Crystal Mountain to open all 48 slopes on Friday

An enthusiastic Mother Nature helps the resort to its best winter start on record.

Thompsonville, Michigan - Crystal Mountain will have 100 percent of its terrain open earlier than any season in its nearly 60-year history thanks to above-average snowfall and ideal temperatures for around-the-clock snowmaking.

The entire mountain will be available to skiers and snowboarders beginning Friday, December 13, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2005. Plus, snowmakers had three more slopes to prepare this year with the addition of Buckaroo, Buck Glades and Gorge Glades - runs serviced by the NEW Buck Quad Chairlift which is set for a Dedication Ceremony at 3pm on December 20. Crystal Mountain officially opened for skiing and boarding on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, all 48 slopes will be available including the North Face and Ridge slopes.

“Everyone has had a skip in their step for the last month and it’s exciting to see so many people enjoying the snow so early,” said Chris MacInnes, Crystal Mountain Chief Operating Officer. “Even better, it gives our snow crews more time to sculpt the slopes so that conditions are finely tuned as people visit for holiday break.”

All three of Crystal's terrain parks will be open on Friday with features being added throughout the week (check Snow Report for updates). Early season rates will apply with lift tickets (Open-Close: 9am-9pm) $40 for juniors (7-12), $45 for teens (13-17) and $50 for adults with Day, Flex or Night tickets starting from $20. Kids 6 and under ski or board FREE. Day rental for skis or snowboards range from $22 for children to $38 for adults, with four-hour and night rental available from $12 for children to $30 for adults.

More details about the December 20 Buck Quad Dedication Ceremony, party and 5 for $50 lift ticket discounts will available in an upcoming news release.

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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