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What’s New This Winter at Crystal Mountain – 2017 / 2018

The NEW Inn at the Mountain

25 Suites, Mountain Market, Bru Bar, Rooftop Terrace & More

The Inn at the Mountain will be center stage as a new Mountain Market, Bru bar, rooftop terrace and 25 suites open to the public this winter at Crystal Mountain. Many of the rooms in the 31,200 square-foot, $11 million expansion to the Inn began hosting guests this fall. The contemporary design of these rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a panorama of the downhill trails and village.

Photographers were commissioned to provide photo collections that illustrate the theme for each suite which include Arcadia Dunes, Old Mission Peninsula, Fishtown, Betsie Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Otter Creek, Platte Bay and Point Betsie. Hallways will feature reproductions of the Art Prize award-winning Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and Northwood Awakening by Ann and Steve Loveless along with maps and murals by Glenn Wolff.

Crews are now finishing the Mountain Market and Bru bar on the main level as well as the rooftop terrace that will open as the winter season approaches—in time to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Work has also gotten underway on Barr Park, named after David Barr, founder of Michigan Legacy Art Park. The outdoor space that sits between the Inn and the Lodge will once again be home to the resort’s ice skating rink.

The building itself features a geothermal system with 26,000 feet of pipe that travel 460 feet below the ground to use the earth’s constant temperature to heat in the winter and cool during the summer. This system is 48 percent more efficient than a traditional system. Those benefits will be further enhanced as the resort’s electricity provider, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, increases its mix of zero-carbon energy to 56 percent, anticipated by January 1, 2018.

Adding to the buzz created by the new addition to the Inn will be the excitement that always accompanies an Olympic year as a few new features appear on-hill:

NEW! Terrain Parks Trading Places

Tuck’s and Little Vincent are doing a bit of a trade this winter. The rails, tubes, bumps and boxes from Tuck’s (intermediate trail) will move to create a new terrain park on Little Vincent (intermediate trail). Once snowmaking begins, crews will assess the potential jumps that could be included in the new park. Tucks will now be a wide-open skills trail for free-skiing and snowboarding with banks, rollers and moguls to help intermediate- to advanced-level students improve their skills.

NEW! Learning-enhanced terrain in Totem

Additional space has been created in Camp Totem, the resort’s learning area, for the upcoming season that will allow for learning-enhanced features like banks and rollers to be built. These features prompt students to more intuitively position their body to turn, slow down and stop. Young snowboarders will also have access to the Burton Riglet Park, a flat course used as an introduction to the sport in which students are pulled through rollers and banks.

NEW! Waffle Cabin

If ever there were two words that could warm your heart on a cold winter’s day they would have to be Waffle Cabin. The franchise serving delicious waffles and hot coffee out of a quaint little cabin will be located near the resort’s Mountain Adventure Zone which houses the Crystal Mountain Snowsports School.

NEW! Burton Boots and Boards

Already designated a Burton Learn-to-Ride Center, with the added boots and snowboards for this upcoming winter, Crystal Mountain’s entire fleet will now be exclusively provided by Burton.

NEW! Fleet of Rental Skis from HEAD

Crystal Mountain has completely replaced and upgraded its fleet of rental skis and boots with HEAD Link Pro skis and Next Edge boots. The new wood-core ski makes turning easier for the beginner and more responsive for the advanced skier. The new four-buckle boots offer better performance along with generous size and comfort.

NEW! Even More to March

Don’t be deceived. While Mother Nature may melt much of the snow downstate, skiing and snowboarding continue throughout the month of March. Crystal Mountain hosts a month-long celebration with live entertainment under a big top tent, events, food and drink! The schedule includes Mardi Gras on the Mountain (March 2–3), Spring Carnival (March 9–10), Celts & Kayaks (March 16–17) with BRENA band and Retro Weekend (March 23–24) with the Mjolnir Challenge – a Thunder Run up Thor (black diamond trail) along with a Devious Dash featuring obstacles on Loki (black diamond trail). During the final weekend of the winter season, lodging guests ski free and can enjoy an Easter Eggstravaganza including the Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 (10 a.m. sharp) and Easter Buffet on April 1.

NEW! Snowmaking equipment

Crystal Mountain is adding to its already robust snowmaking system with two new portable snow machines, an SMI Super PoleCat and an SMI Kid PoleCat. This increases the number of snow machines to 143. A Tucker Terra has also been added to the fleet to move portables around on the mountain. Temperatures need to be under 28 degrees to make snow. Under ideal conditions, Crystal Mountain can cover the entire mountain in one foot of snow in 45 hours.

NEW! Crystal Mountain added to Freedom Pass

Beginning this season, Crystal Mountain has joined the Freedom Pass. As part of this collective, Premier Season Pass holders will receive three days of free skiing at participating properties which include: Black Mountain (NH), Bolton Valley (VT), Dartmouth Skiway (NH), Eaglecrest (AK), Granite Gorge (NH), Lost Valley (ME), Magic (VT), McIntyre (NH), Pajarito (NM), Plattekill (NY), Sipapu (NM), Ski Cooper (CO) and Whaleback (NH).

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Caberfae Peaks – Season Passes – 2017 / 2018 – $99 SEASON PASS SALE!

Caberfae Peaks – Season PassesSki & snowboard SEASON PASSES are now on sale for the 2017 / 2018 season.

SEASON PASS SALE
Season ski & snowboard passes are now on sale at Caberfae Peaks. The following pass prices are valid through August 31st. BUY NOW

Children 8 & under season passes only $15. More info on SEASON PASSES.

EL NINO IS A NO-GO THIS WINTER

MLive has just recently reported that there likely won’t be an El Nino this winter, which could mean great things for the Great Lakes region and “skiers should be excited.”  Now is the time, don’t miss out on it…JULY SALE: 60% OFF LIFT TICKETS

Caberfae lift tickets are 60% off through July 31st. Discount applies to our 1 Day Ticket, and 1 Day Ticket + Rental products.  SHOP NOW

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Crystal Mountain – 2017 – 18 Season Passes

Crystal Mountain - 2017 - 18 Season Passes

Season Passes Are On Sale Now.

Our Labor Day Season Pass Sale is underway! Purchase an adult Premier Season Pass for $359, or a junior/senior Premier Season Pass for $229 and enjoy unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding all season long!

Don’t wait – prices will increase on Wednesday, September 13!

Learn more and BUY NOW

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2017/18 BOYNE Season Ski Passes


New Season Pass Options

Your heart belongs to Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls. Maybe it’s the place where you fell in love for the first time, or the third. Maybe it’s the place where you took your first lesson as kid and now ride the magic carpet with your own children. It’s the place where our founder, Everett Kircher, fell in love with those first 40 acres that started it all. His love at first sight turned into a labor of love and the runs that are still most loved today, Victor and Hemlock, continue to be filled with snow lovers sliding down smiling on sticks and boards. 

We’re your family and you are ours. At Boyne Mountain you’ll find a resort experience that caters to every age, the young and the young at heart. And now we want to cater to your family a little more. Introducing the Boyne Mountain 17/18 Season Passes. Let loose on 60 runs across 415 meticulously groomed acres all season long, no frills, just straight up skiing and riding.  BUY ONLINE

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