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Spa Magazine ranks Crystal Spa #1 Hotel/Resort Spa in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic & Midwest

Two premier spa publications honor Crystal Mountain with three awards.

, MICH – The readers of Spa Magazine have honored Crystal Spa with a Silver Sage Award ranking it as the Top Hotel/Resort Spa in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. In addition, Crystal Spa has also received two awards for environmental practices including international recognition from SpaFinder.

This marks the second straight year the readers of Spa Magazine have recognized Crystal Spa with a Silver Sage Award in the Favorite Hotel/Resort Spas: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest category. In addition, Crystal Spa received a second Silver Sage Award as Favorite Green/Eco Spa. Each of this year’s Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Award honorees are currently featured in Spa Magazine’s Worldwide Guide 2011 and were honored in a ceremony during this week’s International Spa Association Conference in Washington D.C.

“To receive the top ranking among a list of spas that include the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and Hotel Hershey is an incredible honor,” says Chris MacInnes, chief operating officer of Crystal Mountain. “This recognition is truly a testament to the quality of our spa staff and management of which we are extremely proud.”

SpaFinder, recognized by Forbes and USA Today as the world’s premier online resource for spa travel, named Crystal Spa to its list of Ten Best Spas for Environmental Practices. The Midwest’s only LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) spa shares the SpaFinder honor with Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico), Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa and Gwinnganna Lifestyle Retreat  (Queensland, Australia) and Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (Clonakilty, Ireland), among others. In 2009, Crystal Spa was named among SpaFinders Ten Best for Winter Sports.

Opened in January 2009, Crystal Spa has the distinction of being the Midwest’s only LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) spa facility and one of just eight in the nation. The 18,500 square-foot facility features 12 treatment rooms, including a dual treatment room and Vichy shower, meditation lounge, outdoor meditation garden with hot tub, locker rooms with infrared saunas and steam rooms, and a manicure and pedicure salon. In addition, the building includes a fitness center with the latest cardio- and strength-training equipment, motion studio, and an indoor pool and hot tub.

About SpaFinder:

The world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc. connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning Spafinder.com, the Spa Enthusiast newsletter and the annual Global Spa and Wellness Directory. Voters were asked to only cast ballots for spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years. Founded in 1986, the privately held company is headquartered in Manhattan.

About Spa Magazine:

For more than 14 years, Spa magazine has offered readers a personal connection to the beauty, health, and wellness secrets of the world’s hottest spas. Spa publishes six bimonthly editions plus the award-winning Spa Worldwide Guide annual directory. Check out Spa online at www.spamagazine.com.

About Crystal Mountain:

Celebrating over 50 years, Crystal is a family-owned, four-season resort with 36 holes of championship golf, one of GOLF Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, one-acre outdoor water playground, the Crystal Coaster, Michigan’s only alpine slide, lodging, dining, skiing, IACC-approved conference facilities and the award-winning Crystal Spa.

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Crystal Mountain – Ski Fitness Boot Camp

Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa is offering Ski Fitness Boot Camps that will take your skiing performance to the next level — ski faster, better, stronger! Each session begins with a dynamic warm-up, followed by a ski-specific dry land training regime. Professional trainers will focus on improving your agility, strength, speed, endurance, flexibility and explosive power. Reach your fitness goals now — love snowsports even more!
Evening Boot Camps –  Tuesday, November 15, 22, 29 & December 6, 2011
Camp 1: Low to Moderate Intensity  |  6pm
Camp 2: Moderate to High Intensity  |  7pm
Mid-day Boot Camp –  Wednesday, November 16, 23, 30 & December 7, 2011
Silver Skiing Fitness  |  1pm
Student Conditioning Camp –  November 17, 21, 28 & 30, 2011
10 participant maximum, offered at 5pm & 6pm
Space is limited. Sign-up at the Peak Fitness Center, 800.968.7686 ext. 7300.

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Crystal Mountain – Sleeping Bear Telemark Festival – March 20, 2011

Drop in for a few turns…
Grab your tele boards and head for Crystal Mountain Sunday, March 20 for the annual Sleeping Bear Telemark Festival. Produced by telemark skiers for telemark skiers, this grassroots event was built on the idea of welcoming new skiers to the sport and celebrating with old friends – all in the same day! The event runs during regular lift hours: 9 am – 6 pm.

Join the herd! When the sun is high in the sky, we’ll do the customary “Mountain Tour,” followed by some fun on Buck: the “World’s Largest Tele Turn,’ the “Yo-Yo” and other on-the-snow hijinks.

Try out some gear! Josh and the crew from The Outfitter in Harbor Springs will have a selection of demo skis and boots available to check out – and purchase if so desired.

Looking to give telemark skiing a try? The Crystal Mountain Snowsports School offers telemark lessons and rental gear. Call 800-968-7686 ext. 2000 for more info.

Check out an excellent telemark film! Josh Madsens’The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies, Punx, and Misfits will be showing in the Vista bar at Crystal at 4:00 pm.

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