12-Mar-2013

"Retired, Not Tired"


Crystal Offers Classes for Seasoned Skiers Returning to the Slopes


THOMPSONVILLE, MICH – A few miles on the ol’ body-odometer is no reason to keep those skis buried in the garage. Crystal Mountain’s Snow Sports School is now offering specialized classes for senior skiers and snowboarders who have been away from the sport for a while or, perhaps, are just starting out.

“What we have achieved is a reminder to people that they don’t need to act their age,” said Ron Shepard, Crystal Mountain’s Snow Sports Manager. “Having a good time skiing and snowboarding isn’t something that is reserved for the under-60 set. These are activities you can do your entire life.”

Crystal Mountain’s new “Retired, Not Tired” program confronts the stereotypes of skiing and snowboarding; pairing seasoned instructors with smaller age appropriate groups. The lesson component introduces the benefits of equipment & technique advances, while the sense of community that arises within the group keeps the atmosphere encouraging, challenging, and social. Participants ski for a few hours, and then gather for a casual lunch in the resort cafeteria. One couple, the Millers of Leelanau County, commented: “We have been remarking for years that we wanted to return to skiing, and this was exactly the motivation we needed!”

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort with one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, Spa Magazine’s Best Midwest Spas three years running, named among the inaugural Detroit Free Press 16 Green Leaders in Michigan and recognized as one of Condé Nast Travelers 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America (2011) . 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, golf, alpine slide, water playground, lodging, dining, countless year-round outdoor activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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