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When it comes to skiing, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!

February 13, 2018

THOMPSONVILLE, MI – Mother Nature and Old Man Winter often conspire to fool the masses each March by greening up backyards south of highway-10 when it’s actually a great time to be on the snow up north. Crystal Mountain celebrates sun and snow with special events, food, drink and music on-hill each Saturday.

For a second straight year, the big top will go up, bands take the stage and hilarity ensues with fun mountain events planned for each themed weekend:

Mardi Gras on the Mountain, March 2-3

Executive Chef, Bryant Betts began his career in the French Quarter so the Cajun cuisine paired with activities like the costume contest and rail jam (3pm) and a regular Fais do-do (Cajun for dance party – 12-5pm) means the good times will certainly roll.

Spring Carnival beginning with 5 for $50 Friday, March 9-10

Friday is 5 for $50 Friday – groups of five ski and ride for $10 each – with a Cardboard Sled Building Workshop at 6pm. Before Drew Hale ( takes the stage on Saturday from 6-9pm, cardboard, duct tape and a dream will power people downhill in the Cardboard Classic and thrill onlookers flanking the course. Spring Carnival also includes the Slush Cup (2pm).

Celts & Kayaks, March 16-17

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year and welcomes Brena ( to the stage from 6-9pm. There will be plenty of Irish fare, dancers and green beer to go around but before getting too swept away in the celebration kayaks will race down the mountain (11am) and the Slush Cup (2pm) pool will be dyed green for a second weekend of fun.

Retro Weekend featuring the Mjolnir Challenge Mountain Race, March 23-24

Crystal Mountain is going retro, all the way back to the Nordic Gods with the Mjolnir Challenge (Saturday, March 24 - 11am)  featuring the Thunder Run climbing Thor (black diamond trail) and a more Devious Dash up Loki (black diamond run) with a few obstacles thrown in along the way. The day of retro clothes and music is capped off with food, drink and a Karoke contest from 5-8pm.

Easter Eggstravaganza, March 30-April 1

Crystal Mountain rounds out the season with one last weekend of skiing and riding and its traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 (10am sharp) as well as an Easter Buffet on Sunday, April 1 (11am-4pm - Reservations required. Call 888.581.9891).

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 resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings and a conference center. NEW in 2018, an $11 million, 31,200 square-foot expansion to the Inn at the Mountain featuring 25 hotel suites, Mountain Market, Bru Bar (coffee, wine, beer and cocktails) and a rooftop terrace overlooking the slopes and surrounding village.




Brian Lawson, 231.378.2057

Dee Dee Lentz, 231.378.2056


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