center. Ski directly southeast for 2.5 miles past Bullion Basin, reaching the ridge crest near 6,600 feet. Once on the ridge, head north to the summit of Norse Peak. From here, head north for 0.2 mile to descend to Big Crow Basin or head directly east for 0.2 mile, then south to ski into Lake Basin.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Crystal Mountain’s skiing potential is largely undeveloped, a fact that backcountry skiers familiar with the area fully appreciate. Norse Peak is the mountain on your left as you enter the resort valley. Big Crow Basin and Lake Basin are two drainage areas east of Norse Peak that are accessible from the summit area. These two basins often hold powder for many days after a snowfall. Parents of young children take note: the ski area operates a daycare center.

Ski directly southeast for 2.5 miles past Bullion Basin, reaching the ridge crest near 6,600 feet. Once on the ridge, head north to the summit of Norse Peak. From here, head north for 0.2 mile to descend to Big Crow Basin or head directly east for 0.2 mile, then south to ski into Lake Basin.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best January to April
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,860 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 271 Bumping Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Norse Peak

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