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Bypass shipping delays and low inventory by shopping at Crystal Mountain

October 26, 2021

THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. (October 26, 2021) – The holidays are less than two months away and with the serious back-up of cargo ships at U.S. ports, many shoppers could experience shipping delays. However, depending on what you’re looking for, you may be able to avoid the lack of inventory and late deliveries by heading over to Crystal Mountain.

“As of right now we aren’t experiencing any lack of inventory of hard goods at Mountain Sports,” Jim Riley, manager of Mountain Sports, said. “We have skis, boots, cold weather gear, shoes and a lot of youth clothing.”

Riley said he anticipated the current backlog which is why he placed a large order several months ago. Crystal Mountain is a dealer and premier partner of Atomic sports equipment.

While Mountain Sports is full of brand new hard goods, those looking to sell or buy gently used equipment can take advantage of the Annual Ski Swap happening this Saturday at Crystal Mountain. Ski Swap will be held in the lower level of the Crystal Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds benefit three local high school ski teams and Crystal Community Ski Club.

“With many ski swap events canceled last year, we’re anticipating a lot of people will come out to both sell and buy equipment,” Megan Farfsing, tickets and rental manager, said. “Between the vendors and community members, we’ll have hundreds of pairs of skis ranging from standard downhill to high-end racing skis, plus boots, helmets and goggles.”

Equipment for sale can be dropped off in the lower level of the Crystal Center between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, or between 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday. Any equipment that is not sold must be picked up Saturday between 4 p.m.-5 p.m. or Sunday between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Items left behind will be donated to area non-profit organizations.

As Kinlochen Pro Shop transitions from golf to cross country skiing, XC Ski Director Greg Babinec is looking forward to taking inventory on new equipment, as well as some items left over from 2020.

“Our rental fleet is fully stocked,” Babinec said. “Cross country skiing will start whenever we get enough natural snowfall to start grooming trails, and we should be ready for that by Thanksgiving.” 

For retail hours at Mountain Sports, Crystal Spa, Peak Boutique, Mountain Market and Kinlochen Pro Shop check out This Week At Crystal.

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About Crystal Mountain:
Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Peak Fitness, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings, a conference center, and real estate options. Visit for more resort details or information about Four Seasons Club memberships.
Crystal Mountain Media Contact:
Brittney Buti
Manager of Public Relations
Cell: 269.845.1352


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