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White Gold Card – Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 31 areas for just $299


Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced the White Gold Card which allows the holder to ski at 31 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $299.

The MSIA White Gold Card entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2020/2021 ski season. In addition to the 31 lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot wax sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers. Retail value is over $2,000!

White Gold Cards have been shipped to Michigan ski shops! We suggest you contact the shop near you to be sure they have arrived before heading out to purchase yours.

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MSIA – Cold is Cool – 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free with our NEW App!


MSIA Cold is Cool Passport allows Fourth and Fifth Graders to Ski Free in Michigan!

Families can obtain a Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport App for their 4th and/or 5th graders that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 28 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. MSIA charges $25 for the passport (to cover app development and maintenance.)

In addition to the lift tickets donated by the participating ski areas, Cold is Cool Passport also includes a coupon for 20% off a helmet purchase and $20 off the purchase of $100 at participating ski shops across the state. Some ski areas have also included coupons for equipment rental and free or discounted lessons.

Note: We have turned the Passport booklet into an app to download on your phone, making it contactless at the lift ticket window. The app will be available to download before the snow flies. You can pre-order yours now, and once the app is ready, we’ll send instructions on how to download.

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MSIA – Michigan Ski Area Pandemic Guide 2020-2021

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of change.  Dealing with the safety of guests and staff during a pandemic has been a top priority of ski areas across Michigan as they prepare to open.  Indoor capacity limits, face covering rules, new outdoor dining options, new lift queue configurations, and social distancing rules are all changes that ski areas are making as they prepare to open. This season, the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is urging skiers and riders to “Know before you go,” by checking the website of the ski area you are planning to visit to familiarize yourself with their COVID-19 protocol.

“Some ski areas are going to contactless lift ticket sales, others are bringing in food trucks for outdoor dining, changing the rental department around to aid in social distancing and limiting class sizes for ski and snowboard lessons,” says Steve Kershner, MSIA chairman and director of snow sports at Shanty Creek Resort.

One rule that will be consistent across all Michigan ski areas is the requirement to wear CDC-recommended face coverings in all indoor spaces, except when seated to eat or drink, and outdoors when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained – such as the base lodge staging area, shuttles, lift lines, while loading and riding a lift, or entering an indoor facility.

“The important thing to remember is that we are doing this for the wellbeing of our guests and our staff. We want everyone to be able to head out and enjoy the slopes safely,” Kershner adds.

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Crystal Mountain – Thanksgiving Reconnect Weekend – November 26 – 29, 2020

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Join us Thanksgiving weekend for a holiday full of family activities.

Thursday, November 26

5k Turkey Vulture Trot 
Give your metabolism a boost over Thanksgiving Weekend with our Virtual Turkey Vulture Trot 5k! The race course will be set up from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29 for participants to run on their own time at their own pace. Proceeds will benefit  North Sky Raptor Sanctuary .  Learn More »

Thanksgiving Day Dinner To-Go
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings – without stepping foot in the kitchen! This meal will serve up to four people and will be hot and ready to take home. Sit back, relax and let us do all the work. Learn More »

Friday, November 27

Holiday Trail Celebration
Crystal Mountain houseguests and Four Seasons Club Members will enjoy a festive tour through Crystal’s quaint resort village. Each trail stop offers unique activities, plus food & beverage and retail sales. Get your “trail stop stamps” at five or more locations to receive a chance to win one of several great prizes! Learn More »

*Holiday Trail Celebration is closed to the general public.

Saturday, November 28

First Light Celebration
Join us from 5-6pm as we set Crystal Mountain aglow with twinkly lights! We’ll be enjoying holiday music and lighting our Christmas tree for the first time this season.   Meet us between the Lodge and Crystal Center to light the tree at 5:30pm sharp.

*Crystal Mountain asks guests to maintain at least six-feet of social distancing, wear your masks, and dress appropriately for outdoor events.

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