We made it out to Crystal Mountain for a downhill skiing trip recently, and the snow was AWESOME. Rarely do we get powder up north, so when it starts snowing fluffy white flakes for a few days in a row, it's definitely time to hit the slopes. Crystal Mountain is the closest large resort to where we live, and if you buy lift tickets online you can usually nab a good deal.
One thing I love about Crystal is the variety of their slopes. As a somewhat experienced skier, I can ride the easy and medium slopes but also tackle the black diamonds if I’m feeling adventurous. They have plenty of lifts, too, so it’s easy to get away from the busier hills if you want to just take your time cruising down some slopes. Even on the busy weekends we can find a lift or some runs without too many other skiers.
They also have night skiing until 9 p.m. most nights, which makes it easy to get in a few runs after work or long days on the weekends. I personally love night skiing: it’s peaceful and presents a whole new challenge. Plus, with how early the sun sets in the winter, it’s vital to go to a ski resort that has bright lights on so many different runs!
The day we went to Crystal, we were lucky enough to have a TON of beautiful snowflakes fall at the end of the night. It totally set up the whole “wintery wonderland” mood that makes northern Michigan so enjoyable in these cold months. If it’s going to be freezing outside, I at least want it to be beautiful and snowy! Our ski trip definitely delivered that.
So, until next time, I hope you get out and enjoy the wintery weather! I promise that the north can be fun if you get out and explore it (though I admit that movie marathons with hot chocolate are equally tempting some days…)!