It’s time for skiers and snowboarders to rejoice. All 58 trails are open at Crystal Mountain.
Most of the trails at the resort have been open this year since Nov. 15. But a recent run of snowfall, low temperatures and the resort’s snow-making efforts have helped expedite opening the entire mountain.
“We have an excellent snow-making team who make and manage our natural and Crystal-made snow,” the resort’s Chief Operating Officer John Melcher said. “When Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, our snow-makers make remarkable things happen for our guests.”
With a base of 42 to 48 inches of natural and manmade snow, Crystal Mountain has trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Snow-making is equal parts art and science. There are 152 snow-making machines on property. And under ideal conditions, Crystal Mountain can cover the entire mountain in one foot of snow in about 45 hours.
“Nirvana is when you have a beautiful blend of man-made and natural snow,” Melcher said. “And we have all that here at Crystal Mountain.”
The downhill slopes aren’t the only trails open. Fat tire bike enthusiasts and cross country skiers can celebrate, too. And snow shoe fanatics have also gotten in on the action.
About Crystal Mountain:
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. Visit www.CrystalMountain.com