Crystal Mountain Pow Day

With 70 degrees in the forecast it’s hard to believe that a week ago I had just gotten back from riding the deepest snow I’ve ever ridden in the great state of Michigan. The evening of Friday March 2, about 15″ of super heavy wet snow fell across most of northern lower peninsula.

This is what it was like:

The storm’s heavy snow and high winds knocked down trees and knocked out power to the resort and surrounding areas, county roads were closed so we were stuck waiting for the utility company to restore power, which thankfully they did quickly. Lifts were up and running by 1030am only an hour or so behind schedule.

15" of fresh at Crystal Mountain (MI)

Dropping in on The Gorge, Crystal Mountain (MI)

Although Crystal is not the biggest or the steepest mountain we did find some good lines even if it meant hiking Buck because the lift was out of commission; the glades were really tough to ride (not steep enough to carry speed) until they tracked out a bit. We even rode freshy-fresh at 6pm when they opened the Ridge Lift which had been buried by the snow, for twilight riding.

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2 thoughts on “Crystal Mountain Pow Day

    • haha most of the day that snow was so heavy that all you could do was point it and hope you had enough speed to make it down to the lift. i have a newfound appreciation for anyone who has to ride that sierra/cascade cement on a regular basis.

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