Traverse City, Michigan – Travel and Lodging

Crystal Mountain – Eight New Slopes for 2015 – 2016


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5 years ago

Crystal Mountain

We're excited to have you over to The Backyard soon. Work is underway on the 8 new slopes and triple chairlift that will open this winter! ... See MoreSee Less

Were excited to have you over to The Backyard soon. Work is underway on the 8 new slopes and triple chairlift that will open this winter!

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Tiffani Rosati we have to go this year

Looking good!

Shaggy Wes Michelle Cory Maddie

Awesome, will be checked out this Winter.

Chris Kesling. Whhhaaatttt


Mike Larsen. Cara Larsen. Jeff Willemstein

Can't wait!!

Luis Ibanez George Lawlor

Brandon Little Jackson Gipson

Kellie Mitchell



Can't wait to check it out!!! Was getting a little bored with the same 'ol runs 🎿

More terrain!

Yay- more fun to be had by all!!!

Wow! Jackie Dunlap Armstrong, Kasaundra Armstrong, Zach Armstrong, Paige Armstrong

Any thoughts on difficulty ratings for The Backyard? I assume it will be nicely varied as Crystal always does. More curious on the green/blue/black breakdown. Thanks!

Where will it be?

Austen Kesling

Season passes already bought!!! Lea Palmer, John Carnes Jr., Shelly Carnes, Mackenzie Carnes, Tyler James Carnes, Matt Carlson, Carmen Fillion Carlson, David Scheuneman Sr.

Can't wait!!!

Can't wait.

Does this new area get rid of some of the xc ski trails??


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Crystal Mountain – The Backyard, Coming Winter 2015/16

We are excited to reach 58 slopes for the 2015-16 season

This spring Crystal Mountain will be replacing this shed with a chairlift terminal surrounded by eight new downhill trails. You’ve probably skied or boarded right past it countless times on your way to the North Face.

Based on some of the tracks we’ve found back there, some of you reading this blog have probably already tested this terrain. The Backyard is located straight back from the Crystal Clipper High-speed Quad nestled in a draw between The Ridge and North Face. The new complex will be serviced by a triple chairlift and include a mix of green (beginner) and predominantly blue (intermediate) trails.

The two outside runs will share terrain with Last Chance (The Ridge) and Tammy’s Turn (North Face) before breaking off into new territory. Here’s a look at how it sets up:

As the snow thaws, crews will begin work on the project with trails being shaped and lift towers and terminals installed over the course of the summer. These eight new trails will be ready for next winter (2015/16) bringing Crystal Mountain’s total to 58.

There is much work to be done over the next eight months – including names for the new trails – so stay tuned for updates!


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The Homestead – Great Lakes Photo Tours – August 24, 2012

Naturalist Photographer Mark Carlson and Digital Photography Instructor Bob Grzesiak treat Great Lakes Photo Tour participants to some of the most inspiring scenic and natural areas in the Great Lakes region. From digital snap-shooters to advanced photo enthusiasts, all will benefit from Mark and Bob’s over 50-years of combined experience as professionals in their fields.

Mark presents a wealth of naturalist information to attendees, as well as many helpful tips and suggestions on how to make better nature photographs, regardless of equipment or skill level. Bob offers his expertise assisting digital photographers with their camera and accessories, allowing them the opportunity to create cherished photographs, not just memories, while enjoying their eco/photo tours or excursions.

For one-day class information and pre-registration, please contact Great Lakes Photo Tours at 517.230.1655 or visit their website at

Event Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, August 24th
Tuition: $149.00 per person / per Eco-Photo Excursion

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Archipelago Project – Music on the Mountain – The Homestead – August 4, 2012

The Archipelago Project is a non-profit music education ensemble dedicated to advocating musical arts through performance, residency and consultation. Archipelago’s mission is to educate and inspire audiences from diverse ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic populations.

The ensemble is comprised of world-class musicians from the United States, Germany and Austria and performs music as diverse as their backgrounds. Archipelago’s students and audiences are exposed to a collage of musical styles including classical, polka, marches, New Orleans brass band, 20′s hot jazz, big band swing, salsa, funk and even some pop classics.

Music on the Mountain

This summer-long series of concerts will be held at the top of Bay Mountain. Mingle with old friends and new during the happy hour. Purchase one or more tickets in the 50/50 raffle. You could win half of the money and you will help our lakeshore, as the other half will be donated to Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. This year’s concert schedule is:

Ticket pricing $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Transportation to the top of Bay Mountain begins at 6pm, concert begins at 7pm. Call 231.334.5100 for tickets.

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