Traverse City, Michigan – Travel and Lodging

Crystal Mountain – SHAMROCK SHEBANG! – March 17, 2012

Saturday – March 17, 2012
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the slopes! Of course, we’ll have the traditional corned beef and cabbage, a cold glass of green beer, and plenty of fun games and activities thrown in for good measure.

Lift Tickets$10 OFF!
Join the party and dress in Irish green. Skiers and snowboarders in full costume receive $10 off your 9am-9pm lift ticket!

Stay two nights,
get the third night FREE

When staying March 1-31, 2012.
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DJ Deck Party! 12-4pm
9am – Shamrock Search
Find a shamrock, win a prize. Over 30 shamrocks are hidden on and off the slopes. Discover the golden shamrock and win an all-day lift ticket. Search starts at 9am and ends when all the shamrocks are found.
Noon-3pm Pot of Gold Challenge
Guess how many lucky coins are in the pot. The closest guess without going over wins the loot! Winner announced at 3:30pm.
1-4pm Jiggle Prize Tub
Reach your hands into a giant tub of green gelatin, grab a coin for a chance to win a prize. $1 per try.

2pm Twisted Twister
3pm Good Luck Horseshoes
3:15pm Costume Contest
Dress in your most elaborate St. Patrick’s Day costume, and meet at the top of Cheers slope. Best dressed wins a prize pack with an all-day lift ticket, Crystal Mountain gear and more.
Green Beer Bash | Vista Lounge
Green beer specials. No cover charge. Must be 21+ to enter the Vista after 2pm on Saturdays.
More Info: 800.968.7686 ext. 7000
Information is subject to change.

March Events

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Crystal Mountain – Spring Fling Luau – March 24, 2012

Bluebird skies, perfectly-groomed slopes, great deals on lift tickets, celebration and fun traditions—come March that’s what skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain is all about! It’s also a time for crazy downhill competition at our 14th Annual Spring Fling!

New this year, we’ve added a slopeside Beach Party with bonfire, Hawaiian costume contest, beach ball volleyball and more.

11am Cardboard Classic* 2pm Kayak Race* 4pm Slush Cup*
Build a cardboard sled using ONLY cardboard and duct tape… decorate it as you’d like, and then race it against others on Cheers! First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for the fastest and most creative sled in the adult (ages 13+) and child (ages 8-12) divisions!

Bottom surface of sled must be cardboard and/or standard gray duct tape only. Use of any other tape or materials will result in disqualification.
Cardboard Classic Official Rules

Race head-to-head down Lower Gorge slope, while in a kayak! Prizes awarded. Two divisions – (ages 13+) & kids (ages 8-12).

Kayaks provided by the
Honor Trading Post.

Ski or snowboard thru a giant pit of icy slush at the base of Loki slope. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate! Ribbons awarded to all competitors.

Lift ticket required. Rental equipment will not be available for this event.

*Ages 8+ only (ages 8-12 are required to wear a helmet).
FREE participation for all three activities. Registration is required.
Register at slopeside tent near Lodge deck from 9-11am on day of competition. All participants (18 & over) are required to sign a release form before participating in the event. A parent or guardian must sign for minors (under 18). View & print release form.

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Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge – March 31 – April 1, 2012

Snow update: The big news everyone has been waiting for. We’ve made the efforts and put things in motion… and the 2012 SMSC IS A GO!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s no turning back now. – Visit Website >>>>

Griztek Auto Appearance & Offroad and Shanty Creek Resorts are proud to bring the action back to the ski slopes at the 2012 Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge.

The SMSC is the only event you get side by side, heads up racing.

It’s the only place racers get 5 tire classes in which to compete.

And, it’s the only event like this anywhere in North America!

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Hikes – Every Saturday

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter! Join park rangers for a guided snowshoe hike every Saturday throughout the winter, starting on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m. Meet at the visitor center in Empire. If you do not have your own, snowshoes will be loaned out at no charge.

Inside the visitor center, park rangers will first provide basic snowshoeing instructions and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day. Once there, the park ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside until about 3:00 p.m. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable.

Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The park ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for only one and a half miles at the most.

Since the National Park Service has a supply of snowshoes for use within the National Lakeshore, participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required. Park ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants.

Snowshoe Hikes
Dates: Every Saturday Weekly from 01/07/2012 to 03/31/2012
Times: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Fees: Park pass required

For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134, extension 328, for details and to make reservations or visit the website at Also, check out their Facebook page at

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Suds & Snow – Microbrew Beer Festival – Timber Ridge Resort – March 3, 2012

Beer tasting and snowshoeing go hand in hand during the 6th Annual Suds & Snow event at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. Along with samples of a wide variety of Michigan breweries, the event will feature food and live music.

Join us for fun in the snow, whether you are snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking or winter bike riding on our new trails. Live music and new, larger cozy place in the woods for festivities.

6th Annual Suds & Snow
Annual Event
1:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City

Timber Ridge Resort is located at 4050 Hammond Road East in Traverse City.
Phone: (231) 947-2770

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Shanty Creek – Slush Cup – March 3, 2012

Celebrate over 30 years of Shanty Creek’s most popular winter event – a race course on an icy 40′ pond at Schuss Mountain!

Other activities include a Seal Slide, Frozen Fish Toss and Shovel Races.

Raffle tickets will also be available to win VIP Seating for the main event.

Registration for all events begins at 9am inside of Ivan’s, Slush Cup starts at 2pm.

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