As the calendar flips to October it means that snowmaking season is less than a month away. Once temperatures consistently drop below 28-degrees in November, Crystal Mountain starts up the snowmaking system in the hopes of opening by Thanksgiving Day. Over the summer the resort added another snowmaking machine to its arsenal but that’s not all that’s new for the winter of 2019/20.
NASTAR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS
When the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR Midwest Championships visit Crystal Mountain this winter, February 29 – March 1, 2020, the winners will be awarded prize money for the first time in the event’s history! The two-day event, which uses a handicap system allowing racers in each age, gender and ability group to compete head-to-head, will culminate in Sunday’s single-elimination, dual races. Electronic starting gates will stagger racers based on their established NASTAR handicap which should provide exciting side-by-side finishes. The top four competitors will share a $5000 purse. The event is open to all recreational racers and no qualification is required – registration begins December 1, 2019 (limited to 500 participants).
A NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Just in time for January’s National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Crystal is giving some new group and private lesson options for those wanting to get started or get better this winter.
For $99 the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Beginner Passport gives each student three one-hour beginner group lessons and rental. Those completing all three lessons by January 31 receive a discounted 2020/21 Premier Season Pass. Beginner lessons are available Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 5pm, OR Saturdays and Sundays at 11am (January 8 – 31 only). Advanced reservations are required for each lesson, call 888.968.7686 ext. 2000.
The Private Lesson Punch Card is good for five 50-minute lessons at a price of $299 or three lessons for $199 – a savings of $10-$20 per lesson. The March at the Mountain Lesson Card lets you learn while enjoying the snow and sunshine during the last month of the season. It includes three lessons for $149. The Skills Challenge Lesson is for the more advanced skier or rider, presenting each with a series of challenges with a chance to earn a bronze, silver or gold medal – private lesson pricing applies.
TWEAKS TO THE TERRAIN
This fall, crews are sculpting the downhill terrain where Tuck’s and Emmy merge with Main Street, the beginner trail that runs down the middle of the front-side slopes, to provide more room and visibility for skiers and riders. As part of an ongoing project to remove the retired Cheers lift, the lower terminal will be gone by the time snowmaking begins which will create better traffic flow to the Buck quad chairlift. Once the snow has started to pile up, Crystal will have a new Pisten Bully 400 groomer in its fleet, shaping everything to perfection.
ALL IS MELLOW AND SWELL AT CRYSTAL SPA
Beginning December 20, Crystal Spa will introduce seven services exclusively for the winter season and the names speak for themselves, including…
Swell Being Relaxation – 50 minute $140 / 80 minute $185
Experience deep relaxation and full-body total “swellness” as you are massaged head-to-toe with a nourishing dual-phase body oil that leaves skin to feel ravishingly rejuvenated and luminous.
Mellow MoonDip Body Treatment – 50 minutes, $115
A moonshine-infused body exfoliation, ripe with Georgia grown Muscadine grapes is followed by an application of feathery, light-as-air body mousse infused with skin nourishing botanical oils plus fast absorbing, full spectrum hemp oil – rich in cannabinoids and over 15 vitamins and minerals.
Organic Oxygen Facial – 50 minutes $235 / 80 minutes $295
A stimulating Eminence peel featuring Snow Mushroom, Birch Water and Reishi Mushroom has a ‘heating effect’ drastically increasing circulation, reducing puffiness, toxins and fluid retention in the face and neckline. Cooling, calming, pressurized oxygen delivery with the latest skin technology from Intraceuticals then visibly lifts, tightens and reduces fine lines and wrinkles using a combination of Hyaluronic layering.
Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings and a conference center.