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A little something for everyone- From beginners to experts, resort offers variety of winter enjoyment

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Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Nestled among the forests and rolling terrain of the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula near the Lake Michigan shoreline, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa has been one of Michigan’s best winter destinations for nearly 60 years. Located 28 miles southwest ofTraverse City,CrystalMountainwas recognized by SKI Magazine in 2005 as the No. 1 Resort in theMidwestand was among Parents Magazine’s list of 10 Best Snow Resorts for Families in 2009.

Established in 1956, this family-owned, four-season resort features 45 slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding, and more than 40 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Among the downhill runs are two terrain parks for snowboarders and freestyle skiers. New this winter is a boarder-cross/skier-cross course featuring side-by-side racing with banked turns, hairpins and rollers.

Michigan Legacy Art Park is a one-of-a-kind cross-country skiing and snow shoeing experience featuring 40 sculptures along the trails of a 30-acre wooded preserve. Each work of art celebratesMichigan’s culture and history. Overnight guests receive unlimited access to the Art Park as well as a cross-country trail pass for the length of their stay. Beginners should consider visiting during Winter Trail Days, during Jan. 8-9, when free lessons and rental were offered.

January is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, reminding everyone that, “Humans were not meant to hibernate.” Crystal has group and private lessons for every ability level starting at age 3. Totem Park, a 1-acre learning area featuring two Magic Carpet lifts, is a perfect venue to teach children and adults who are just getting started in the sport or learning a new discipline like snowboarding.

Adventure Cubs, ages 3-6, and Crystal Kids, ages 7-12, have been the premier children’s programs for many years. A group ofCrystal’s top instructors, certified by the PSIA/AASI and trained in childcare, arrive at your door. They then take up to three children through the rental process and to the slopes for a full day of instruction and fun on the slopes and even lunch.

While skiing and snowboarding is certainly a popular winter pastime, there are plenty of activities away from the slopes atCrystalas well. Dog sledding is among the most popular off-slope winter activities, and Crystal partners with the local kennel to offer 30-minute excursions through a system of wooded, snow-swept trails. In addition, moonlight snowshoe tours, ice skating, bonfires, puppet workshops, horse-drawn surrey rides and the Snowman Search are just a few of the other activities anyone can enjoy, even those who do not ski.

CrystalMountainis also home to the award-winning Crystal Spa, which was rated the No. 1 Hotel and Resort Spa in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic andMidwestby the readers of Spa Magazine. It also holds the distinction of being theMidwest’s only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified spa facility, earning additional international accolades as one of SpaFinder’s 10 Best Spas for Environmental Practices. This 18,500-square-foot oasis features 12 treatment rooms, private locker rooms each with an infrared sauna and eucalyptus infused steam room, meditation lounge, outdoor meditation garden with hot tub, manicure and pedicure salon, as well as an indoor pool and fitness center.

Crystal Mountain offers ski packages, per night and spa packages, per adult, per night. If you want the best of both worlds, the Ski & Spa package per night is perfect. For more information or to book a reservation, call 800-968-7686, ext. 5100, or visit www.crystalmountain.com.


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