18-Dec-2013

Buck Chairlift Dedication Ceremony & Celebration Opens the Holidays at Crystal Mountain


The resorts original and most popular slope headlines 5 for $50 Friday festivities.


THOMPSONVILLE, MICHIGAN - Countless hours of work since last spring and an abundance of snow over the last month will culminate in a celebration on Friday, December 20 (3-7pm) as Crystal Mountain officially dedicates the new Buck Quad Chairlift.

The ceremony will begin at the base of Buck at 3pm kicking off one of the most exciting times of the year as skiers and boarders take to the slopes for the holiday break. Lift tickets are 5 for $50 on Friday with a celebration featuring music, food and drink specials as well as prizes at Kinlochen Plaza near the new lift.

Thanks to some ingenuity from the founders, a simple tow rope transported the first skiers to the top of Buck in 1956 (photo available). Some of the very same people who were there that day will be on hand as Crystal breaks the banner (3pm) on a new Skytrac Quad, similar to the Loki Quad installed two years ago. The new Buck Quads capacity will allow skiers and snowboarders quicker access to the top where three new runs (Buckaroo, Buck Glades and Gorge Glades) await. The original Buck run has also been recontoured as part of this project.

The new chairlift as well as expansion and improvements to the slopes are only part of the $4 million investment the resort has made over the last year. Crystal has added snowmaking infrastructure and a PistenBully Winch Cat to its fleet, both of which were integral to the quickest winter start in the resorts history. Added seating in the slopeside Clipper Cafe and a remodeled Wild Tomato Restaurant also represent significant commitments that provide an enhanced experience for the thousands of guests that visit the resort each year.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf, and award-winning spa. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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