Crystal Mountain (MI) – 12/26/2012

I’m a few days behind on this but the holidays have been hectic and we’re finally getting snow so in between family excursions I’m trying to get my turns in.

As I’ve done the past few years, I took my nephew up to Crystal Mountain the day after Christmas because he had some new gear he needed to break in and I wanted to go snowboarding. We stayed the night at my father-in-law’s property, in an unfinished apartment above a pole barn. It’s free, and there is whisky and a DVD player, so I can’t complain.

Our lovely accommodations

Our lovely accommodations, unfinished apartment in the upper level of my father-in-law's pole barn

We arrived about 10am and somewhat to my surprise we were not relegated to the overflow lot, in fact, we got a pretty great parking spot only a few rows from the ticket window.  Throughout the day the crowds were remarkably non-existent, which surprised me on a holiday week. Hopefully with the recent snow, their season will pick up quickly.

Here’s the scoop on their terrain, conditions, trail openings, etc.

Crystal Mountain 12/26/2012

After a good snowfall last week they were finally able to open a considerable amount of their terrain (as of 12/15 they only had 1 trail open…), including all of The North Face and much of the gladed terrain accessible from the Clipper Quad chair (between Abendroth’s Trail, Little Vincent, etc.). It looked like The Ridge chairlift and surrounding trails would be open in short order. Tuck’s Terrain park was partially open with a mini jump up top, a metal culvert, flat box, shotgun rail, and a large pipe/rail.

Cold, a little windy and no fresh snow recently so conditions were predictably hardpack, but overall there was a great variety of terrain already open, given the abysmal start to this “winter” in Northern Michigan.

View of Buck Chairlift, about 1030am 12/26/2012

View of Buck Chairlift, about 1030am 12/26/2012

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