Crystal Mountain is celebrating International Ski Federation World Snow Day this Sunday, Jan. 22, and the Women’s Winter Tour, an alternative to Super Bowl Weekend, takes place Feb. 4-5.


The average lifelong Midwesterner spends about 26 years of their life in winter. World Snow Day is designed to expose people to a wide range of winter activities, and Crystal is offering five ways this Saturday to get out and enjoy winter.


Alpine, cross-country and snowshoeing instructors will be giving 30-minute presentations throughout the day on how to get started in these winter sports and what to expect for first timers venturing out.  They will also be talking about how to dress for winter activity. 


Each person attending the lesson presentations will receive a $25 voucher that can be used towards a group lesson and rental equipment.  Participants can also earn a free lift ticket by participating in multiple activities during the event.


The Mountain’s culinary team will be creating a sampling of ski cuisine from around the world, and a Hall of Fame in the conference center provides a glimpse into skiing and snowboarding’s rich heritage in Michigan.


The Women's Winter Tour takes place at Crystal the weekend of Feb. 4-5.  It's billed as an alternative to Super Bowl Weekend.  Now in its 14th year the Tour is a celebration of women, winter and chocolate.  Attendance in past years has been well over a thousand like-minded women.


A two-hour snowshoe tour of the Michigan Legacy Art Park takes place Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.  Registration for the snowshoe tour prior to the event is $10 and $15 day of the event.  The Crystal Spa is offering a 50-minute boot relief massage for $49 and a 50-minute snow sports message or a peppermint cocoa body scrub for $89.  Sessions need to be booked by Feb. 2 for the special offers.


The original Women’s Winter Tour, complete with food, wine and chocolate stops along the trail, takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.  There are cross-country and snowshoe tours of five and eight kilometers.  It's all about fun, camaraderie and chocolate baby.  Registration for the event is $45.  Seniors (65+) and teens (13-17) are $40, and children under 12 are $10.  .


The Women's Winter Tour benefits the local Traverse City women's shelter, the Michigan Legacy Art Park, and National Breast Cancer Fund.


Lodging rates for Crystal Mountain’s Winter Tour participants starts from $78 per person, per night, based on quad occupancy.