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Crystal Mountain offers first Pump Track In Michigan

Crystal-Mountain-Rider-On-Track- A rider is trying out the new Pump Track at the resort.

Crystal Mountain Resort debuted the Wolverine State's first snowboard pump track this past month, and it may well be the first in the Heartland. It's a trend that first started out west in Utah and Colorado where a few pump tracks have appeared. In the Midwest it's been a popular concept in mountain biking and skateboarding, but not snowsports.

A ski and snowboard pump track is a continuous circuit of snow rollers consisting of berms, jumps, and rollers connected by banked turns. The track is designed to be ridden by pumping your body up and down to generate downhill momentum. The pump track is designed for all ages and levels of skiers and riders to try. It is located on the resort's Megan's Way, a beginner slope.

Officially called the Pumping Service Pump Track, it also honors their longtime association with The Pumping Service, a family-owned business that has been offering professional pumping services to northern Michigan and the resort since 1975.

“We're excited to offer this new feature to our guests and also engage a long-time partner,” said Crystal Mountain CEO John Melcher. “We feel it will become a very popular aspect attracting lots of users.”

It's a great way to build up stamina and gain confidence riding features in terrain parks as you flow through the course and slowly gain speed. The idea is that you keep going until you tire or fall.

Crystal, long a Midwest favorite, has 58 runs, a variety of glades, three terrain parks, eight lifts including a high-speed quad, cross country trails and fat-tire biking in addition to the new ski and snowboard pump track. If you are thinking of check it out plan ahead. The resort has sold out capacity on most winter weekends. Purchase lift tickets online ahead of time, or consider mid-week when crowds are less.

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