This New Glamping Retreat Is Only Accessible By Chairlift — And Open For Only 3 Years

Crystal Sky Camp

Opening July 2021, Crystal Sky Camp, a new collaboration between Crystal Mountain Resort and outdoor hospitality leader Under Canvas, will be a luxury mountaintop experience located at 6,000 feet in the shadow of Mount Rainier within National Forest service land — and only accessible by chairlift.

Crystal Sky Camp
Crystal Sky Camp. Credit: Colton Jacobs.

Surrounded by stunning, panoramic views, the camp features 20 safari-inspired tents which can accommodate up to 40-50 guests, and will operate like a luxury all-inclusive resort.

Crystal Sky Camp
Crystal Sky Camp

The experience includes daily meals, housekeeping, transportation, exclusive use of Crystal Mountain’s modern lodge and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

The inaugural season for Crystal Sky camp runs from July 1 – September 31, 2021 and will continue seasonally for three years.

Crystal Sky Camp
Crystal Sky Camp

“Crystal Mountain is excited to be partnering with Under Canvas to introduce Crystal Sky Camp,” Adam Sutner, Vice President of Business Development for Crystal Mountain, said in a statement. “The combination of the picturesque and expansive beauty of Crystal Mountain, with Under Canvas’ expertise to connect guests with the outdoors feels like a winning experience for the adventure minded. This Is going to be a bold and unique adventure for a lucky few”.

Crystal Sky Camp and its 20 safari-inspired tents are accessed via two chairlift rides with impressive views, offering one of the most unique and adventurous arrival experiences.

Crystal Sky Camp
Crystal Sky Camp

The mountaintop campsite is designed for group buyout experiences.

Safari-style canvas tents, exclusive to the Under Canvas brand, offer plush king-sized beds with luxurious linens, wood floors with rug accents, outdoor and indoor seating options and wood-burning stoves. Bathhouses with private stalls, including hot showers, flushing toilets and sinks are located just steps from each tent. While the great outdoors, friends and family are the best entertainment, all tents do have high speed WIFI to ensure efficiencies for corporate meetings and remote working needs.

Crystal Sky Camp
Crystal Sky Camp

The camp offers the comforts and conveniences of an all-inclusive resort, in a non-typical setting. Guests will enjoy amenities such as:

  • Daily housekeeping and turndown service
  • Access to an expansive main lobby tent
  • Daily meals including breakfast, trail-ready lunch and dinner, as well as beverages
  • Transportation to and from base area
  • A variety of indoor and outdoor camp activities such as giant Jenga, and classic board games
  • Nightly campfires and s’mores
  • Stargazing in the crystal-clear skies above with the camp’s very own high-powered telescope

In addition to daily amenities, guests will also have exclusive use of Crystal Mountain’s modern Campbell Basin Lodge; with all of the comforts this implies such as a full-service bar, inclusive meals prepared in its world class kitchen and 10,000 sq. ft. that can be configured to suit the group’s needs. Underpinning all of this is each group’s dedicated Camp Concierge and support staff.

The inaugural season for Crystal Sky Camp runs July 1 – September 31, 2021. For more information and to book a group reservation, please visit

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