Book now for winter fun -- and savings -- at Crystal Mountain Resort

With the recent spate of glorious sunshine, it’s hard to envision what’s coming, weather-wise, in our not-too-distant future.

But anyone who has spent any time at all in Michigan knows that winter is lurking just beyond all this beautiful fall foliage, ready to unleash gray skies, gloomy days and a season’s worth of white stuff almost before you can say anti-freeze.

One way to replace winter dread with anticipation is to plan ahead and take advantage of this offer from Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, one of the state’s leading winter playgrounds: travelers who book three nights by Nov. 15 for any time this winter (except the week between Christmas and New Year’s and Feb. 17-19) will receive a $100 resort credit good for ski or snowboard rentals or lessons, lift tickets, spa treatments, kids’ programs and other “Winter Fun” activities.

The special applies to lodging-only as well as standard ski, spa or romance packages.

Call (800) 968-7686 ext. 5100 or check here

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Lakeland Boating, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide." She also writes for websites including, and