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Old 01-30-2011, 07:44 AM   #441 (permalink)
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Tuesday looks like a good night to go to Holly or PK!
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:58 AM   #442 (permalink)
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I'll answer even though it's not directed at me. I've got the kiddo Tuesday night, I can't get out. I heard a rumor of a huge snow dump Tuesday/Wednesday.
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:00 AM   #443 (permalink)
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Up to a foot! I just hope the drive will be doable. If not I might have to postpone. Otherwise, I'm game!
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:53 AM   #444 (permalink)
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watching the weather, tentative for Tuesday but if the roads are awful I'm probably going to hold back until Wednesday. If this storm really is as epic as the forecast, I will be calling in sick to work on Wednesday and probably riding both sessions
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:55 AM   #445 (permalink)
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I'm good for wednesday night. So Tues or Weds night depending on storm
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:31 PM   #446 (permalink)
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A foot?? This is news too me. I hope I have school Wednesday, I'm suppose to be signing my National Letter of Intent.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:37 PM   #447 (permalink)
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I was wondering if you guys could shed some light on a little dilemma i have..

I'm from northern Inidana (Fort Wayne) and I plan on heading up to northern Michigan the week after the super bowl. I usually hit up Boyne Mountain/highlands and Nubs Nob once or twice a year but mainly stay around the southern resorts like Bittersweet and Timber Ridge. Well this year my mom wants to go to with me because she's never been to a ski resort and has always wanted to go, I'm not sure why because she can't ski or snowboard. I wanted to try out a place i've never been but It needs to have a lot of activities that someone who doesn't snowboard can do like snow tubing, shopping, and whatnot. Now I'll be spending the entire time from open to close on the hill but want my mom to have a fun as well. Basically what I'm asking is what would be the best resort that offers awesome snowboarding while still providing the best time for a non-snowboarder?

I'm thinking about Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek, or Caberfae (their website isn't working for some reason). I've never been to any of these resorts and was wondering which you thought was the best or if there was any that i haven't considered. I liked Boyne more than Nubs Nob (I think i preferred highlands over mountain but I might have the two mixed up). How do the three I mentioned compare to Boyne?

Sorry for the long post, I'm just trying to make the best decision
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:02 PM   #448 (permalink)
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I was wondering if you guys could shed some light on a little dilemma i have..

I'm from northern Inidana (Fort Wayne) and I plan on heading up to northern Michigan the week after the super bowl. I usually hit up Boyne Mountain/highlands and Nubs Nob once or twice a year but mainly stay around the southern resorts like Bittersweet and Timber Ridge. Well this year my mom wants to go to with me because she's never been to a ski resort and has always wanted to go, I'm not sure why because she can't ski or snowboard. I wanted to try out a place i've never been but It needs to have a lot of activities that someone who doesn't snowboard can do like snow tubing, shopping, and whatnot. Now I'll be spending the entire time from open to close on the hill but want my mom to have a fun as well. Basically what I'm asking is what would be the best resort that offers awesome snowboarding while still providing the best time for a non-snowboarder?

I'm thinking about Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek, or Caberfae (their website isn't working for some reason). I've never been to any of these resorts and was wondering which you thought was the best or if there was any that i haven't considered. I liked Boyne more than Nubs Nob (I think i preferred highlands over mountain but I might have the two mixed up). How do the three I mentioned compare to Boyne?

Sorry for the long post, I'm just trying to make the best decision
Crystal Mountain is kind of in the middle of nowhere, sure you can get to Traverse City in about 45 mins but other than that, nothing around. That said, Crystal has a full service spa service which is really nice.

I think Boyne also has the spa & water park or something like that. Both Boynes are about 5 mins from Nub's Nob so you could go to different ski areas each day. Not too far from Harbor Springs & Petoskey which are going to be fairly quiet towns in the winter I think.

Schuss/Shanty is like Crystal, in the middle of nowhere really. Again, a nice mountain, but the nearest city is Mancelona and there ain't much going on there. Ever.

Caberfae is a nice mountain but it is the least "resort-y" of all of them. They don't have nearly the amenities, located just oustide of Cadillac which is basically a big "small town" with not much going on other than snowmobiling or ice fishing in the winter months.

Your best bet would be to stay in downtown Traverse City. That puts your mom close to plenty of shopping, restaurants, there is nightlife, casinos, etc. as long as you don't mind driving a little bit to ski resorts. Crystal is 45 mins, Boyne is about 1hr.

If you absolutely must stay at the resort, your best option would be to stay in Harbor Springs area and go to Boyne, but you won't have options of "shopping" at the resorts really. Boyne may have snow tubing, I'm not sure. I don't think Crystal does.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:18 PM   #449 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick reply. We wont be staying at a resort, we found that rooms there are a bit on the pricey side. Having already been to both the Boynes i'll be trying something new. 45 minutes isn't that big of a drive so staying in Traverse City is no big deal. My mom will probably spend the majority of time hanging out around the resort and might go out for shopping, she's not sure. Do you know if you have to stay at the resort to be able use the full service spa and stuff at Crystal or can I just pay? I really have no idea, I've never done anything but snowboard at a resort. and how does Crystal Mountain compare to Boyne in terms of snowboarding?

Once again thanks so much for your help, it means a lot to me that my mom has a good time
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pretty sure (but call them and ask to be sure) you can use the spa services even if you're staying off-site. you just have to make appointments for the services like manicures/pedicures, massages, etc.

Riding at Crystal is varied, it is smaller than the Boyne resorts by about 100ft vertical, they have moguls, a decent gladed section, some steep runs, some wide-open groomers, they even have two small "bowls" which of course pale in comparison to anything West of the Mississippi but are kind of neat even if they're only 5-second rides down at full-speed. They added a boarder-cross course this season accessible from the North Face chairlift. You will never see lifties more enthusiastic about their jobs as the guys who work the Clipper high speed quad chair in front of the lodge.

more of a family-friendly atmosphere there and pretty laid back for the most part. The "park" area is really lacking since they removed the jumps back in 2007/08 season. The Thistle pub & grille has great food, not outrageously pricey for a resort, there's another restaurant on-site Wild Tomato I think which is decent, the rest of it is just meh cafeteria food. The bar there is nice. There is a gas station/convenience store about a mile down the road that has superb pizza.

I've been riding there for about 15 years even though there are better "mountains" in MI it's where my folks used to take us on vacation so it's always been kind of like a "home mountain" for me and I keep going back because it's familiar and they do a good job keeping it updated, developed, etc.

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