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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 [...]

Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Labor Day Weekend Sale! – August 29 to September 1, 2014
[ August 29, 2014 to September 1, 2014. ] Labor Day Weekend Sale, Andy Liebner Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga for Skiers, and more! The Labor Day Weekend Sale, is upon us! What is so special about this sale, you ask? This is the time when we try to unload last year’s inventory at huge discounts, and the selection of this deeply discounted inventory is at its [...]

Caberfae Peaks – 2014/2015 Ski Season Passes Go On Sale August 15th
Ski and snowboard season passes for 2014/2015 go on sale at 12 am on August 15th. Back by popular demand, we will be offering a quantity based season pass sale starting at 12 am on August 15th, by selling a limited number of Peak Passes at increasing price points. Once a price tier sells out, the price [...]

Crystal Mountain – Crystal Trifecta – September 20, 2014
[ September 20, 2014; ] Join the Crystal Trifecta Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series! Register for each race individually or sign up for the whole series. Racers will earn points for placement in each race toward an overall final podium. Each race will feature a different downhill trail. 2014 Dates & Times: Saturday, August 16 - Course preview at 11am, race at [...]

Boyne Mountain – 6th Annual Skitoberfest – October 4, 2014
[ October 4, 2014 to October 5, 2014. ] October comes only once a year. And since there's nothing we can really do to change that, we've decided to make the most of it with our annual Skitoberfest celebration. Join the Boyne Mountain crew for an Oktoberfest-style celebration of fall, and the promise of the coming snowsport season. You'll find everything you'd expect at Oktoberfest [...]

August 28, 2014 |

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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August 20, 2014 |

Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Labor Day Weekend Sale! – August 29 to September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Sale, Andy Liebner Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga for Skiers, and more!

The Labor Day Weekend Sale, is upon us!

What is so special about this sale, you ask? This is the time when we try to unload last year’s inventory at huge discounts, and the selection of this deeply discounted inventory is at its largest. You will find 40% to 50% off Mens, Womens and Kids Columbia parkas from 2013-14, and 40-50% off many jackets, pants, tops, and sweaters from The North Face, Under Armour, Patagonia, Columbia, Brooks, Salomon, Woolrich, and more.

Now, our crew is lucky enough to experience a kind of Christmas in August. This is when boxes upon boxes of this season’s clothing, outerwear, and skis arrive on big trucks, usually resulting in a frenzy of excitement, celebratory hugs, and no work being done because we have to try everything on before we hang it up on the racks. It’s an amazing yearly ritual. Truth be told, the only thing better than Christmas in August for us is when customers come in and experience that same giddy delight at all the awesome new stuff, especially because we put it all on sale. That’s right. Almost every piece of this season’s clothing is 10-20% off at the Labor Day Weekend sale. You don’t even need to leave us cookies and milk! (But you could, if you wanted.)

Bob also let us mark down almost all of our new skis, boots, poles and bindings, plus over 30 ski packages for everyone from beginners to racers to back-country enthusiasts. There are also killer deals on closeout hard goods, including 2012 Salomon Equipe 10 Classic Waxable race skis, marked over 50% off at just $239.95 (List $550)!

Make the most of your visit by participating in one of our ski clinics:

Yoga for Skiers – Saturday, 10:00am – Certified Yoga Instructor and avid cross country skier, Mariah Frye Colie, will lead a “Yoga for Skiers” class. Open to the public and free of charge, the class will cover the best stretches and strengthening exercises for cross country skiers to prevent injury and improve performance. The class will last approximately 45 minutes.

Learn strengthening and stretching techniques to improve your skiing during our Yoga for Skiers class.

Andy Liebner Roller Ski Clinic – Monday, September 1st, 11:00am-2:00pm – Renowned cross country skier and coach, Andy Liebner, will lead a roller skiing clinic at XC Ski HQ. This is a fantastic opportunity for all levels of roller skiers to brush up on fundamentals and advance technique under the guidance of a great athlete and coach. Andy was the Peruvian national ski team coach at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, as well as the overall winner of the 2011 US Ski Marathon Series, and a multi-time college All-American skier. He is also a very passionate, energetic, and friendly person with a trained eye for technique. He will cover Skate and Classic roller skiing, plus nordic walking technique. Open to all levels, cost is $30 for the 3 hour clinic.

Nordic Pole Walking Demos, Mountain Biking, Hiking on the Ski Trails
– All Weekend Try a whole new way to walk and work out! Nordic walking burns up to 40% more calories than regular walking, and is great for XC ski training and overall fitness. Try a pair for free on our trails anytime during store hours over the weekend! The trails have been meticulously maintained and mowed all summer, and they are yours to explore, free of charge.

So mark your calendars for August 29th-September 1st. Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm, and Monday 10:00am-5:00pm.

See you there!

- Bob, Lynne, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Erin, Matt, Sarah, Abby, Michelle, Brian, Hope, and crew

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August 15, 2014 |

Caberfae Peaks – 2014/2015 Ski Season Passes Go On Sale August 15th

Season-Pass-Sale-99Ski and snowboard season passes for 2014/2015 go on sale at 12 am on August 15th.

Back by popular demand, we will be offering a quantity based season pass sale starting at 12 am on August 15th, by selling a limited number of Peak Passes at increasing price points.

Once a price tier sells out, the price will then move to the next price tier, until the price ultimately reaches $198.

The price will then remain at $198 until Oct. 31st.

Look for approximately 50 passes at the opening price point of $99!

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August 11, 2014 |

Crystal Mountain – Crystal Trifecta – September 20, 2014

Join the Crystal Trifecta Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series! Register for each race individually or sign up for the whole series. Racers will earn points for placement in each race toward an overall final podium. Each race will feature a different downhill trail.

2014 Dates & Times:
Saturday, August 16 – Course preview at 11am, race at noon
Saturday, September 20 – Course preview at 11am, race at noon
Saturday, October 18 – Course preview at 3pm, race at 4pm

2014 Race Fee:
$20 per race or $50 for the series. Racers will receive lift access for the day.

Medals will be awarded to the top three racers per race; medals and prizes awarded to the top three overall in the race series.

For ages 13 and older. No rental bikes. Full face helmets required. Padding is recommended.

For more information or to register, call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888.968.7686, ext. 7500.

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August 4, 2014 |

Boyne Mountain – 6th Annual Skitoberfest – October 4, 2014

October comes only once a year. And since there’s nothing we can really do to change that, we’ve decided to make the most of it with our annual Skitoberfest celebration.

Join the Boyne Mountain crew for an Oktoberfest-style celebration of fall, and the promise of the coming snowsport season. You’ll find everything you’d expect at Oktoberfest – great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances – plus our own ski- and snowboard-oriented twists on tradition. Carve out plenty of time for our on-snow rail jam, the Burton Riglet Park for kids, a ski swap, free rides on our six-place chair, a parade, street dancing and tons of other surprises during this preseason celebration.

Admission is FREE, and tickets for food, brews and some activities will be available. Remember – Skitoberfest comes only once a year. Don’t miss the fun.

THE Party

Staged in the Village and nearby open lawn, the entire area comes alive with food and entertainment!

Saturday, October 6, 12noon – 12am

VIP Lounge: 2 – 7pm, exclusively for BOYNE homeowners, BOYNE 2012/13 season passholders and their ticketed guests (VIP Lounge open to ages 21 and up)

Entertainment in the Beer Tent: 7pm – 12midnight

THE Activities: 2 – 7pm

  • Michigan Beer, Wine & Spirits Tasting – Tickets required, no entry fee to taste. Click here to see participating breweries, wineries and distilleries. 21 and older; photo ID required.
  • Free signature tasting mug with the purchase of your first 20 tickets. 21 and older; while supplies last.
  • NEW: Get your Skitoberfest Ski Pass stamped by eight participating food, beer, wine, spirits or activity vendors to enter in a prize drawing
  • Food + Sweet Treats from Area Restaurants, click here to see participating restaurants
  • Live Entertainment
  • Music, Dance and Theater Performances
  • Chalk Art on Village Lane
  • Wine Tasting at Made in Michigan, 21 and older
  • 25 ft. Five-Climber Rock Wall
  • Dual Extreme Air Jumpers
  • Paint Your Mark on the Graffiti Wall
  • Groomer Rides
  • Photo Booth
  • Music and Magic on the Lawn – Live Street Theatre
  • Casting Lessons with Boyne Outfitters
  • Village Sidewalk Sales (11 – 8pm)
  • FREE Scenic Chairlift Rides (12-8pm)
  • Twin Zip Rides (visit the Adventure Center, 2 – 9pm)
  • Hay Rides (2 – 9pm)
  • S’mores Around the Bonfire (6 – 9pm)
  • Outdoor Family Movie (8pm)

THE Kid’s Zone, 12noon – 7pm

  • Kids’ Root Beer & Soda Garden featurng Northwoods Soda
  • Tasty Snacks + Sweet Treats
  • Burton Riglet Park
  • Moon Bounce House Inflatable Obstacle CourseBalloon Hats and Animals
  • Face Painting
  • Horse and Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Art Projects + Sand Art
  • Visits from Fritz, the Resort Mascot THE Biergarten, 2pm – 12:30am

THE Skitoberfest Rail Jam, 3:30-5:30pm

It’s what you’ve been waiting for all summer…time to get your park fix until winter truly arrives. We’ll supply the “snow” and features, you bring your gear and attitude! Registration is Saturday from 10am to 3pm at the BOYNE booth at the Snowsports Summit.

THE Boyne Mountain Pre-Season Progression Camp is a program designed to help young freeski and snowboard enthusiasts jump start their season through safety techniques, new discipline knowledge, progressive activities, and personal on-hill instruction. Camp registration includes two days of coaching, on-hill instruction, Skitoberfest Rail Jam entry fee, and an indoor training session at Boyne Area Gymnastics.

THE Biergarten, 2pm – 12:30am

Celebrate in an elaborately decorated Biergarten (beer garden) featuring extravagant hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, acrobat and fire breathing performances, and eXperience DJ spinning the latest dance hits and classic party tracks.

  • 2 – 5pm: Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts; $50 entry. Complimentary admission for BOYNE homeowners and 2014/15 season passholders.
  • 2 – 8pm: Live entertainment by eXperience DJ
  • 5pm – 12:30am: No entry fee
  • 7pm: Prize drawing for all ages; must be present to win
  • 8pm: Tent becomes 21 and older; photo ID required at the door
  • 8:30pm – 12:30am: Dancing to Soul Street

Child care is available between the hours of 6pm and 12midnight with advance reservation. For child care pricing and to make a reservation, call 231.549.7274.

THE Skitoberfest Parade, 6 – 7pm

  • 6th Annual Skitoberfest Parade and Street Dance, Village Lane

THE Pray for Snow Bonfire, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Join us at the GIANT bonfire, as we pray to Ullr, the Viking God of Snow, for a snow-filled winter season!
Fire breathing performances

THE Afterparty, 8pm – 12:30am

  • Dance to the amazing band Soul Street hailing from Detroit in the Biergarten tent
  • Cash bar and food concessions

Must be 21 or older after 8pm; photo ID required at the door.

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August 3, 2014 |

Crystal Mountain – 9th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic – October 18, 2014

The annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic is held in and around the beautiful, gently rolling terrain surrounding Crystal Mountain. The race starts and finishes near the base of the front-side slopes. Riders journey through hardwood and pine forests along rambling two-tracks and flowing single-track on a course that is fast and challenging, but not so difficult that racers new to the sport won’t have a great time.

Start Time for Wave #1 in the Sports/Beginners category is 9:30am. Start Time for Wave #1 in the Experts/Pros category is 12:30pm. View all Start Times.

Peak2Peak 2014 Overview »

Peak2Peak Registration Information »

Peak2Peak Racer Information »

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August 2, 2014 |
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