Mountain Blog

World Snow Day - A First for Crystal & the World
Keirsun Scott - Friday, January 27, 2012

World Snow Day may be over but we're already looking forward to celebrating all things snow again next year! Here's a recap of last Sunday's worldwide event.

We had more than 100 people join us for our first World Snow Day on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Worldwide, people in 18 countries participated in the inaugural World Snow Day, including Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

Crystal Mountain was the only resort in Michigan to participate in this year's event.

Explore, Enjoy and Experience

The overall purpose of World Snow Day is to expose first-timers to the world of snowsports, celebrate snowsports as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and foster global awareness of the importance of nurturing the natural environment.

A variety of free activities designed to give first-timers and veterans a chance to explore, enjoy, and experience the world of snow happened throughout the day on Sunday.

  Scott Wilson, our Director of Instruction & Cross-Country Manager, kicked off the Cross-Country Skiing Presentation at 9:30am in the Kinlochen Cross-Country Center with a hands-on tour of the sport's equipment.
Scott then took attendees outside to click into their bindings and take a few first-strides on our beginner-friendly Otter Run route. 

During the Kids Ski & Snowboard Presentation in our Totem Park beginner's area, Snowsports instructors talked about the equipment used and demonstrated the proper technique for making turns on the slopes.

At the Art of Snowmaking presentation, kids and adults had the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of one of our snowcats. 

During the presentation, Michael Call, our V.P. of Mountain Operations, answered questions about the science of snowmaking.

The Snowshoeing Presentation at the Park at Waters Edge drew a large crowd as Janice Davidson, our Recreation Manager, demonstrated the proper use of the equipment and different types of snowshoes.

Snowball the Snow Tiger chose to experience the thrill of ice skating out on the ice rink located on the Inn Lawn.

In the Crystal Center event-goers found displays from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, featuring ski and snowboard equipment from the beginnings of both sports, in addition to some unforgettable winter wardrobes.


Thank you to everyone for participating - you helped make our first World Snow Day a success! For more information about World Snow Day, visit