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Crystal Mountain – 12th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 27, 2017


Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain.

Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.

Held slopeside.

Admission

VIP Ticket Package

About VIP Beer and Brat Tickets

$60 per person (Ages 3 & under are free).

VIP Package includes: Admission at 3pm (one hour before general admission) to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 10 tokens.

Tokens can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, brats and delicious sides! No Refunds. Tickets are available for pick up beginning May 25, 2017, at Crystal Mountain”s Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain.

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Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – 2015 Video

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Crystal Mountain asks that you please be responsible about your alcoholic consumption. We encourage our guests to assign a designated driver or use on-property shuttles when leaving the festival. Cars left overnight will not be ticketed or towed. Those who chose not to drink at the festival will still have to pay the same price for admission as those who are drinking. All attendees have access to a lineup of musical talent, food and beverage vendors, merchandise, festival activities and prizes. For this reason, discounted tickets are not available.

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Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – Photos From Instagram

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters Events – 2016 – 2017

November 19th, 2016 – Saturday, 4:00pm
Free Toko Wax Clinic with Nick Baic

Learn the best of the waxing world from Toko guru and Michigan Junior Olympic Coach, Nick Baic. He will demonstrate how to make your skis fast without wrecking them, and also showcase the latest and greatest wax technologies used in the Sochi Olympics! Don’t miss this free clinic.

Friday, November 25th – Monday, November 28th, 2016
Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, Small Business Saturday, Bean Bomb Bash, and Fashion Show

Want to see what’s new in winter clothing and active-wear this year? Look no further than the Cross Country Ski Headquarters fashion show! Crew members will model the latest and greatest wears from The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, Patagonia, Brooks, Salomon, Woolrich, Mountain Hardwear, Swix, Rab, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie, Smartwool, Sporthill, Lucy, Kari Traa, Skhoop Skirts, and more throughout the weekend. Best part: all this clothing is up to 25% off!

You will also find a fantastic selection of 2017 cross country packages, starting as low as $279 for cross country skis, boots, bindings and poles, plus binding installation, base prep, and Ski Bones. Check out what’s new in the XC ski world, like the Atomic Motion 52 Skin no-wax skis, which have a synthetic mohair grip zone for reliable and quiet no-wax performance. We specialize in cross country skis that are fitted especially for you, at the best price. See how much fun winter can be with a new cross country ski package!

Shop with us on Small Business Saturday for special sales and givaways, like Buy 2 Get 1 Free Smartwool socks, plus a free pair of socks with any 2017 sweater purchase!

The most important reason you should come see us on Thanksgiving Weekend is, of course, Bob’s Bean Bomb. This hot, cheesy, bacony dip has a cult-like following for good reason. It will be served all weekend. Free Nordic Walking pole demos, Fischer and Jenex V2 Roller ski demos, and C.A.T. ski demos all weekend, too!

December 1, 2016 – Thursday
Rolling Hills, Trapper’s Cabin, Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey Trails Open

If we have received enough snow by December 1st, we will groom Rolling Hills, Trapper’s Cabin, Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey Trails. All 18 kilometers of trail will be groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing by December 3rd, snow permitting! Take advantage of this great opportunity to demo some great skis that are still on sale at Pre-Season package prices!

December 1, 2016 – March 25, 2017
Headlight Night Skiing for $5

Some of the best cross country skiing in Michigan can be done at night. Experience the magic of winter at night with the help of an LED headlamp! For only $5 per night, rent a very bright LED headlamp and enjoy the trails in a new way. Please pick up headlamps during store hours – before 6pm Friday and Saturday and before 5pm Sunday through Thursday – and return them between 10AM and noon the following day.

December 10th – Saturday (make-up date: December 17th)
Amy Powell Ski Clinic, Fast Wax Clinic, & Team Dinner

Don’t miss out on undoubtedly some of the best technique training available from Amy Powell, former MI Cup Overall Women’s Champion, Vasa 50km champion, Level 3 PSIA certified ski instructor, and all around great skier and coach. Amy is excellent at coaching a wide array of abilities, has a keen eye for form, and a lot of methods and drills to get you skiing faster and more efficiently! She will run a clinic for both classic and skate skiing at XC Ski HQ. The Level 1-2 Skate Clinic will be from 10:00am – 11:00am, and the Level 2-3 Skate Clinic will be from 11:30am – 12:30pm. The Level 1-2 Classic Clinic will be 1:30pm – 2:30pm, and the Level 2-3 Classic Clinic will be from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost per clinic is $20, or two for $35. Space is limited, so sign up soon by calling 800-832-2663 or emailing info@crosscountryski.com.

After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at 4:00pm. This year, Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer will be giving the clinic, which will be highly informative and of interest to both racers and recreational skiers. He will go over waxing technique for skating and classic, and will also highlight some key products from increasingly popular, USA-based wax company. There is no charge for this clinic.

The XC SKI HQ Team dinner follows the wax clinic, beginning at 6pm. Come join the 2004, ’07, ’08, ‘09, ’10 ’13, ’14, and 2015 Michigan Cup Champions (also the ’10, ’11 and 2013 Brumbaugh Cup Champions) in our annual kick-off potluck dinner. We’ll introduce new team members, review last year’s performance, and strategize on how to bring home the MI and Brumbaugh Cups in 2016. Other topics will include technique, team training dates, and upcoming race info.

This event always ends up being a lot of fun, so even if you think you might only do one race this season, you are invited to come and enjoy this annual gathering of the most fun-loving skiers in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Don’t forget, we are very welcoming to new team members! Our team spans a wide range of age and ability, and members are always willing to help out fellow skiers. To find out more, join us on Team Night, or call or email Devan Thielfoldt at 248-740-8825 or dthielfoldt@omnisource.com, or Mariah Frye Colie at info@crosscountryski.com

December 10th – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 16th, 2016 – Friday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Full Moon Night Skiing!

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM. Join us for an evening you’ll never forget! (Snow permitting.)

December 17th, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 17th – Saturday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Trapper Santa on the Trails!

Ski or snowshoe to Trapper’s Cabin to find Trapper Santa! This rustic, wizened Santa will be tending the bonfire, roasting chestnuts, and telling wintery tales to kids from 1 to 92. Join him for free hot cocoa and lots of Christmas spirit!

December 24th, 2016 – Saturday, Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, we will be open until 3:00pm. Enjoy the holidays!

December 25, 2016 – Sunday, Christmas Day
Merry Christmas!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters Store is closed. Parking lot and trails are open during daylight hours, on the house.

December 31st, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 3rd to February 7th, 2017 – Every Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
4-H Junior Ski Program

Kids from Roscommon, Houghton Lake, and Grayling are invited to join our 6 week 4-H cross country ski program, which meets every Tuesday from January 3rd until February 7th, 2017. This annual program teaches kids from Kindergarten though 8th grade how to cross country ski and skate ski for a nominal fee. Kids must register through the Roscommon 4H Extension Office. Program includes ski rentals and ski instruction, and parents are encouraged to ski with the kids! Parents who volunteer to ski with the kids will receive free ski rentals.

January 3rd – March 25th, 2017
“Cold is Cool”: Fourth and Fifth Graders Ski Free!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters has partnered with Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This statewide program provides every 4th and 5th grader the opportunity to ski for free at Cross Country Ski Headquarters and various other ski areas with a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport. This passport gives them three facilities passes at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, plus other perks. Passports can be obtained through any Michigan school system, or online at www.goskimichigan.org. Proof of 4th or 5th grade status is required, and children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

January 3rd – 31st, 2017
McDonald’s Discover Michigan Skiing Program

Cross Country Ski Headquarters has teamed up with Michigan’s McDonalds restaurants to offer an exciting and very affordable introduction to the sport of Cross Country Skiing in Michigan. The program is designed to introduce a healthy outdoor winter activity to anyone with an interest in outdoor winter recreation.

The program includes a group lesson, ski equipment rental, and XC SKI HQ facilities pass for the day. The price for this Discover Michigan Skiing program is $20 for adults and children 6 years old and older. The lesson covers basic maneuvering on skis, including classic technique, turning, controlling speed going downhill, and getting up from a fall. At the end of the program, participants receive a $20-off coupon valid at participating Michigan Ski Industries Association ski shops.

The Discover Michigan group lesson usually starts at 10am on Saturdays throughout the month of January, but if you have a group of 4 or more you may schedule a “private” group lesson most any day or time. In either case, sign in at the rental desk at least 15 minutes prior to the lesson time to get fitted for ski equipment. Please pre-register by calling 800.832.2663.

January 7, 2017 – Saturday 10AM to 3:30pm
Pure Michigan Family Winter Trails Day

Entering its 20th year, the Pure Michigan Winter Trails Day offers children and adults who are NEW to snow-shoeing and cross country skiing, the chance to try both activities for FREE. Come join us and discover how fun winter fitness can be, and enjoy the social aspects that accompany these easy-to-learn winter sports.

Check-in is at 10am. Please make sure to pre-register, and remember, this program is aimed at folks who have never X-C skied or snowshoed before. Check-in is followed by free outfitting in snowshoes, boots, skis and poles.

10:30: X-C Ski & Snowshoe clinic. Learn how to get the skis and snowshoes on, how to hold the poles, and how to start cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Also learn the important skills of how to fall down and how to get up!

11:10: Go on a tour to Trappers Cabin for Hot Dogs, bonfire and Hot Cocoa, all on the house. After lunch at the Cabin, skiers and snowshoers will have the choice of exploring more trails, or being guided back to Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

3 PM (or earlier): Skiers return from their tours and return snowshoes, boots, skis & poles. They are invited to relax in front of the Fireplace in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge.

We ran completely out of equipment last year, so we insist upon pre-registering! We have a limited number of skis and snowshoes. If we are fully booked we will reschedule you to a Saturday later into January. Please pre-register by emailing your name, address, age, shoe size, and choice of X-C skiing or snowshoeing to: info@crosscountryski.com or calling 800-832-2663.

January 7, 2017 – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 7 & 8, 2017 – Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain

Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

January 9th – 13th, 2017 – Monday through Friday
Silver Streak Week

This week, Cross Country Ski Headquarters would like to treat all “seasoned” outdoors people, age 60 and older, to a complimentary XC SKI HQ Facilities Pass, plus a coffee or hot cocoa on the house. They are also urged to demo any of the latest and greatest skis, boots or snowshoes at no charge to help make their on snow experience even more fun.

January 11th to February 15th – Every Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Women’s Ski Club

Join us for our very first women’s ski club at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! This program encourages local women to get together and cross country ski in a relaxed, welcoming environment. PSIA certified Level 3 ski instructor, Carole Mueller-Brumbaugh, will be available for instruction and technique feedback to anyone who would like some coaching. This program will have a loose format, so women may arrive any time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm to participate; however, to rent skis for a nominal fee, skiers must arrive before 5:15pm. The fee for this program is $5 per session, all of which will be donated to the River House Women’s Shelter in Grayling. Included in this fee is a facilities pass, optional ski coaching, and headlamp rental.

January 13th, 2017 – Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Full Moon Night Skiing

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM. Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

January 14, 2017, Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 14th & 15th, 2017 – Saturday, Noon to 3:00pm
Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese Bar

XC Ski HQ Top Chef, Erin Gielincki, will be raising the bar for comfort food at Cross Country Ski Headquarters this weekend. Using our special recipe for homemade mac ‘n cheese, we will be serving steaming bowls of this masterpiece, and skiers can choose from a variety of toppings to optimize their mac-experience for personalized enjoyment. We’re talking bacon, blue cheese, roasted broccoli, toasted sunflower seeds, plus classics like steamed peas and hot dogs (obviously). Get ready to indulge after a day on the trails with this favorite American culinary pastime!

January 21st, 2017
Stretch and Slide: A Yoga-Ski Retreat!

Stretch and Slide begins at 10:00am with a Hatha yoga class at the Gerrish Twp Municipal Building (1 mile south of XC Ski HQ), and continues with a full day ski/snowshoe rental, group lesson, Facilities Pass, and homemade chili lunch (classic or vegetarian) at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Spend the afternoon enjoying the serenity of the beautiful Michigan winter forests on the pristinely groomed Headquarters ski trails, or relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa by the Stone Turtle Day Lodge fireplace! All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both. Over a $65 value for $45 ($35 if you have your own equipment). There will be an opportunity to change from yoga clothes into ski clothes before the ski lesson, and XC Ski Headquarters has a great selection of ski clothing if you need to get outfitted before the lesson! To pre-register (recommended but not required), email info@crosscountryski.com or call 800-832-2663.

January 21st, 2017 – Saturday Noon to 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

January 21st, 2017, Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 22nd, 2017 – Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella on the Sun Deck

A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

January 28th & 29th, 2017, Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain

Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

January 28th, 2017, Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 4th, 2017 – Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Ski the Beer Trail! – Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing

Join us for a day of delicious craft beer on the ski trails! Our favorite local brewery, Paddle Hard Brewing, will bring their hops to the snow at several tasting stations along the ski trails, at which skiers and snow-shoers can try some of Michigan’s most excellent craft beer. The Beer Trail Pass includes a full day facilities pass, barbecue lunch at Trapper’s Cabin, and four beer tokens to be used at any of the stops for $35. Additional beer tokens may be purchased separately. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available for a nominal fee on a first come, first served basis, and free mini ski lessons are available upon request.

February 4th, 2017 – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 5th, 2017 – Sunday, Noon – 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

February 10th, 2017 – Friday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Winter Fest Night Skiing

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! To celebrate Winter Fest, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6:00-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM. Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

February 11th, 2017 – Saturday, Noon – 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

February 11th, 2017 – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 12, 2017 – Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella on the Sun Deck

A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

February 18th, 2017 – Saturday 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 18th, 19th & 20th, 2017 – Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Noon to 4:00pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. Then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter! You might never be the same!

February 25th, 2017 – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Breakfast at the Birkie!

Join us for breakfast at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Café, and watch the live stream of the American Birkebeiner ski marathon on the big screen! The largest cross country ski race in North America, the “Birkie” starts in Hayward, WI and spans 50km to the town of Cable, where thousands of people line the streets to watch the finish. Called “the greatest show on snow,” the race attracts over 10,000 skiers and 20,000 spectators, and is highly entertaining and inspiring to watch. A delicious breakfast menu will be available from 9:00am to 11:00am.

February 25th & 26th, 2017 – Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain!

Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a final appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and a creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

February 25th, 2017 – Saturday, 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 4th, 2017 – Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Ski the Beer Trail! – Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing

Join us for a day of delicious craft beer on the ski trails! Our favorite local brewery, Paddle Hard Brewing, will bring their hops to the snow at several tasting stations along the ski trails, at which skiers and snow-shoers can try some of Michigan’s most excellent craft beer. The Beer Trail Pass includes a full day facilities pass, barbecue lunch at Trapper’s Cabin, and four beer tokens to be used at any of the stops for $35. Additional beer tokens may be purchased separately. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available for a nominal fee on a first come, first served basis, and free mini ski lessons are available upon request.

March 4th, 2017 – Saturday, 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 4th & 5th, 2017 – Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 4:00pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. Then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter! You might never be the same!

March 11th, 2017 – Saturday, Noon – 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

March 11th, 2017 – Saturday, 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 12th, 2017 – Sunday 9:30am
Michigan Cup Relays at Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Join us for one of the most exciting and entertaining ski races in Michigan! This capstone race for the Michigan Cup Race Series features a relay race with 3 skiers per team: 2 legs freestyle, one leg classic; approximately 8km per leg for freestyle and classic. You do not have to be a Michigan Cup racer to participate! If you do not have a team but would still like to ski, we will try to find a team for you. Registration starts at 9:30am, and the race starts at 11:00am. The entry Fee is $20 per racer. All entrees score Team Points.

New this year, the super fun post-relay-race party just got even more fun! After the Relays, stick around for the awards ceremony on the sun deck, featuring $1 beers from Paddle Hard Brewing! Feast on house-pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, black bean veggie burgers, vanishing scalloped potatoes, and of course our famous home-baked cookies. This post-race meal is included in the race registration fee. Each racer will also receive an official 2017 Michigan Cup Relays Pint Glass!

March 18th, 2017 – Saturday, Noon to 3:00pm
Spring Ski Fest: Hawaiian Barbeque!

Wear your Hawaiian shirt and feast on some of the best Hawaiian Barbeque this side of the Pacific! Grill chef “Hawaiian Ryan” will be barbequing locally raised pork hocks, along with island style veggies and of course fresh pineapple. Celebrate all that is great about spring: long, sunny days of great cross country skiing in Michigan!

March 18th, 2017 – Saturday, 4:00pm
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson

Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 19th, 2017 – Sunday
24th Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle

The longest standing juniors race in Michigan, the Muffin Race will be held at Cross Country Ski Headquarters on Sunday, March 19th. The race is a Junior Girls & Boys 8km Pursuit race. Skiers will classic ski the first half of the race then ski freestyle the second half of the race. Registration begins at 9am on Sunday, and we will shoot for a 10:30am start. This is a Michigan Cup Junior Race. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the girls and boys races.

After the 8km Senior Muffin Division Pursuit race, we will hold three Junior Muffin freestyle races: Ages 6 years and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. All racers 12 and under will be awarded a medal!

There is a $10 entry fee for the Senior Racers (13 and older) and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Junior Muffin Racers.

The Pig Roast is $5 for anyone else who might be hungry too. All racers and family members who partake in the Pig Roast will also receive a complimentary 1-day XC SKI HQ facilities pass.

March 25th, 2017 – Saturday
Surprise Event – To Be Determined!

As long as the snow lasts into spring, we will continue to have weekend events at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. We will determine the event based on the snow we have – or don’t have! Stay tuned to find out what’s in store this weekend at the home of cross country skiing in Michigan!

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XC Ski Headquarters – Let it Snow Sale

We’re going crazy waiting for snow, so we’re having an impromptu Let it Snow sale! 25-50% off ALL sweaters from Woolrich, Smartwool, Dale of Norway, plus 25-50% off fleece pullovers and softshell jackets from Under Armour, Woolrich, Columbia and more.

These prices won’t last forever, so hurry over and catch us in this highly vulnerable moment!

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New Year’s Eve Celebration on Mackinac Island

Great Turtle Drop
Great Turtle Drop

New Year’s Eve Week-December 26 thru January 2

Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island from December 26, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Your Mackinac Island Holiday is made possible with special openings from six lodging facilities, two restaurants and the always open Doud’s Grocery store. Several shops also open just for this holiday. Join us Downtown at Midnight to welcome the new year with the Great Turtle Ball Drop before heading back inside to warm up and celebrate the New Year with live music. Spend your days cross country skiing, snow-showing, snowmobiling and hiking in pristine winter conditions. And spend your nights in the intimate lounges and restaurants. This New Year Holiday, Make it Mackinac.

December 31st from 2pm to 4pm head to Marquette Park for the 2nd Annual Snowball Dash. Teams compete in the snow in events like a 3-legged race, wheel barrel race and obstacle course! To participate, show up with a team or two or more to Marquette Park at 2pm.

Great Turtle Drop on New Year’s Eve

Great Turtle Drop
The Innkeepers at the Cottage Inn dreamed up the Great Turtle Drop as Mackinac Island’s version of Times Square and it was so well received that they are lighting up their turtle again this year. The drop takes place on Main Street at the Christmas Tree around midnight.

Places To Eat:

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542
Cawthorne’s Village Inn is featuring a special menu starting at 5:00pm. Reservations suggested. Drink specials all night long with a champagne toast at Midnight! Live music by Brian Thomas starting at 9:30pm.

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916
Mustang Lounge is celebrating the New Year with a special menu featuring chicken marsala, seafood fettuccine Alfredo, broiled and Parmesan crusted whitefish, beef tenderloin, herb roasted chicken and surf n turf. Prices range from $18-$35. Reservations suggested. Dance the night away with DJ Brevin from 10pm-3am

Where to Stay

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

Cottage Inn of Mackinac (906) 847-4000

Harbor Place Studio Suites (906) 847-3347

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (906) 847-6575

Mission Point Resort (906) 847-3312

Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364

Activities

New Years Day Hayride (906) 847-3542 – Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 3, 2014. $20.00 per person.

Mackinac Wheels Rentals (517) 575- 8585
Fat-tired bicycles, the latest in winter cycling, will be available for rent from Mackinac Wheels. $10 an hour or $25 all day, they will be available by appointment only call Jim at 517.575.8585

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RENTALS
Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542

January 1, 2015 New Years Day

New Years Day 5K – This fun run is not timed. Leave from Doud’s corner on foot, ski’s or even bike at 9:15am. There is no cost but donation to the Mackinac Island Rec Department is encouraged.

New Years Day Hayride (906) 847-3542 – Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 3, 2014. $20.00 per person.

Shopping

Doud’s Market – Since 1887, Doud’s Market has been nourishing Islanders and visitors. This full service grocery store offers fresh cut meats, fresh produce, bakery, deli counter, prepared meals, packaged liquor and lottery.
Christmas Eve 8am-7pm, Christmas Day 9am- 12pm, December 26-29 8am-7pm, December 30 thru January 1 8am to 11pm, January 2 resumes normal business hours of 8am-7pm

Harrisonville General Store – Groceries, beer, wine, specialty items and jewelry made by Island residents. Located up Island in the Village.

SomeWear on Mackinac – A fine boutique of ladies clothing, outerwear, scarves handbags and more. Located at the Grand Gatehouse Courtyard Shops.
December 20- 21 from 11am to 4 pm.
December 29, 30 and 31 from 11am to 4pm

Mackinac Outfitter – Mackinac Island’s favorite outfitter, providing the most popular lines of outdoor gear and clothing since 1981. We are located on Main Street across from the Shepler Ferry dock.
December 21- 24 from 1:30pm to 4 pm.
December 30 and 31st from 1:30pm to 4pm
January 1st from 10am to 12pm

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980
December 21, from 11 am to 3 pm
December 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 12pm to 4pm

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Mackinac Island Winter Services Listing
For more information on Christmas Holidays / New Year’s Eve on Mackinac Island visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Winter Page at: http://www.mackinacisland.org/event/new-years-eve-on-mackinac/

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