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Crystal and Caberfae

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I've done a lot of skiing in Northern MI, just the lower peninsula. Mostly long ago, I'm just getting back into skiing now as an almost 50yr old. I've never skied at Crystal or Caberfae. What do they compare to? I see that Caberfae has lift ticket deals on liftopia. I like steeper stuff, for instance at Schuss I mostly ski on the face hills.

post #2 of 14

I spent most of my time skiing Caberfae and Crystal because I lived in Cadillac for 25 years. 

 

Caberfae is small, but has a few nice runs that are close to 400 vert, (IIRC they are about 380).

The best run IMHO is the Dark Side of South Peak but I hear they've opened some side country off the top of South Peak that is pretty nice.  

 

Crystal is more expansive and has better terrain if you want a variety off of one lift, but the vert is small.  On the other hand they've gladed some areas for good tree skiing

 

I used to love it when I had a chance to get to Nubs Nob, but I only got up there about once or twice a year. 

 

Enjoy!!

post #3 of 14

Crystal is more built up (slopeside condos, high speed lift, etc) while Caberfae (aka the Mighty C) is more like "skiing like it used to be".   As the one of the first lift-served ski resorts in the US, the Mighty C is a must-visit,

 

I'd say take a trip to both and see for yourself.  They are in the same league as Schuss and you'll find several runs you'll like, but I don't know that you'll want to make either of them your home hill.  Make sure the South Peak at the Mighty C is open before you go.

 

Next season, you should get yourself one of these:  http://www.goskimichigan.com/michigan-ski-programs/white-gold-card They are sold out for this year, but you should be able to get in 8 days of skiing for $200.

post #4 of 14

Caberfae > Crystal IMO.  Not sure I'd say the skiing is all that different, but Crystal is too "resorty" for my liking.  Its kinda of like comparing Nubs to Boyne Highlands.  IMO Nubs wins hands down every time.  Although, its not just feel of Nubs that is better.  I think the skiing and snow are better also.

 

If you haven't been, I'd definitely check out Nubs.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

 

Caberfae is small, but has a few nice runs that are close to 400 vert, (IIRC they are about 380).

The best run IMHO is the Dark Side of South Peak but I hear they've opened some side country off the top of South Peak that is pretty nice. 

 

 

Not to quibble, but it's actually off of the North peak.

 

 

This area is where the original runs were when the Might C opened in the late 30s.

post #6 of 14
Of these two, cabrefae is relatively flat. Crystal has a couple of short steeps, but all in all, short'ish is th operative word. The flats are a little longer. Between the two, I'd go wherever I could meet a group of old friends and have at it. smile.gif
post #7 of 14
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Of these two, cabrefae is relatively flat. Crystal has a couple of short steeps, but all in all, short'ish is th operative word. The flats are a little longer. Between the two, I'd go wherever I could meet a group of old friends and have at it. smile.gif

 

You've pretty much described Michigan skiing in general, but we make the best of what we've got. :)  

post #8 of 14
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Not to quibble, but it's actually off of the North peak.

 

 

This area is where the original runs were when the Might C opened in the late 30s.

Glad to know.  I remember skiing that area back when I first started skiing.  Its actually quite nice in that area.  They have a ton more terrain they could open up if they do a bit of heritage exploring. :D

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by cmr40 View Post
 

 

You've pretty much described Michigan skiing in general, but we make the best of what we've got. :)  

 

Skiing in Michigan is like going to  a bar where they serve beer by the shot glass.  You come in thirsty and want a tall cold one, but all the bartender can give you is a teeny little glass.

 

But the beer is cold, and it's good, and since it's never crowded (why would it be? - they serve beer by the shot glass) you can get a refill immediately.

 

And after 20 or 30 shots, you start to feel pretty good about the experience.

 

I think I did 70 runs today.  That's a lot of shots.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
 

 

Skiing in Michigan is like going to  a bar where they serve beer by the shot glass.  You come in thirsty and want a tall cold one, but all the bartender can give you is a teeny little glass.

 

But the beer is cold, and it's good, and since it's never crowded (why would it be? - they serve beer by the shot glass) you can get a refill immediately.

 

And after 20 or 30 shots, you start to feel pretty good about the experience.

 

I think I did 70 runs today.  That's a lot of shots.

 Pretty well sums it up.  I talked the wife into skipping some Superbowl parties and we drove up to Petoskey Saturday afternoon.  Skied Nubs all day yesterday.  I'd say we fell short of 70 runs (spent a lot of time working with my daughter after he lesson), but I'm sure we got 50+ in.  We must have skied Dories Bowl 20+ times.  Both my kids love the top part of that run - wide open, perfect pitch to build confidence. All in all, a good day. Here's my son at the top of Pintail Peak with the Highlands in the background.  It was nice once the sun finally came out.

 

post #11 of 14

That would make three bears skiing at Nubs yesterday. John B and I made a couple of runs together around coffee break time.  (insert joke about the snow being too firm, too soft, and just right) 

 

 And now that I see the picture, I'm pretty sure I saw you and your son leaving around 3pm - I was parked about three cars down.  Unless there was some other kid there with a red ski jacket and a Mt Holly patch.

 

Anyway, a great weekend to ski.

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
 

That would make three bears skiing at Nubs yesterday. John B and I made a couple of runs together around coffee break time.  (insert joke about the snow being too firm, too soft, and just right) 

 

 And now that I see the picture, I'm pretty sure I saw you and your son leaving around 3pm - I was parked about three cars down.  Unless there was some other kid there with a red ski jacket and a Mt Holly patch.

 

Anyway, a great weekend to ski.

 

Leaving around 3...yep, that was definitely us.  My wife was adamant about leaving by 3 so we were home in time for the Superbowl.

post #13 of 14

I will not belittle Michigan skiing, I grew up there.   I can remember when Boyne wanted to rip us off for $7.00 for a lift ticket when Nub's only wanted $6.00 and Timberlee Hills only wanted $4.00. Timberlee Hills was closer and cheaper, peanut shells and all.

 

Between Crystal and Caberfae the choice depends on the time of week or what you want.  Crystal has high speed lifts and even the slow speed lifts are faster than Caberfae.  You can generally get in more vert at Crystal than at Caberfae .   Both resorts can be crowded on Weekends but Crystal tends to get more crowded than Caberfae.   Caberfae is cheaper than Crystal. 

 

Terrain is terrain, both have something to offer.  Crystal has more steep terrain but Caberfae has more gladed skiing.  The out of bounds skiing at Caberfae is nice with much of it gladed but not steep and with some heavy snow can be an experience in pushing yourself through.  There is no direct lift back to the top for the out of bounds section unless you skate uphill a bit to the quad chair.   Neither resort has the terrain that Schuss offers as far as steeps but then no resort with da'Trolls offers real steeps so enjoy the resorts for what they are.

post #14 of 14

 

Here's a view of Caberfae's South Peak from the North Peak Quad.  There is some fun to be had on the far side of South Peak but like all MI runs they're over too fast......sigh

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