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XC Ski Headquarters – Let it Snow Sale
We’re going crazy waiting for snow, so we’re having an impromptu Let it Snow sale! 25-50% off ALL sweaters from Woolrich, Smartwool, Dale of Norway, plus 25-50% off fleece pullovers and softshell jackets from Under Armour, Woolrich, Columbia and more. These prices won’t last forever, so hurry over and catch us in this highly vulnerable moment! [...]

Fourth & Fifth Graders Ski Free with MSIA Cold is Cool Passport!
New this winter – the Cold is Cool Passport is for 5th grade students too! The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This is why MSIA has established a state-wide program that provides every fourth and now also 5th grader [...]

Winter 2014 – 2015: What’s New At Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands
BOYNE’s last two seasons have offered enthusiasts over five months of skiing and snowboarding, and hopes are high for the 2014/15 season to be a threepeat.  Never leaving winter to chance, BOYNE consistently invests to ensure maximum efficiency in snowmaking and also delivers a slew of new offerings. This winter, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands have installed state-of-the-art [...]

The Homestead – 2014-15 Season Ski Passes
ONE Pass Now On Sale Until October 31st With The Homestead’s ONE Pass, you can ski or snowboard the entire season plus enjoy savings on lessons, yoga sessions, fitness membership, dinner and any number of visits to the resort’s spa and salon. Did somebody say, “massage”? Check out the details on how you can enjoy presale prices [...]

What’s New This Winter at Crystal Mountain – 2014 / 15
Ten-inch snowmaking pipe currently being installed from the bottom of Main Street to the top of our frontside slopes NEW! Two New Slopes Crystal Mountain’s slope count will increase to 50 this winter with the addition of Last Call and Jester’s Alley. Last Call is a glades run that begins on North Face and wanders back to [...]

Crystal Mountain – 2014-15 Season Passes
Love winter with a Season Pass from Crystal Mountain. Choose from a variety of passes to enjoy our downhill slopes, cross-country skiing trails, terrain parks, Passholder Perks and countless winter events all season long! 50 Slopes this Season! We are excited to reach 50 slopes for the 2014-15 season with the opening of two new runs: Last Call [...]

2014/15 BOYNE Season Ski Passes
As a thrill seeker with a soft spot for the wild side, you probably think it’d be awesome to have a season’s pass to Boyne Mountain. Truth is, you’d be right. It is awesome. But the fact that a BOYNE Season Pass is good at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands? That’s almost too good [...]

Caberfae Peaks – 2014/2015 Ski Season Passes On Sale Now
Ski and snowboard SEASON PASSES for the 2014/2015 winter season are now on sale 2014/2015 SEASON PASS RATES PASS TYPE (Ages 9 & up) PASS DESCRIPTION PASS PRICE THRU 10/31 PASS PRICE AFTER 10/31 NOW ON SALE Weekend Pass Valid all Saturdays & Sundays $99 $149 Buy Now Midweek Pass Valid Monday thru Friday $99 $149 Buy Now Peak Pass Valid seven days a week $198 $298 Buy Now 2014/2015 CHILD SEASON PASS RATES PASS TYPE (Ages [...]

Indianhead Mountain – 2014-2015 Season Passes – The “BIG Pass” – Blackjack Mountain AND Indianhead Mountain Resorts
Ski and Board TWO RESORTS on ONE PASS! Introducing the “BIG Pass,” an interchangeable, all-access pass to Blackjack Mountain AND Indianhead Mountain Resorts! More Trails, More Terrain, More Parks, More Lifts, More Snow, More Value and More Fun! 1. BIG Pass is valid at Blackjack Mountain AND Indianhead Mountain Resort. 2. 9 DAYS OF FREE [...]

Caberfae Peaks – WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014/2015
Snowmaking IMPROVEMENTS 10 new low-energy SMI snowmaking fan guns 10 new snowmaking towers on North & South Peak Installation of over 500’ of snowmaking pipe & electrical wire A new 12 inch, 300 foot well, allowing for another 1000 gpm of flow into our snowmaking reservoir. The additional water source will allow us to pump 3000 gpm around the [...]

MSIA – Discover Michigan Skiing – January 2015
Discover Michigan Skiing – During January, ski areas across the state team up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Discover Michigan Skiing includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass all for just: Cross-country skiing for [...]

Caberfae Peaks Snowmaking – 2014/15
Caberfae Peaks – December 11, 2014 Slopes open tomorrow for the season and will be open 10 am to 9 pm on Friday and 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Snowmaking is progressing and the Darkside will open this weekend! Caberfae Peaks – December 4, 2014 This just in: we are planning to open South [...]

Caberfae Peaks – 3 for 1 Lift Tickets on December 25th!
Bring in this coupon and get TWO FREE LIFT TICKETS with the purchase of an adult 1 pm to close lift ticket ($41) on December 25, 2014. Slopes are open from 1 pm to 9 pm on Dec. 25th. Merry Christmas! Offer Expires: 12/25/14 Additional Information: Coupon cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Click Here For Coupon >>>> More [...]

 
 

XC Ski Headquarters – Let it Snow Sale

We’re going crazy waiting for snow, so we’re having an impromptu Let it Snow sale! 25-50% off ALL sweaters from Woolrich, Smartwool, Dale of Norway, plus 25-50% off fleece pullovers and softshell jackets from Under Armour, Woolrich, Columbia and more.

These prices won’t last forever, so hurry over and catch us in this highly vulnerable moment!

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Fourth & Fifth Graders Ski Free with MSIA Cold is Cool Passport!

MSIA Cold is Cool Program

New this winter – the Cold is Cool Passport is for 5th grade students too!

The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This is why MSIA has established a state-wide program that provides every fourth and now also 5th grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free. Students can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 26 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops.  

Download a Cold is Cool 4th and 5th Grade Ski & Ride Passport Application here!

The “Cold is Cool” Fourth & Fifth Grade Ski & Ride Passport is one of the elements of MSIA’s “Cold is Cool” program, which is dedicated to improving the health of the children in our state by offering winter outdoor activities for all Michigan kids and their families. Plus, the Cold is Cool activities are endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and they qualify for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

Steve Kershner, MSIA chairman and director of skiing at Shanty Creek, says the association wants Michigan kids to have the opportunity to ski or snowboard. “Fourth and fifth graders are the perfect age to learn to ski. They have the coordination to pick up the sport quickly,” he adds.

In order for fourth & fifth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. “We feel that fourth and fifth graders should be supervised by an adult while on the slopes and trails. Our intention is to make this a fun, affordable and safe activity for the entire family,” says Mickey MacWilliams, MSIA executive director. With the Passport, up to two kids can ski free with each paying adult.  The Passport is valid through April 30, or the end of the 2014/15 ski season.

In the fall, Michigan elementary and middle schools receive a “Cold is Cool” packet with information on a variety of MSIA programs including application forms for the Ski & Ride Passport. Kids can also pick up the applications at participating MSIA ski shops and we will have them available from this website. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

In addition to the ift tickets donated by the participating ski areas, the Cold is Cool Passport also includes a coupon for $20% off a helmet purchase and $15 off the purchase of $100 at over 50 participating ski shops.  Some ski areas have also included coupons for equipment rental and free or discounted lessons.  Coupons for free lift tickets in INew Hampshire, Northwest Rockies, New York, Penninsylvania and Vermont are also included.  To view all the passport coupons and discounts from last year’s passport, click here.

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Winter 2014 – 2015: What’s New At Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands

BOYNE’s last two seasons have offered enthusiasts over five months of skiing and snowboarding, and hopes are high for the 2014/15 season to be a threepeat.  Never leaving winter to chance, BOYNE consistently invests to ensure maximum efficiency in snowmaking and also delivers a slew of new offerings.

This winter, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands have installed state-of-the-art snowmaking control systems that streamline management of each resort’s colossal snowmaking fleet.  And that’s just the start of what’s new.

At Boyne Mountain, the 2014/15 season also brings two new ziplines, concessions at the Tubing Park, lively après ski parties, new Junior pricing and online ticket sales at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, expanded lift hours on Disciples II, improved lighting on McLouth, new features in the Burton Riglet Park and new Nordic signage, plus more rental equipment.

For the 2014/15 season, Boyne Highlands has also undergone facility renovations and is expanding lift hours on the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts, adding lanes to the Tubing Park and features to the Burton Riglet Park, adding lighting on the NASTAR course, offering improved Nordic grooming, introducing showshoeing expeditions, adding rental equipment, and boasting a new menu of culinary delights and beer and wine events.

More on What’s New at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan

The Fun Never Ends
Boyne Mountain is raising the fun barometer even higher this season.  The resort’s Zipline Adventure Tour is being expanded to include two new ziplines that will bridge the gap between current lines 8 and 10 with a tree canopy feature in the middle.  Zipliners will also see new and exciting winter attractions along the walking trail between lines.

Boyne Mountain’s popular Tubing Park is offering food and beverage concessions this winter.  The Tubing Park offers six downhill lanes and has a rope tow for convenient up-hill access.  One- and two-hour, and full day passes are available and tubing is open to adults and children ages 5 and up.

Lively après ski parties in the Snowflake Lounge are scheduled each Saturday, 4-7 p.m., beginning Dec. 27, 2014.  Parties feature the always-entertaining David Cisco, as well as drink specials and the resort’s exclusive Everett’s IPA on draft, brewed solely for Boyne Mountain Resort by Petoskey Brewing Co.   Continuing this winter, kids can also get in on the après ski action with their own parties in Stein Eriksen’s with music, dancing, kiddie cocktails, and more.

Avalanche Bay Makes Big Splash Online and with Juniors
Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark has introduced new Junior pricing for ages 3 to 10.  Children ages two and under still receive free access with a ticketed adult.  Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark is also launching a new website this fall that will feature the option to purchase admission passes online.  Guests procuring online passes will expedite their purchasing process with an easy email confirmation guaranteeing access on peak dates and providing maximum family fun.

Lifts, Slopes, and Trails
Those who love the Disciples area’s green and blue rollers, snow-covered trees, and sneaky stashes, will have even more access with expanded lift hours on the Disciples II chairlift set to run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Glade clearing has continued in this region of the slopes, which accounts for approximately 30% of Boyne Mountain’s total 415 skiable acres.

Night skiers and riders will notice improved lighting on McLouth, and the youngest boarders will find new feature enhancements to the resort’s Burton Riglet Park designed for youngsters ages 3 to 6.

This winter also brings improved Nordic trail signage throughout the trail network as well as widened trails maintained by full size groomers for better consistency and quality of Boyne Mountain’s 35 km of cross country trails.

New Rental Equipment
Providing the latest in rental equipment, Boyne Mountain has also added 200 new sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.

More on What’s New at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan

Resort Renovations
Boyne Highlands Resort has undergone numerous renovations including two newly remodeled pools for resort lodging guests at The Bartley House hotel and Heather Highlands Inn condo-hotel.  The resort has also renovated meeting space for group functions in the Main Lodge with updated lighting, new carpet, and fresh paint, and has a refreshed hotel lobby.

On The Slopes
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can get even more time in on some favorite terrain as the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts are expanding to daily operations.  The Tubing Park will offer more excitement with an expansion from two side-by-side lanes to six individual lanes thanks to the purchase of a new tube lane cutter.  The resort’s Burton Riglet Park, specially designed for 3-6 year olds, is being enhanced with new features and moving to the Camelot beginner slope.  Additional lighting on the NASTAR course will make maneuvering turns even easier, and for park enthusiasts, Boyne Highlands continues to offer the only 13-foot Halfpipe in Michigan.

On The Trails
Boyne Highlands has purchased a new cross country tracker for more efficient grooming and tracking of the resort’s 35 km of trails.  For a twist on the trails, snow bikes were introduced last season, and will continue to be available this winter on exclusively tracked trails.  New this winter, six enchanted snowshoe expeditions are planned, each followed by a gourmet dinner.  Snowshoe event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com.

New Rental Equipment
Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 200 sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.

Culinary Delights
Fueling up is part of the joy of a day on the slopes.   New, and not just for kids, is a Macaroni and Cheese Bar with all the fixings.  Let your mind run wild creating your own bowl of deliciousness with more than 20 topping options.  Cap off your meal with a visit to the sweet and savory Crepe Station.  Both new offerings are available in the resort’s cafeteria.  To quench your thirst, Boyne Highlands is hosting tap takeovers with Michigan breweries every other Friday in the Slopeside Lounge beginning on Jan. 2, 2015.  Also on Fridays are Vintner Nights in the Main Dining Room where winery representatives talk wines from around the world.  On Tuesdays, the Slopeside Lounge is offering hand-rolled sushi.

The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, located 27 miles apart, offering Lower Michigan’s highest vertical and longest runs.  Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in Michigan.  Early purchase discounts on season passes are available through October 13, 2014.  Valuable preseason rates for Ski & Stay packages with breakfast are available now and for a limited time at Boyne Highlands and at Boyne Mountain.  When staying on a package, Juniors ages 9-15, receive reduced rates and kids ages 8 and under sleep, ski/ride, and eat breakfast for free!

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The Homestead – 2014-15 Season Ski Passes

Homestead One Pass

ONE Pass Now On Sale Until October 31st

With The Homestead’s ONE Pass, you can ski or snowboard the entire season plus enjoy savings on lessons, yoga sessions, fitness membership, dinner and any number of visits to the resort’s spa and salon. Did somebody say, “massage”?

Check out the details on how you can enjoy presale prices (only $75 to $179), and enjoy personal, season-long discounts on everything The Homestead has to offer this winter.

The Homestead’s original do-it-all winter season pass, called the ONE Pass, is a flexible new way to enjoy the cold weather months…even if you don’t ski or ride. The pass is so unique that it can be personalized to meet your specific desires for services such as haircuts, dinner, massage sessions and fitness classes.

Use the ONE Pass for skiing or snowboarding, but if snow sports are not your style, consider pampering yourself with an Essential Facial and a Swedish Massage at Spa Amira. After an exhilarating day on the slopes you may be ready for a delicious three-course dinner at Nonna’s prepared by our Executive Chef John Piombo. Start your morning with a Yoga class at New Leaf Health & Fitness, followed by a haircut, manicure and pedicure at Lillyjade salon. There are any number of combinations.

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What’s New This Winter at Crystal Mountain – 2014 / 15


Ten-inch snowmaking pipe currently being installed from the bottom of Main Street to the top of our frontside slopes

NEW! Two New Slopes

Crystal Mountain’s slope count will increase to 50 this winter with the addition of Last Call and Jester’s Alley. Last Call is a glades run that begins on North Face and wanders back to the front-side slopes. Crews are working this fall on Main Street and Giggles to create a new dedicated beginner terrain park named Jester’s Alley.

NEW! Second Skier/Boarder-Cross Course

This winter a second Skier/Boarder-Cross course will be added, this time to the Ridge slopes. The course will be designed on Kaye Blue (Intermediate level) finishing in the flat just above the Ridge triple chairlift.

NEW! Partnership with Burton Snowboards

If you rent a board at Crystal Mountain this winter it will likely be from industry leader and legend Jake Burton. We have swapped out nearly our entire fleet of rental snowboards with those from Burton but the partnership doesn’t stop there.

NEW! Burton Riglet Park & Terrain Based Learning

Young, aspiring snowboarders will get an effective introduction to the sport on weekends within the new Burton Riglet Park. This is flatland training in which students are pulled by an instructor over features to build confidence and provide a feel for what it means to ride the terrain. Along those same lines, Crystal Mountain’s grooming crews will be maintaining subtle rollers and banks within Totem Park (the resort’s learning area) and beginner trails that naturally help beginners with speed control and engaging turns.

NEW! Tank Line in Tuck’s Terrain Park

Crystal’s terrain park design philosophy of lower and longer features will be most noticeable in Tuck’s this winter on the Tank Line. These modified and repurposed propane tanks will welcome new riders while challenging experienced boarders and freestyle skiers to hit every feature in the clean, continuous line.

NEW! More Fat Tire Bike Trails

Fat Tire Biking is one of the fastest growing and most popular off-slope activities at the resort. Cycling crews are currently designating new stretches of trail. Stay tuned for details.

NEW! Exclusive Snowshoe Trails in Michigan Legacy Art Park

Snowshoers will now have dedicated trails in which to enjoy the over 40 works of art within Michigan Legacy Art Park. Part of the Flying Squirrel trail will still allow cross-country skiers to glide through a portion of the art park with the remainder available for snowshoers to explore and contemplate nature and art.

NEW! Adding Edge to the Winter Adventure

Thousands tested themselves on the rickety bridge, high wire and zip line of Crystal Mountain’s new ropes course this summer. The added elements provided by Old Man Winter will add a new challenge this winter on the Edge Adventure Course, two stories above the Park at Water’s Edge.

NEW! Season Passholder Perks

Dreaming of taking a ski vacation out west this winter? Crystal Mountain’s 2014-15 Season Passholders are now eligible for great savings at two new partner resorts: Deer Valley in Utah and Grand Targhee in Wyoming. Save 20% on lodging and lift tickets at participating Deer Valley Resort properties (plus a $50 dining certificate). Plus, ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging two or more nights. Crystal passholders can enjoy new discounts at home too. Learn more about our 2014-15 Passholder Perks.

Lift Hours Update

With the exception of Christmas/New Year (December 22-January 4) and President’s Week/Mid-Winter Break (February 16-22), lifts will close at 4:30pm on Monday and Tuesday nights beginning this winter. Crystal Mountain will be open seven days a week with night skiing and riding Wednesday through Sunday (conditions permitting).

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Crystal Mountain – 2014-15 Season Passes

Love winter with a Season Pass from Crystal Mountain. Choose from a variety of passes to enjoy our downhill slopes, cross-country skiing trails, terrain parks, Passholder Perks and countless winter events all season long!

50 Slopes this Season!

We are excited to reach 50 slopes for the 2014-15 season with the opening of two new runs:
Last Call and Jester’s Alley.

Lift Hours Update

With the exception of Christmas/New Year (December 22-January 4) and President’s Week/Mid-Winter Break (February 16-22), lifts will close at 4:30pm on Monday and Tuesday nights beginning this winter. Crystal Mountain will be open seven days a week with night skiing and riding Wednesday through Sunday (conditions permitting).

Premier Pass Payment Plan

If you purchased a Premier Pass during our Spring Season Pass Sale and chose the down payment option, your final payment is due by September 12, 2014. Make your payment at any time by calling (855) 847-4395.

 

Premier Pass
Unlimited downhill skiing and riding all winter.
No blackout dates.
10-Day Sale
August 26 – September 4, 2014
Early Fall
September 5 – October 1, 2014
Late Fall
October 2-31, 2014
Premier +2 – Best Value
Includes:
• One Unlimited Premier Pass
• One Unlimited Cross-Country Ski Pass
• Season Pass Insurance
• Two Open-to-Close Lift Tickets
$379
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Bring a Friend
$389 N/A
Premier Adult (18-64 Years Old) $319
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$349 $379
Premier Teen (13-17 Years Old) $279
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$289 $299
Premier Junior (7-12 Years Old) $269
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$279 $299
Premier Child (6 Years Old & Under)
Must be age 6 or under on 12/1/14.
$25
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$25 $25
Premier Senior (65-79 Years Old) $269
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$279 $299
Premier Superior (80+ Years Old) $25
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$25 $25
Premier College
Must prove full time enrollment at time of processing.
$199
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$199 $199
Premier Military
Must present current military ID at time of processing.
$279
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$289 $299
Cross-Country Trail Pass
All 2014-15 Premier Pass purchasers are eligible to add our Cross-Country Trail Pass for only $49, with unlimited access to more than 40 km of Nordic trails.
$49
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$49 $49

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