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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 14th, 2018 - 2:22 pm

Crystal Mountain

Among the things for which we are most thankful this November is enough snow to open for skiing and riding (10am-4:30pm) on Thanksgiving Day! In keeping with the spirit of the season, lift tickets will be FREE on opening day (November 22) with rentals at $15 per person.

In the meantime, we’re letting our snowmaking crews maximize efforts on Buck, Cheers to Lou (formerly known as Cheers) and Main street to get as much terrain open as possible.

The downhill trails will be open 9am-4:30pm Friday through Sunday of the holiday weekend (November 23-25) with lift tickets $25 for adults, $15 for juniors (7-17) and seniors (60-79) and free for kids 6 and under. Ski and snowboard rental is $25 for adults and $15 for kids from Friday through Sunday.

Stay tuned to the Snow Report, Facebook and Instagram for the very latest updates on conditions: crystalmountain.com/snow
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Among the things for which we are most thankful this November is enough snow to open for skiing and riding (10am-4:30pm) on Thanksgiving Day! In keeping with the spirit of the season, lift tickets will be FREE on opening day (November 22) with rentals at $15 per person.
 
In the meantime, we’re letting our snowmaking crews maximize efforts on Buck, Cheers to Lou (formerly known as Cheers) and Main street to get as much terrain open as possible.
 
The downhill trails will be open 9am-4:30pm Friday through Sunday of the holiday weekend (November 23-25) with lift tickets $25 for adults, $15 for juniors (7-17) and seniors (60-79) and free for kids 6 and under.  Ski and snowboard rental is $25 for adults and $15 for kids from Friday through Sunday. 
 
Stay tuned to the Snow Report, Facebook and Instagram for the very latest updates on conditions: crystalmountain.com/snow

 

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Fantastic news. Thankful for the AWESOME Crystal snowmaking team!! We appreciate you!

Brian David Mathes& Paula Baker Mathes I know what we’ll be doing while the turkey cooks!!

Rachel McFarlane free on thanksgiving day! If only we lived closer

Eileen M Doss, can you go on the 22nd? I’m thinking Mom’s only! But I really want to go, to ski before thanksgiving would be nice!

Yes, we will be there :-).

We will be there all weekend

Nice, Free skiing on Thanksgiving!

hey Shelley and Wes...what do you think..?? skiing after the Billy Strings show in Manistee...I am STOKED..!!! #PLT

Looks like you guys are going to have fun fun fun! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Katia Glomski lift tickets free on opening day nov. 22

Torrez Torrez

Lori Westphal Megan Westphal 🎉

Ashley Albrecht

Jonathan Baconator

Jason Stoddard

ChuckandSusan Towersey

Bryce Martin

Aaron

Joann Wendels

Caleb Rhynard

April Tank

Nicolette Cummings

Jason Larson Peter Sholten Clayton Lesley

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Wednesday November 14th, 2018 - 9:18 am

Crystal Mountain

Join us on Saturday, November 24 as we set Crystal Mountain aglow with twinkly lights! We'll be singing holiday carols 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.
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Join us on Saturday, November 24 as we set Crystal Mountain aglow with twinkly lights! Well be singing holiday carols 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.

 

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as I was reading this I was thinking Laura Cowan-Johnson would love this 🤶

Sounds great.

Sara Patrick? Maybe?

Julianne Cowan-Johnson!

Tuesday November 13th, 2018 - 9:51 am

Crystal Mountain

Our snowguns have been running since 10pm last night and there’s no sign of stopping today. Plus Mother Nature gave us another 2 inches of snow overnight. Think cold, think snow! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Taylor Grant Jake Fredenburg Jason Farr 🙌🏻🙌🏻 literally the only time I’m ok with snow

Cameron Joshua Pieper Hannah Robinson Olivia Williams here’s another one in Michigan

Bonnie Harris!!!

Haven Robinson Dakota DeWeese I see skiing in the weeks future

Danelle Nesseth

Darn I missed it. 87 in Orlando today. Just sayin.

Winter has arrived in Mi.

I use to love winter when I could ski!

I would have the happiest 4 year old in the entire world if you were open next week. We got an inch of snow in Chicago and she begged to start skiing when we visit for Thanksgiving. Pretty please?! 🤞🏻🙏🏻❄️⛷ Thinking cold!

And thats starting from nothing or u have snow on the ground before hand

Ok Crystal mountain, Caberfae, Boyne and Nubs are open this weekend, let’s here it!

Paula Colburn

I tried to get to the webcam on their site. They just posted that the snow machines were running.

This was only a couple months ago in the same spot!

The ground isn’t frozen.

I have several sets of skis and ski poles if the kids need them

I remember when I was part of this snow making crew! What a great time it was

MeganPerreault and Jim Perreault

Reid Albrecht. Let’s go skiing in northern Michigan. I might be better in my home state.

You think cold and snow! For me it’s sunshine and warm!❤️

Lance...

😍⛷🏂👏

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Aaron Chandler Jen Plaggemars Josh Plaggemars Joe Busscher

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Monday November 12th, 2018 - 1:41 pm

Crystal Mountain

Congrats to our very own Greg Babinec, the 2018 Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year!

Michigan PGA
Don't miss this video featuring 2018 Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year, Greg Babinec, PGA! Crystal Mountain
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Greg, through your lessons you taught me golf is a journey not a destination. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.

Congratulations Greg Well deserved!

Congrats

Congrats Greg! You definitely deserve it

Congratulations, we’re thrilled you’re at Crystal Mountain!

Congrats Greg! Well deserved!!! We are lucky to have you at Crystal!

Congrats Greg!

Congratulations, Gregg so. proud of your accomplishments!

Plus he's a great cross country ski instructor! All around great guy!!

Congratulations

Congrats Greg and Crystal Mountain !

Congratulations Babs. Hope to be able to tee it up with you this summer. Have a great winter and I'll see you in the Kinlochin ski shop!

Well deserved Babinec!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Congratulations my friend.

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