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THOMPSONVILLE, MI - This winter Crystal Mountain increases its number of downhill slopes to an even 50, clicks off a few more miles of fat tire bike trails and partners with Burton to launch a Learn-to-Ride Center. Whether it's two wheels or snowshoes, skis or a snowboard there's a little something new for everyone at Crystal Mountain this winter.

NEW! Two New Slopes -- Crystal Mountain's slope count will increase to 50 this winter with the addition of Last Call and Jester's Alley. Last Call is a glades run that begins on North Face and meanders toward the front-side slopes. Crews completing a snowmaking upgrade on Main Street and Giggles are also creating a new dedicated beginner terrain park named Jester's Alley.

NEW! Partnership with Burton Snowboards --If you rent a board at Crystal Mountain this winter it will likely be from industry leader and legend Jake Burton. The resort has swapped out nearly its entire fleet of rental boards with those from Burton but that's only the beginning of this partnership.

NEW! Burton Learn-to-Ride Center -- Crystal Mountain will be one of only six resorts in the Midwest designated as a Burton Learn-to-Ride Center. These group lessons offer small student-to-teacher ratios with personal attention and combine it with the latest Burton snowboards, boots and bindings specifically designed to help riders' progress. The new fleet of boards from Burton feature beveled bases for easy steering and stopping that build confidence to assist riders' advance their skills.

NEW! Burton Riglet Park & Terrain Based Learning -- Young, aspiring snowboarders will get a positive introduction to the sport within the new Burton Riglet Park (open weekends). This is flatland training in which students are pulled by an instructor using a Riglet Reel to build confidence and provide a feel for what it means to ride different features. Within Totem Park Learning Area and on select runs like Kaye Blue (intermediate run), Crystal Mountain's grooming crews will maintain Terrain Based Learning features including gentle rollers and banks that naturally help beginners more easily control speed and engage turns.

NEW! Tank Line in Tuck's Terrain Park -- Crystal's terrain park design philosophy of lower and longer features will be most noticeable in Tuck's this winter on the Tank Line. These modified and repurposed propane tanks will welcome new riders while challenging experienced boarders and freestyle skiers to hit every feature in one clean, continuous line.

NEW! More Fat Tire Bike Trails -- Fat Tire Biking is one of the fastest growing and most popular off-slope activities at the resort. Five 2014 Fuji Wendigo bikes have been added to the rental fleet. Crystal will also open an additional three miles of groomed trails as well as some single tracks exclusive to fat bikes. As a result of the trail expansion, the Einstein Cycles Fat Chance Race (January 4) will be run on a new nine mile loop.

NEW! Exclusive Snowshoe Trails in Michigan Legacy Art Park -- Michigan Legacy Art Park will dedicate most of its trails to snowshoeing this winter. Over a mile of trail offers the chance to view and contemplate 47 outdoor sculptures but blazing a path through the deep snow that collects on these rolling hills is what provides a true snowshoe experience. While most of Art Park will be exclusive to snowshoers, a portion of Flying Squirrel will continue to allow access to cross-country skiers.

NEW! Adding Some Edge to the Winter Adventure -- Thousands tested themselves on the rickety bridge, swings, Burma bridge and zip line of Crystal Mountain's new ropes course this summer. Elements provided by Old Man Winter will add a new challenge on the Edge Adventure Course, two stories above the Park at Water's Edge. Open Saturdays, holidays and available to reserve for private groups.

NEW! A couple more perks for passholders -- Those purchasing a 2014/15 Crystal Mountain Season Pass can receive a 20% discount on lodging and lift tickets at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah (plus $50 dining certificate) and free skiing or snowboarding at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming when booking a stay of two nights or more.


Provided the weather cooperates, Crystal Mountain targets November 27 (Thanksgiving Day) to open the slopes. Once the resort ramps up to regular season hours (visit the Snow Report at www.crystalmountain.com/snow for updates) chairlifts will be open daily with night-skiing available Wednesday through Sunday and all week during the December (December 22-January 4) and February (February16-22) breaks. Info: www.crystalmountain.com



BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (September 9, 2014) - BOYNE’s last two seasons have offered enthusiasts over five months of skiing and snowboarding, and hopes are high for the 2014/15 season to be a threepeat. Never leaving winter to chance, BOYNE consistently invests to ensure maximum efficiency in snowmaking and also delivers a slew of new offerings. This winter, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain have installed state-of-the-art snowmaking control systems that streamline management of each resort’s colossal snowmaking fleet. And that’s just the start of what’s new.

For the 2014/15 season, Boyne Highlands has also undergone facility renovations and is expanding lift hours on the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts, adding lanes to the Tubing Park and features to the Burton Riglet Park, adding lighting on the NASTAR course, offering improved Nordic grooming, introducing showshoeing expeditions, adding rental equipment, and boasting a new menu of culinary delights and beer and wine events.

At Boyne Mountain, the 2014/15 season also brings two new ziplines, concessions at the Tubing Park, lively après ski parties, new Junior pricing and online ticket sales at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, expanded lift hours on Disciples II, improved lighting on McLouth, new features in the Burton Riglet Park and new Nordic signage, plus more rental equipment.

More on What’s New at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan

Resort Renovations: Boyne Highlands Resort has undergone numerous renovations including two newly remodeled pools for resort lodging guests at The Bartley House hotel and Heather Highlands Inn condo-hotel. The resort has also renovated meeting space for group functions in the Main Lodge with updated lighting, new carpet, and fresh paint, and has a refreshed hotel lobby.

On The Slopes: This winter, skiers and snowboarders can get even more time in on some favorite terrain as the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts are expanding to daily operations. The Tubing Park will offer more excitement with an expansion from two side-by-side lanes to six individual lanes thanks to a new tube lane cutter. The resort’s Burton Riglet Park, specially designed for 3-6 year olds, is being enhanced with new features and moving to the Camelot beginner slope. Additional lighting on the NASTAR course will make maneuvering turns even easier, and for park enthusiasts, Boyne Highlands continues to offer the only 13-foot Halfpipe in Michigan.

On The Trails: Boyne Highlands has purchased a new cross country tracker for more efficient grooming and tracking of the resort’s 35 km of trails. For a twist on the trails, snow bikes were introduced last season, and will continue to be available this winter on exclusively tracked trails. New this winter, six enchanted snowshoe expeditions are planned, each followed by a gourmet dinner. Snowshoe event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com.

New Rental Equipment: Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 200 sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.

Culinary Delights: Fueling up is part of the joy of a day on the slopes. New, and not just for kids, is a Macaroni and Cheese Bar with all the fixings. Let your mind run wild creating your own bowl of deliciousness with more than 20 topping options. Cap off your meal with a visit to the sweet and savory Crepe Station. Both new offerings are available in the resort’s cafeteria. To quench your thirst, Boyne Highlands is hosting tap takeovers with Michigan breweries every other Friday in the Slopeside Lounge beginning on Jan. 2, 2015. Also on Fridays are Vintner Nights in the Main Dining Room where winery representatives talk wines from around the world. On Tuesdays, the Slopeside Lounge is offering hand-rolled sushi.

More on What’s New at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan

The Fun Never Ends: Boyne Mountain is raising the fun barometer even higher this season. The resort’s Zipline Adventure Tour is being expanded to include two new ziplines that will bridge the gap between current lines 8 and 10 with a tree canopy feature in the middle. Zipliners will also see new and exciting winter attractions along the walking trail between lines. Boyne Mountain’s popular Tubing Park is offering food and beverage concessions this winter. The Tubing Park offers six downhill lanes and has a rope tow for convenient up-hill access. One- and two-hour, and full day passes are available and tubing is open to adults and children ages 5 and up. Lively après ski parties in the Snowflake Lounge are scheduled each Saturday, 4-7 p.m., beginning Dec. 27, 2014. Parties feature the always-entertaining David Cisco, as well as drink specials and the resort’s exclusive Everett’s IPA on draft, brewed solely for Boyne Mountain Resort by Petoskey Brewing Co. Continuing this winter, kids can also get in on the après ski action with their own parties in Stein Eriksen’s with music, dancing, kiddie cocktails, and more.

Avalanche Bay Makes Big Splash Online and with Juniors: Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark has introduced new Junior pricing for ages 3 to 10. Children ages two and under still receive free access with a ticketed adult. Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark is also launching a new website this fall that will feature the option to purchase admission passes online. Guests procuring online passes will expedite their purchasing process with an easy email confirmation guaranteeing access on peak dates and providing maximum family fun.

Lifts, Slopes, and Trails: Those who love the Disciples area’s green and blue rollers, snow-covered trees, and sneaky stashes, will have even more access with expanded lift hours on the Disciples II chairlift set to run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glade clearing has continued in this region of the slopes, which accounts for approximately 30% of Boyne Mountain’s total 415 skiable acres.

Night skiers and riders will notice improved lighting on McLouth, and the youngest boarders will find new feature enhancements to the resort’s Burton Riglet Park designed for youngsters ages 3 to 6.

This winter also brings improved Nordic trail signage throughout the trail network as well as widened trails maintained by full size groomers for better consistency and quality of Boyne Mountain’s 35 km of cross country trails.

New Rental Equipment: Providing the latest in rental equipment, Boyne Mountain has also added 200 new sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.

The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, located 27 miles apart, offering Lower Michigan’s highest vertical and longest runs. Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in Michigan. Early purchase discounts on season passes are available through October 13, 2014. Valuable preseason rates for Ski & Stay packages with breakfast are available now and for a limited time at Boyne Highlands and at Boyne Mountain. When staying on a package, Juniors ages 9-15, receive reduced rates and kids ages 8 and under sleep, ski/ride, and eat breakfast for free! For reservations, visit www.boynehighlands.com, www.boynemountain.com or call 800.462.6963.



(August 21, 2014) BELLAIRE, MI – Shanty Creek is unveiling several big changes for the coming ski season, all are expected to improve operations and guest satisfaction while adding value to each of its three villages across the 4,500-acre resort property.

“We will solve several key issues by taking advantage of recently acquired space at the ski-in/ski-out Lodge at Cedar River, located on the north face of Schuss Mountain,” says Chris Hale, Vice President for Shanty Creek, “We will offer guests better facilities, better service, and a better overall experience that will extend to each of our three villages at Shanty Creek.”

From ski rentals and ski school to dining, the alpine tubing park, fat-tire biking, and more, the changes at Shanty Creek this season will be big.

  • Ski Rentals. The Rental Shop will now be located on the lower level of the Lodge at Cedar River. This will provide guests with a more streamlined experience, ample day lockers and restrooms, and ski-in/ski-out access to the Purple and Red Lifts and all of Schuss Mountain.
  • Ski School. Ski school registration and lessons will be located at Cedar River. The registration area will be adjacent to ski rentals on the lower level of the Lodge.
  • New Beginner Area. A new beginner ski area will be located the Cedar River Village where the Alpine Tubing Park had been in previous years. A new 400-foot magic carpet will allow beginners to either stay in the beginner area or access the rest of Schuss’ slopes when they’re ready.
  • New Multi-Purpose Trail. A new multi-purpose ski trail will be designed and maintained specifically for non-cross country skiing activities like snow shoeing, dog walking, and fat-tire biking. The trail head will be located near the Lodge at Cedar River.
  • Tubing. The Alpine Tubing Park will move to the top of Summit Mountain behind The Lakeview Hotel at the resort’s Summit Village. Improving the experience, instead of handle tows as in years past, guests will now enjoy magic carpet access back to the top.
  • Day Lodge. The Snow Sports building at the base of the Yellow Chair Lift, where rentals and ski school had been previously, is being transformed into a new day lodge complete with seasonal lockers, day lockers, plus tables and vending machines for guests who choose to bring their own meals and snacks.
  • Dining at Cedar River. The River Bistro, a new 12,000 sq ft restaurant and bar in The Lodge at Cedar River features full-service dining in a casual atmosphere. Its fireplace, outdoor patio, and 48-foot bar offer guests ample space to relax. Featuring regional and international beers, fresh-fruit cocktails, and pub games like pool, darts, foosball and more.
  • Dining at Schuss Village. With the changes being made to create a new Day Lodge for guests who bring their own snacks and meals, Ivan’s Mountainside Grill service will improve for its patrons.
  • Day Care. Now located inside the Lodge at Cedar River.
  • Parking and Egress. Parking will be expanded on Cedar River’s upper parking lot, and a new bridge to allow guests parking on the northwest side to access a new, closer lodge entrance into the lobby level.
  • Signage. Guests can expect increased signage throughout the resort’s 4,500 acres to help with way finding for these changes and more.
  • Immortalized. One of the runs on the Red Lift, formerly known as “Legend,” is being renamed “Brent’s Paradise” after Brent Nelson, the great vice president who passed away in 2012. During his tenure, Brent helped build The Legend Golf Course, open up the then-newly-developed Red Lift on Schuss Mountain, and much more.

“While change can be challenging, the quantity and quality of these changes will impact the entire winter experience at Shanty Creek” notes Steve Kershner, Director of Ski and Snow Sports, “Both inside and out, [Shanty Creek] will provide more of what our guests have been asking for, thereby increasing guest satisfaction, and that is always our number one goal.”

All of these changes are expected to be complete by opening day of the 2014/15 ski season. For more information, visit www.shantycreek.com/bigchanges.



All of us know how easy it is to get separated from companions at a ski resort. There's also the possibility of disaster just driving to and from a ski resort. That's why it's a good idea to have emergency contact information at the ready. Every minute a ski patroller or first responder saves is a better chance for a good outcome for you.

Every skier should know about and utilize ICE – In Case of Emergency. It’s an internationally recognized program which “enables first responders, such as police, fire and paramedics to identify victims and enable contact with next of kin, guardians or other entrusted persons to obtain important medical information or make emergency notifications. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone contacts list under the name ICE.” www.ems-options.com If you don’t have this information readily available to the responders, they have to search for medic alert jewelry, use visual clues and vital signs, or rely on witness descriptions to make treatment decisions. First responders know to look in a person’s contact list for the ICE listing, so it’s to your advantage to put as much information under your listing as possible.

However, if you have an iPhone there’s a more full-featured application (app) you can put on your phone. The app is called “smart-ICE” and there are free and paid versions. I downloaded the free smart-ICE app and it allowed me to enter emergency contacts, information about my regular doctors, the medications I use, my allergies, special instructions, and even my picture. The app also has a 911 button which I can push to call the nearest 911 operator (regardless of where I am) and then emits an alert noise so responders can locate me. EMS-Options.com recommends that “you place the smart-ICE Icon in the upper left-hand corner of the main page.” For more information about ICE, the Ice4Safety.com website has a wealth of additional information, including free kits and wallet cards you can print out or order. 




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