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What’s New This Winter at Crystal Mountain – 2018 / 2019

What's New This Winter at Crystal Mountain
Not unlike a snowflake, each winter at Crystal Mountain is a little different. There’s always something new. A year ago the very first drinks were being poured at the Bru Bar. The doors opened to the Mountain Market and guests got their first glances at the snow swept landscape from the balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows of the Inn Residences. This season brings an extra week, gets some added flavor from the Market, sheds new light on the cross-country skiing and figures in a new surface skating in the middle of the village.

A NEW RINK

The winter setting in the midst of Barr Park is among the most magical within the village as skaters and hockey players take turns gliding across the ice. This year the rink will be a little less subject to the meteorological whims of Mother Nature and Old Man Winter. Crystal Mountain will install a new surface with a design that should provide more opportunity for figure-eights and hockey-stops alike. Alongside the new rink will be a new bonfire area in which to both get toasty and toast to a beautiful winter’s day on the mountain.

TEST THE MARKET

With the turning lifts, beautiful snow and Crystal Crispies beckoning from the Clipper Café it can be easy to get distracted from a delectable option in the heart of the village. Just a short walk from the slopes is the Mountain Market, located in the Inn lobby. The locally sourced Ebels meats, artisan cheeses, chef-made sandwiches, salad bar and other snacks (sweet, salty and all flavors between) can be a great break for whatever the meal or a stop to load up on food and drink for an apres ski party. Keep an eye on

Crystal’s Facebook and Instagram pages for special events and offers throughout the winter.

BE A NASTAR

Few ski areas in the Midwest see more NASTAR racers than Crystal Mountain. The course is on the same slope this season but will have a different name that honors one of its most legendary competitors (more details on page 22). In addition to a new price for juniors (two runs for $3) and free pre-race clinics (Monday and Wednesday-Sunday) come some special events. Olympian Daron Rahlves will be here for NASTAR pacesetting trials on December 19, the NASTAR Midwest Championships visit February 9-10 with Medalist Weekend on the schedule March 23-24.

SOLAR-POWERED SKIING

Night-skiing is a Midwest tradition but not just on the downhill trails. For years, Crystal Mountain has lighted five kilometers of its Otter trail for night skiing. The only change to that tradition this year is how the trail is lit. The new lighting won’t rely on a plug but the sun as solar-powered lights brightly illuminate the path ahead for cross-country skiers – only with more energy efficiency.

AN ATOMIC FLEET

The Nordic Center in Kinlochen is literally going Atomic. A new retail line of skis, poles and boots – classic and skate – will be available in the shop this winter. If you haven’t tried cross-country skiing, Winter Trails Day on January 5 is a great opportunity for an introduction and a good workout.

LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AT CRYSTAL SPA

New to the menu of services for this winter, Crystal Spa’s Barrel-aged Body Treatment, Winter Wheat Massage and Tawney Port Pedicure will feature special product infused with Iron Fish spirits. Meanwhile, Table Thai and Thai Foot Reflexology will also be added. This is a modern expression of a more than 2,500-year-old tradition of Asian bodywork using the whole body to treat the whole body. Guests are moved into a series of yoga-like stretches to help increase range of motion and muscular strength. More energizing and dynamic than traditional massage, Thai works with the body’s movement potential on a comfortable mat on the floor or table aiding in recovery and performance.

AN EXTRA WEEK

The chairlifts will stay open a week longer than usual this season, until April 7. Of course to ski and snowboard we’ll still need permission from Mother Nature and Old Man Winter. Regardless, the Edge Adventure Course, Vertical Edge Climbing Wall, indoor pool, fat tire bikes and plenty of other Spring Break activities will offer a fun finish to what is sure to be another spectacular season.

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Wednesday November 13th, 2019 - 1:25 pm

Crystal Mountain

We’ve been making snow around the clock and have a base up to 36” in some spots. Who’s ready for first chair this Friday?

UPDATE: Our crews have been making snow for over 160 hours and we aren't done yet!
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We will be there Friday and Saturday!

Can’t wait!!! 😬

Be there!

See you Sunday

Looking great. Should get plenty of use out my season pass this year...👍🎉

How Come not opening till noon?

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Tuesday November 12th, 2019 - 10:01 am

Crystal Mountain

12+ inches of fresh powder fell overnight and there’s more on the way today. Who’s ready to shred with us on Friday?!? ⛷🏂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Is this the earliest opening day in the history of Crystal Mountain?

We’ll see you Saturday Crystal Mountain!

I will be there with my new Shaggy’s ⛷

I will be glad to shred that up for you!

Count me in!

Is Thanksgiving always free or just last year since it was opening day?

I see you David! 😜

Let’s drive up there! Dean Hainey

Kat Bogdan

Jay Stoops

Dan Slater

Joe Delia

Kevin Anderson❄️❤️❄️❤️🎄❤️❄️🎄

Jon

Danielle Noel Alyssa Patricia

Kendra Dangles Jay Dangles

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Monday November 11th, 2019 - 3:35 pm

Crystal Mountain

It’s official! We will open for skiing and riding on Friday, November 15 from Noon - 4:30pm. We’ll have the Buck Quad and Crystal Carpets running and will open Cheers To Lou, Tucks, Totem Park and possibly Giggles. Lift ticket rates will be $15 for Adults, and $10 for Juniors (ages 7-17) and Seniors (ages 60-79). Rental rates will also be $15 for Adults and $10 for Juniors and Seniors.

Trails will open again on Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 4:30pm. We plan to have the Buck Quad, Crystal Clipper Quad and Crystal Carpets in operation. We plan to be skiing on 4-5 slopes (Cheers To Lou, Tucks, Giggles, Main Street and Totem Park). We may add additional slopes if temperatures and natural snowfall permits. Lift ticket rates will be $25 for Adults and $15 for Juniors and Seniors. Rental rates will also be $25 for Adults and $15 for Juniors and Seniors.

Stay tuned to the latest updates at crystalmountain.com/snow . We’ll see you on the slopes this weekend! ⛷ 🏂 ❄️
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Earliest opening in how many years? Or maybe ever?!?! FANTASTIC!!

I’m loving the 81 degrees in Florida this week but excited to ski this weekend at home.

Looks beautiful, I wish we were there.❄️ 🎿 ⛄️ 🎄

YAY!!!!! GREAT TO BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. WAY TO GO!!!

Awesome !!!!

Beautiful

We’ll be there!! How do we pick up our season passes?

Way to go Crystal Mountain 🙂

Perfect! now that Bob is on a 4 day work week, skies/snowshoes, go go go! Live life!

Yea!!!!!!!

WhooHoo!!

Joyce Wilson we could be skiing Friday for $10.

Tyler Faulkner

Josh Bryant ope, and look at that. Crystal too!

Tristan Kraft

Suzette Batenburg

Michelle Dyda

Tim Broxterman

Eric Thompson Paige Davis

Talia Miller - 😬

Garry Honeycutt!!!

Brian David Mathes ❤️

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Friday November 8th, 2019 - 12:51 pm

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The calm after 5 inches of fresh snow 😍. ... See MoreSee Less

The calm after 5 inches of fresh snow 😍.

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Beautiful! Have a great season.

So Beautiful!! I cant wait to get on the Slopes ❤

Looks like a postcard!

Beautiful morning at the mountain! ☺️

Awesome... beautiful!

Wow, gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous! ❤❤❤

When do the slopes open at Crystal?

Sweet

Nice!

Gorgeous but glad I’m not there!

Beautiful

Looking like another thanksgiving opener

Yes!

Heather Ritter

Micah Wolfe

Petar Bamburac get ready for winter activities 🤓

Steve Earl

Betsy Knape Anderson we can't wait to be there!! ❄ 🎄 🎅 ⛇

Marjorie Larmon ❄️

Michelle Beckwith Horton !!

Korrie Sauder 🤩

Isaac Hearld Isai Guillen

It's so gorgeous.

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