Let the good times roll at Crystal Mountain this Mardi Gras Weekend!

$10 Off Lift Tickets

Dress in your favorite purple, green and gold! Skiers and boarders in FULL COSTUME receive $10 OFF an open-to-close (9am-to-9pm) lift ticket. Valid Saturday, March 7, 2015 only. Discount only available at ticket window.

12-4pm: DJ Deck Party and Slopeside BBQ

Located slopeside next to the Lodge.

12-4pm: Beads, Beads & More Beads!

Houseguests receive their first set of beads at our Front Desk, located at the Inn at the Mountain, upon check-in. Pick up another set at the Lift Tickets & Rental counter. Participants will be awarded additional beads for Deck Party Games and Stylin’-on-the-Slopes Costume Contest. Search for more beads on and around the mountain in the Bead Scavenger Hunt! Keep your eye out, beads are everywhere! Additional beads available for purchase at the Mardi Gras Tent (located at the base of the Crystal Clipper) from 12-4pm, while supplies last.

1-4pm: Mardi Gras Face Painting

Get in the spirit of Mardi Gras with Face Painting for all ages. Held at the Mardi Gras Tent, located at the base of the Crystal Clipper.

3pm: Stylin’-On-The-Slopes Costume Contest

Strut your creative Mardi Gras purple, gold and green costumes on the slopes and receive beads! Then join in the costume parade on Cheers at 3pm. Participants receive beads for creativity and enthusiasm. Top adult male and female contestants will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain and each will win a 2015/16 Premier Season Pass!

Cajun Style Specials

Swing into the Wild Tomato or Thistle Pub & Grille for a Cajun-Style dinner. King cakes will be available for dessert at the Thistle Pub & Grille!

8pm: Mardi Gras Party - Vista Lounge

2-5pm: Hot Traxx DJ
8pm-Midnight: Ron Getz Trio

Enjoy drink specials from Miller Light. Wear your Mardi Gras costume and receive $1 off your drinks!

Schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 888.968.7686, ext. 7000 or stop by the Park at Water’s Edge.

Lodging at Crystal Mountain

Stay Mardi Gras weekend with us and enjoy all the mountain has to offer. Find a lodging package that best suits your needs or explore our lodging accommodations to find the perfect place for you to call home during your stay.


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Get ready for a fun filled Saturday with events and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Schedule of Events

11am: Cardboard Classic*
2pm: Kayak on Snow Race*
4pm: Slush Cup*
8pm: Live Entertainment featuring DJ CDX! Ages 21+ only.

*Register for these event at the slopeside tent. Advanced registration required at least 30 minutes prior to each event.

For more information, call the Park at Water’s edge, 888-968-7686 ext. 7000.

9th Annual Teddy Knape Film Festival

Attendees can enjoy past film festival favorites and load up on swag during the annual raffle taking place throughout the day. Proceeds benefit the Teddy Knape Foundation, which distributes funds to various adaptive sports organizations.

Steam off the Slush Spa Special

Warm up at Crystal Spa! Guests can enjoy day access to Crystal Spa, including Peak Pool and Fitness Center for only $15.

Available March 14-15, 2015.

Guests must be ages 18 or older. A 16% adjustable gratuity and 2% service charge will be added to all spa services. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts.


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Crystal Mountain is proud to host the 9th Annual Teddy Knape Film Festival. The weekend will feature entertainment, prizes and raffles leading up to the Teddy Knape Film Festival.

Friday - March 13, 2015

Warm-Up Party: Kick off the Film Festival at the Vista Lounge from 7-9pm. Enjoy drinks, raffles and live entertainment.

Saturday - March 14, 2015

Teddy Knape Film Festival: Attendees can enjoy past film festival favorites and load up on swag during the annual raffle taking place throughout the day. Proceeds benefit the Teddy Knape Foundation, which distributes funds to various adaptive sports organizations.

Wrap Party: Wrap up the Teddy Knape Film Festival at the Crystal Center from 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy pizza, snacks and drinks for $10 per person. Children 8 and under are free. Enter to win one of the many door prizes that are up for grabs!

For Rules and Submission details, please visit teddyknapefilmfest.org

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The Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Benzie County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Betsie River Campsite, Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar and State Savings Bank will bring you the Annual Fall Festival celebration in Frankfort on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 AM with the Fall Festival Parade featuring The Scottville Clown Band and entertaining Mutt March, GIANT pumpkins and local built floats. They are still accepting participants in their Parade and Mutt March. Applications can be picked up at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber Office, on their website at www.frankfort-elberta.com or just show up prior to the parade on October 11(at beach turnaround) to enter either activity! Pick up your 2014 Fall Festival Souvenir T-Shirts at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce booth the day of the festival or at the Chamber office 517 Main St. Frankfort.

Directly following the parade, a host of activities will take place in the Open Space Park. Live Music featuring The Scottville Clown Band will perform under the Big Tent! Watch in awe as giant pumpkins and squash get weighed-in. There will be cash prizes awarded for several weight categories. Kids under 16 years of age can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin and have the opportunity to win a brand new BIKE!

Starting at noon, the Masters of Mayhem will be back with their incredible metal trebuchet to launch pumpkins into Betsie Bay, Face Painting, Free Wagon Rides through downtown Frankfort. First Congregational Church will host their Cake Walk at 1pm

Back by popular demand Under the big tent: Silent Auction 12p-2pm, Pie Eating Contest (Register at 1:00pm – contest begins at 1:30pm) – and Pumpkin Baking Contest (at noon judging at 1:00pm). All of these activities are located in the Open Space.

A wide variety of activities will be available from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm including Pumpkin Decorating, “Hillbilly Olimpiks”-the silly-themed obstacle course, the popular Kid’s Games and a Mystical Straw Maze will be all set up in Open Space Park for all to enjoy. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt to win cash prizes. The Garden Theater will again host FREE showings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm. Watch as a 900+ lb. pumpkin drops from high in the sky onto a vehicle! For the right price, even you could get a chance to pull the rope that makes it happen!

If you need more information, please stop into the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce Office at 517 Main Street, Frankfort, email or call 231-352-7251 or email fcofc@frankfort-elberta.com

For more information visit the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Saturday - November 29, 2014

Join us on the front lawn of the Lodge as we celebrate in the first light of the season.

Enjoy roasting marshmallows around the roaring bonfire, complimentary hot chocolate and Live traditional Holiday Carols.

Tree Lighting at 5:30pm sharp.


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A winery tour kicks off the evening at 6pm, with dinner seating at 6:30. The price is $75 per person, inclusive of tax, gratuity and wine.

Reservations are required at least a day in advance and can be made by calling 1-800-969-4009 or booking online. Payment is taken at time of booking.  Cancelations accepted up to 3 days prior to reservation for full refund.

Enjoy a beautifully and elegant multi-course meal, each course perfectly paired with a Chateau Chantal wine and prepared in-house.

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Escape from the ordinary with a concert on the Top of Bay Mountain at The Homestead with Musica Batteria, the duo of Lynn Koch and Kristen Tait.  Performing on vintage rosewood marimba, you will enjoy an evening of classical, ragtime, jazz and popular favorites in a spectacular setting overlooking the Sleeping Bear Bay.  It’s a musical treat you won’t want to miss!

Tickets: $15/person.  Chairlift rides to the top of the mountain begin at 6pm.  Multi-passenger shuttle service also available.  Cash bar.  Concert begins at 7pm.

For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, call Lindy Kellogg at 231.334.5378.

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In Italy, food fills the soul and renews it. Learn the luscious and lively cuisine of Italy and techniques of Tuscany where Chef Allen taught and learned many of these dishes.

You’ll prepare dishes like Wild forest leek and cabbage soup, Pasta e ceci, Stuffed artichokes with lemon caper sauce, Asparagus three ways, Braised tuna “in zimino” (spring vegetable sauce), Grilled chicken with arugula sauce, New potatoes baked with fennel, Lemon biscotti and Zabaglione with strawberries.

Classes are $125 per person, weekend stay packages available.

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