New Runs, Lifts, Lodging Expansion Planned For Michigan's Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain Michigan’s Crystal Mountain Resort has announced a $9 million expansion project that will add new ski runs, lift, lodging, retail and other amenities to the resort located in the Wolverine State’s northern Lower Peninsula.

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Powder Days In Southern Rockies To Continue; Colder Temps May Help in PNW, California

Powder Day at Taos Ski ValleyThe southern Rockies got the bulk of this latest snow blast, and snow is expected to continue – in varying degrees of intensity – into next week in Colorado and Utah. Skiers and snowboarders at other areas of the West are still looking longingly to the skies.

 

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Join The Midwest Snow Carnivals; Mardi Gras, Pond Skims, Fun Into March

Mardi Gras Crystal MountainStarting this weekend into early March, several ski areas across the Midwest are hosting fun- filled spring carnivals, pond skimming, and classic cardboard downhills. Here are some of the best:

 

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Trip Report: Shanty Creek Makes Big Improvements Including New Slopeside Lodging

Cedar River Lodge at Shanty CreekOne of the better ski hills in northern Michigan has always been Shanty Creek's Schuss Mountain slopes, but you really didn’t have slopeside accommodations unless you stayed in the aging village.

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Early Season Value Specials Abound In Northern Michigan

Crystal Mt. MichWith all the early snowfall and great snowmaking weather that invaded northern Michigan in November the slopes are in great shape. Several resorts are offering some nice early season lift and lodging specials. Take advantage.

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Most Midwest Destinations Plan To Be Open Thanksgiving Weekend

Indianhead looks across valleyThanksgiving is typically when Midwest ski areas hope to open for the season, and many are right on schedule. If you’re ready to kick-start the season with a ski trip, here’s a sampling of lift and lodging packages at selected ski resorts.

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Lift Served Mountain Biking Available At Four Heartland Ski Areas

Crystal Mountain bike trails

Several Heartland ski areas allow mountain biking on their summer slopes, but if you’re looking for lift served riding, there are four choices.

 

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New Outdoor Adventures At Crystal Mountain, Mich. This Summer; Ropes, Zip, More

Ropes course at Crystal Mt.

Considered one of the Heartland’s top family resorts, Michigan’s Crystal Mountain is adding several new outdoor adventures this summer that will appeal to all family members.

 

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Northern Michigan’s Golf Season Underway With Early Season Specials

Treetops Golf Course, Boyne area

It’s been one of the longest Midwest winters in history, but spring and northern Michigan’s golf season is underway. Long known as America’s Summer Golf Capital, several of the regions resorts rank among the top 100 golf resorts in the country, and most are offering early season stay and play specials.      

 

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Skiing With A Centenarian At Michigan’s Crystal Mountain

Lou Batori at 103

I’m not sure if I’ve ever stood next to someone 103-years-old, let alone ski with someone that age. I fixed that omission Sunday at Crystal Mountain, when I got to ski with centenarian Lou Batori, very likely the oldest living skier in the world.

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Now Is Time To Purchase 2014/15 Season Pass In Midwest

Hidden Valley

While this winter’s great season is still underway at a few resorts across the upper Midwest, now is the time to be thinking about your 2014/15 season pass. Some Heartland ski areas are currently offering their best prices of the year for a limited time. Many of these price incentives end this month.

 

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Catch These Spring Events, Deals In Midwest Through Mid-April

Nubs Nob

It’s the winter that just keeps on giving. Don’t put those skis or boards away just yet. Check out these events and lift and lodging packages taking place this weekend and into mid-April across the Heartland.

 

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Midwest Winter Brought Record Snows... But Brrrrrr

Mount Bohemia

The winter of 2013/14 may have brought the most snow in decades — breaking 100 year old records across the Heartland — but it also had a downside: record-breaking cold.

 

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Michigan’s Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek Rock Into Springtime Events

Crystal Mt. Mich Slush Cup

Spring is a great time to ski and ride and a pair of Lower Michigan ski resorts just made it even more appealing. 

 

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Michigan Resorts Start To Offer Fat Tire (Snow) Biking

Fat tire snow biking

Fat tire biking, snow biking, or whatever you want to call it has been gaining popularity at eastern and western ski resorts the last couple of seasons. The Midwest is just starting to catch on, and so far just in Michigan.

 

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Romantic Getaway Chioices For Heartland Couples Valentine's Weekend

Crystal Mt., Mich. couples

Valentine’s Day is coming fast and on it’s on a Friday this winter. It’s the perfect time to consider a romantic getaway, and several Midwest resorts are offering enticing choices. 

 

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Crystal Mountain Hosts Kids Free Weekend, Women’s Ski Clinic Early January

Crystal Mountain women's ski clinic

One of the Heartland’s most popular family ski resorts, Crystal Mountain, Mich. is hosting Kid’s Free Weekend, Jan. 10-12, and a Women’s Ski Clinic with highly touted instructor and former pro ski racer Lisa Densmore, Jan. 11-12.

 

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Midwest Resorts Ready To Celebrate Holidays

Skiing Santa (Shanty Creek)

The long range forecast looks good for a snowy holiday across the Heartland, and the good news for skiers and snowboarders is some destination ski resorts are offering lift and lodging deals through the holidays. 

 

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Heavy Snow A Boost For Western Resorts, Bust For World Cup Ski Racers

Stevens Pass

The first major snowstorm of the season sent ski racers packing, and powder hounds reaching for fat skis.

 

“It’s the first powder storm of the season, and the crowd is going wild,” said Emily Moench, communications manager for Snowbird on Wednesday morning. “Powder hounds are chomping at the bit.”

 

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‘Hope On The Slopes’ Events Set; Benefits American Cancer Society

Hope on the SlopesHope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure (HOTS) is a fundraising event benefitting the American Cancer Society. Look for it at ski areas across the country.
HOTS combines the passion of finding a cure for cancer with a love for skiing and riding.

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