Silver King Runs—Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, Pierce County, Washington
Housed in the largest alpine ski area in Washington with 2,300 acres of lift-serviced terrain, the Silver King summit stands over 7,000 feet high, with runs so that a proposal for a dedicated lift to the top was quickly rejected by the Forest Service. With names like “Pin Ball,” “Brain Damage,” and “Lobotomy,” it’s easy to see why. “Pin Ball” consists of a narrow, eight-foot-wide shoot with rock walls up to 53 degrees steep, and “the name comes from the way you can bounce off the walls,” according to championship freestyle skier
Dave Valenti. “Brain Damage” has a “cornice along the top, so you can either navigate around that to drop in or air into the run off the cornice,” while “Lobotomy” is surrounded by “rock spines that crest over a peak, and starts narrow and stays rocky, with no fall line,” says Valenti.