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Where Is the Love? Find it at Crystal Mountain!
Abbey Neerken - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Find relaxation, romance and recreation this Valentine’s Day at Crystal Mountain. Spend the day being pampered on site at the award-wining Crystal Spa, or explore the property looking for a prize-redeemable heart in our Where Is the Love scavenger hunt. Finish the day with a tasty entrée from the Thistle Pub and Grille or Wild Tomato dining room, or order out from the Little Betsie Bistro.

Planning to hit the slopes this Valentine’s Day? Look for the hearts and win a prize in our Where is the Love Scavenger Hunt – including a 2015/16 Premier Ski Season Pass!


Hearts of all sizes are hidden throughout the Crystal Mountain property, both outdoors and inside. From the ski slopes to the Clipper Café, from Tickets and Rental to the Burton Riglet Park, hearts are everywhere! Return your heart to the location specified on the heart, and redeem it for prizes ranging from Crystal Mountain swag, resort gift cards and spa vouchers to lift ticket discounts. The smallest heart is redeemable for a 2015/16 Season Pass! Our heart hunt begins at 9am on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, and ends when the ski lifts close.

One prize per person, any age can participate. Hearts cannot be redeemed after February 14, 2015 – so be sure to turn yours in on Saturday. Hearts have no cash value and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Visit the Park at Water’s Edge and Explore the Outdoors with your Valentine:


Dog Sledding* from 9am-4pm
Ice Skate, Fat Tire Snow Bike, and Snowshoe rentals at the Park at Water's Edge
Edge Adventure Course, 4pm-10pm
Horse-Drawn Surrey Rides, 6pm-10pm
Moonlight Snowshoe Hike*, 7pm
•Outdoor Laser Tag* 8pm,8:45pm and 9:30pm

Kids can stop by the Park at Water's Edge for FREE face painting and a fun Heart Search for candy!
*Reservations required. Call the Park at Water's Edge, 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.

Celebrate your love with limited time spa services and special – great for you or your valentine!


Tranquil Couples Massage Cost: $178 per couple
Enhance your Couples Massage with our Infinitely Loving Package for only $29 per guest: Your massages will be enhanced with our popular Glove Exfoliation Treatment, including His & Hers exfoliation gloves to take home. Following your massage, enjoy a 20-minute Chinese Jasmine infused private bath for two complete with a glass of champagne & gourmet Belgium chocolate. Available: February 1-13, 2015. Not valid Tuesdays or Saturdays.

Reserve your spa appointment today by calling (844) 260-3673. Infinitely Loving Package is not available as a stand-alone service. It is only available when booked for 2 guests in combination with a Couples Massage. A 16% adjustable gratuity and 2% service charge will be added to all spa services. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts.

Valentine's Gift Certificate Special

Now through Valentine's Day (Feb 14, 2015), purchase a Crystal Spa Gift Certificate for a 50-minute Tranquil Massage, Espresso Mud Body Scrub or Pure Results Facial for only $99. Or, purchase an 80-minute Gift Certificate for a Tranquil Massage or Pure Results Facial for only $139. Includes gratuity. Gift Certificate is valid for one year from date of purchase. Gift certificate includes 16% gratuity and 2% service charge. Excludes: 12/25/15 – 1/2/16. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts.

Enjoy a tasty Valentine’s meal when you order off the Special Valentine’s Day Menu at Thistle Pub & Grill! Menu is available Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, February 15.


STARTERS

Prince Edward Island Mussels | sautéed with shallots, tomatoes, and garlic, finished with sherry and fresh basil, garlic butter crostini
Korean Tacos | crisp bao bun, slow-roasted pork, cucumber cilantro slaw, aioli

BIG PLATES

Grilled Beef Tenderloin* | marbled mashed potatoes, whipped Gorgonzola butter, haystack onion
Duck Breast* | seared with crispy skin, truffled forbidden rice, apricot cilantro jam
Market Fish | locally raised barramundi baked with fresh herbs and preserved lemon, bulgur salad

DESSERTS

Chocolate Fondue | creamy dark chocolate flambéed tableside with fresh strawberries, caramel coffee cake bites, and brownies
Dual Sorbet | house-made strawberry ginger and fresh kiwi

How to Make a Quick(er) Buck
Keirsun Scott - Thursday, July 25, 2013

Following our last update, construction continues on our new Buck Quad chairlift, which will be operational for the 2013/14 winter season.

This week Team Elmer's was busy pouring the concrete for both our lower and upper lift terminals. Here's the team working at the top of the mountain.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

The majority of Buck slope's re-sculpting has been completed. Looking down the lift line, it's easy to see how much the slope has been widened. Buck is about to become my favorite northern Michigan black diamond run all over again.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

Team Elmer's used their Pump Truck to deliver concrete to the pre-built, lift terminal forms.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

The concrete has now set up and the forms have been removed to reveal the foundations for the lift terminals.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction

The Buck Glades have been cut skier's right of the expanded slope. The new gladed run will drop skiers and riders onto Hoot Owl slope, which leads to the base of Buck slope.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

Next on our to-do list: pouring concrete for the foundations of our new snow guns that will be placed beneath each lift tower.

Buck Construction

Winter's Cure for the Curse of the New Guy
Keirsun Scott - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

"I'm NOT cursed!"

These were the first words out of my mouth when waking up to another foot of fresh snow on a February morning this past winter. Let me explain the source of my defunct despair.

I started working at Crystal Mountain in the fall of 2011 and the winter of 2011/12 was my first winter at the resort. As you may remember, that winter was SNOW-STARVED. Benzie County, Michigan officially recorded 69 inches of snow in 2011/12, the lowest recorded snowfall since the winter of 1973/74 when we saw a meager 33.5 inches.*

Needless to say, that first winter I developed a case of new-guy-with-no-snow syndrome. People would joke that I shouldn't worry about the weather; that it's really not my fault. But every now and then I would catch a colleague throwing a low glare my way. I imagined they were about to suddenly point at me and shout out, "He brought this plague upon us!"

Snow is a precious commodity at a ski resort. Needless to say, my timing was not good.

But the winter of 2012/13 turned the short trend on edge. More than 150 inches of snow blanketed our mountain! Skiers and riders celebrated with waist-deep powder turns. Cross-country skinny-skiers shared tales of "perfect" trail conditions. Dog sleds careened through overgrown jungles of white. Kids cooped up in their parents mini-vans for the drive north, sprinted from their seats to race up the seemingly sky-high piles built by our road plows while battling blizzards. Snow lovers of all sizes rejoiced.

While looking at our snowfall totals for the last 20 years, it was only an average winter. Regardless, 12+ feet of natural snow is the kind of winter that puts perma-smiles on the lips of Midwestern powder hounds.

Part of my occupation here at Crystal is to take photos of what's happening at the resort. With the following photos, which were all posted to our Crystal Mountain Facebook page this past winter, I intend to put an end to the Curse of the New Guy.

December 10, 2012 - Great snow making temps for a solid week. sunrise snowmaking

December 21 - Winter Storm Draco dumps 14 inches. Winter Storm Draco
Winter Storm Draco

January 3, 2013 - Snowmobiling on excellent trail conditions with our partner Crystal Adventures. Michigan Snowmobiling

January 10 - Skiing with 102-year-old Lou Batori, the oldest NASTAR racer ever, was the experience of a lifetime. Lou is my hero and a true inspiration. Lou Batori
Lou Batori

January 24 - 9+ inches of lake effect powder. Snowboarding in Michigan Powder

February 1 - Snow circles are unbreakable. Snowboarding Circle

February 19 - Whiteout. Michigan Snow Whiteout

February 20 - Falling for another foot of freshies. Snowy Wipeout

February 27 - Night skiing after a week of constant snowfall. Loki Quad

March 1 - Snow was piled as high as our trail map near the lift ticket windows. Crystal Mountain Snow

March 13 - Snow madness marches on. Michigan Skier

March 19 - 18+ inches of cold smoke. This Tuesday in March dropped on us the greatest conditions of the entire winter and the first face shots I've ever experienced in Michigan. What a day! Michigan Powder Skiing
Michigan Powder Skiing

April 5 - Even the fishermen couldn't resist the slopes this winter. Skiing Fisherman

April 7 - Closing day. The best part is, winter will be here again before we know it! Michigan Snowboarder

*Source: Benzie County Road Commission


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