Crystella open, making plans for the future

CRYSTAL FALLS—Crystella Ski Hill is now open for the season. “With enough of a snow base, we are excited to welcome everyone in our local area to come out and see our improved facility,” said Louise Holmes, Crystella Recreation Association board trustee.
Snowboarding, sledding, skating or skiing are available at Crystella.
“We have just completed a phase of our improvements by building a new service garage which provides storage for our snowmobiles and extra ropes, as well as housing our tow rope,” said Holmes. “This has been made possible by our many loyal contributors and benefactors. We are grateful to all of our volunteers who run the concession and continue to keep Crystella alive.”
Crystal Falls’ “own little giant” located on Ski Hill Road offers a spot for local winter sports enthusiasts and families looking to enjoy the beautiful area.
Crystella Recreation Association is planning a volunteer recruit drive on Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Crystella lodge.
The event poster states: The Crystella Recreation Association needs to increase active members on its board of directors and its list of annual volunteers. Opportunities exist for folks in all areas of maintaining and managing one of Crystal Falls’ most cherished community facilities. It doesn’t take much time to come and help ensure the long-term survival of our special little place with only a few weekends a year of your attention. The future of Crystella is in your hands.
The Crystella board requests that interested people consider stopping by for a brief discussion of the history of the Crystella Recreation Association along with an overview of both short and long-term needs.
“Volunteering is very easy, very flexible and only requires an average of six to eight monthly hourly meetings annually. All our work is done independently and most communication among members done via email. This meeting is for informational purposes only, by no means a formal commitment. Just stop down, get up to speed and take it from there,” said Holmes.
Groups can hold events at Crystella making for a fun winter activity day especially for young outdoor adventurers.
Snowfest 2019 is being planned by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. program and Crystella Recreation Association. The day offers the opportunity for the public and first responders to join together and enjoy the outdoor fun a U.P. winter has to offer. In addition to sledding, skiing and snowboarding, food and refreshments will be available and door prizes will again be awarded.
Although an exact date is not yet set, look for an announcement coming soon.
Season and daily pass prices for the season have remained the same. A season pass is $35, while a season sledding pass is $10, daily ski/snowboarding pass is $8 and a daily sledding pass is $2. Ice skating is always free, but donations are accepted.
    A family season pass is $80. All family members must purchase the tickets together at one time. According to the hill’s Facebook page, season passes also include night skiing at Ski Brule as well as discounted daily passes. In order to redeem discounts, bring the Crystella pass to the
 Bears Den.
    Hours of operation remain Fridays from 5-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1-9 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m., weather permitting.
    Passes may be purchased at the hill during normal operating hours.
There is staffed concession during operating hours and there are added items to the menu including trail mix, granola, fruit snacks and juices to be more mindful of the selections being offered.
    The Crystella Recreation Association is a nonprofit organization whose ongoing work to revitalize the Crystella Ski Hill and its surrounding properties. Through donations, creative marketing and other revenue-generating activities, the association aims to make skiing and other activities affordable to all.
    For updates and activities, check out the Crystella Ski Hill on Facebook.