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How to conquer Father's Day
Abbey Neerken - Thursday, June 18, 2015

If you’re not already planning to treat Dad to a day of fun and adventure this weekend, the Father’s Day deals at Crystal Mountain will help you build an itinerary for a day that won’t soon be forgotten. And, since Father’s Day this year happens to land on Summer Solstice, one with more daylight than any all year, we’ve prepared an extensive list of discounts and activities to fill the day!

First thing’s first.

Stop by the Peak Fitness Center with dad and get a 10-punch punch card for $64, regularly $96. This card can be used toward access to the Peak Fitness Center, select fitness classes and select activities from Park at Water's Edge.

Visit the Alpine Slide or bike rental for more fun. On Father’s Day, dads receive free entrance into the Pool, a free Alpine Slide Pass, or free Bike Rental with the purchase of a child pass or rental.  

Dads deserve to golf on Father’s Day.

Before you are seen on the course or at the range, revamp Dad’s style at the Kinlochen Pro Shop. Father’s Day sales are available all day in the pro shop and include:
  • Bermuda Sands clothing: buy one at regular price, get one of equal or lesser value  50% off
  • 50% off all golf bags
  • 50% off TaylorMade and Cobra golf clubs
  • 20% off Suncloud sunglasses
  • Challenge Dad to a drive, chip and putt competition! Dads on Father's Day get buy one get one buckets of driving range balls for double the fun!

    After you get warmed up at the range, get out on the course. Father's Day only, dads can golf Mountain Ridge for $45 (including cart) and Bestie Valley $35 (including cart). Reserve your tee time while they last!

    Who can actually do more pushups, you or your dad?

    After you school him on the basketball court, lap him in the pool and out-speed him on the mountain bike trails, bring Dad back to the Peak Fitness Center. Help your old man get in shape with a 10-session Personal Training Package at for $299, regularly $329. Sessions are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so next year he can beat you at your own game!

    You and Dad can relax on Father’s day at the spa.

    Maybe you’ve been a little too hard on Dad, after all he does do so much for you or whatever your store bought card said. This Father's Day spa special, designed just for men, is great to get dad relaxing after a workout on the links, a day of mountain biking, or screaming down the Alpine Slide. Valid June 1-30, the Mountain Man Package begins with a 25-minute Recharge massage, followed by our 50-minute Mountain Man Pedicure and includes a craft beer or glass of wine. A total of approximately 75 minutes, only $99 (regularly $109); Advance reservations required and subject to availability so make an appointment ahead of time or for another valid day. Visit Spa Specials for all the details.

    Take care of dinner; treat Dad to the Thistle Pub & Grille.

    It’s important to have a hearty meal after all that fun. The Thistle Father's Day Special includes a pint of on-tap microbrew beer & the Thistle burger for just $14

    Don’t hold back on your Father’s Day!

    Special offers only available Sunday, June 21, 2015 unless specifically stated otherwise. Get updates and more information on the Father’s Day event page.

    Where Is the Love? Find it at Crystal Mountain!
    Abbey Neerken - Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Find relaxation, romance and recreation this Valentine’s Day at Crystal Mountain. Spend the day being pampered on site at the award-wining Crystal Spa, or explore the property looking for a prize-redeemable heart in our Where Is the Love scavenger hunt. Finish the day with a tasty entrée from the Thistle Pub and Grille or Wild Tomato dining room, or order out from the Little Betsie Bistro.

    Planning to hit the slopes this Valentine’s Day? Look for the hearts and win a prize in our Where is the Love Scavenger Hunt – including a 2015/16 Premier Ski Season Pass!

    Hearts of all sizes are hidden throughout the Crystal Mountain property, both outdoors and inside. From the ski slopes to the Clipper Café, from Tickets and Rental to the Burton Riglet Park, hearts are everywhere! Return your heart to the location specified on the heart, and redeem it for prizes ranging from Crystal Mountain swag, resort gift cards and spa vouchers to lift ticket discounts. The smallest heart is redeemable for a 2015/16 Season Pass! Our heart hunt begins at 9am on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, and ends when the ski lifts close.

    One prize per person, any age can participate. Hearts cannot be redeemed after February 14, 2015 – so be sure to turn yours in on Saturday. Hearts have no cash value and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

    Visit the Park at Water’s Edge and Explore the Outdoors with your Valentine:

    Dog Sledding* from 9am-4pm
    Ice Skate, Fat Tire Snow Bike, and Snowshoe rentals at the Park at Water's Edge
    Edge Adventure Course, 4pm-10pm
    Horse-Drawn Surrey Rides, 6pm-10pm
    Moonlight Snowshoe Hike*, 7pm
    •Outdoor Laser Tag* 8pm,8:45pm and 9:30pm

    Kids can stop by the Park at Water's Edge for FREE face painting and a fun Heart Search for candy!
    *Reservations required. Call the Park at Water's Edge, 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.

    Celebrate your love with limited time spa services and special – great for you or your valentine!

    Tranquil Couples Massage Cost: $178 per couple
    Enhance your Couples Massage with our Infinitely Loving Package for only $29 per guest: Your massages will be enhanced with our popular Glove Exfoliation Treatment, including His & Hers exfoliation gloves to take home. Following your massage, enjoy a 20-minute Chinese Jasmine infused private bath for two complete with a glass of champagne & gourmet Belgium chocolate. Available: February 1-13, 2015. Not valid Tuesdays or Saturdays.

    Reserve your spa appointment today by calling (844) 260-3673. Infinitely Loving Package is not available as a stand-alone service. It is only available when booked for 2 guests in combination with a Couples Massage. A 16% adjustable gratuity and 2% service charge will be added to all spa services. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts.

    Valentine's Gift Certificate Special

    Now through Valentine's Day (Feb 14, 2015), purchase a Crystal Spa Gift Certificate for a 50-minute Tranquil Massage, Espresso Mud Body Scrub or Pure Results Facial for only $99. Or, purchase an 80-minute Gift Certificate for a Tranquil Massage or Pure Results Facial for only $139. Includes gratuity. Gift Certificate is valid for one year from date of purchase. Gift certificate includes 16% gratuity and 2% service charge. Excludes: 12/25/15 – 1/2/16. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts.

    Enjoy a tasty Valentine’s meal when you order off the Special Valentine’s Day Menu at Thistle Pub & Grill! Menu is available Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, February 15.


    Prince Edward Island Mussels | sautéed with shallots, tomatoes, and garlic, finished with sherry and fresh basil, garlic butter crostini
    Korean Tacos | crisp bao bun, slow-roasted pork, cucumber cilantro slaw, aioli


    Grilled Beef Tenderloin* | marbled mashed potatoes, whipped Gorgonzola butter, haystack onion
    Duck Breast* | seared with crispy skin, truffled forbidden rice, apricot cilantro jam
    Market Fish | locally raised barramundi baked with fresh herbs and preserved lemon, bulgur salad


    Chocolate Fondue | creamy dark chocolate flambéed tableside with fresh strawberries, caramel coffee cake bites, and brownies
    Dual Sorbet | house-made strawberry ginger and fresh kiwi

    An Olympian's Journey
    Brian Lawson - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    It might not be a surprise that a two-time Olympic freestyle skier would visit Crystal Mountain. It is a ski resort, right? However, if I told you she wasn’t visiting for the snow or the slopes that might be a bit of a twist. She’s actually here for the spa.

    Michelle Roark competed in the Olympic Games held Turin, Italy and Vancouver, British Columbia. She won a silver medal in the 2003 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and has six World Cup victories since 1999. This world-class athlete will be at Crystal Spa on Thursday, December 11 (2-7pm) sharing the fruits (or as it happens fragrance) of her other great labor, chemical engineering.

    That’s right, next to all those medals for her accomplishments in skiing hangs a degree in chemical engineering and the interesting part is how her life in skiing groomed the way to this new passion. Michelle believes that skiing is about being in tune with the five senses. Judging by her success in the sport you would think each was finely honed but one was more elusive to capture than the others. Sight, sound, touch and taste were in harmony but when she couldn’t find the right fragrance, she developed her own.

    Roark’s pursuit to harness the fifth sense led to six years of research and the establishment of Phia Labs. What she found was that the complex molecular structures of nature’s purest ingredients can have a profound effect on a person’s wellbeing, inspiring adventure, focus, balance, imagination and confidence. Each of the five categories can be found on the Phia Energy Spectrum (be sure to give it a look on their website) which classifies the essential oils of plants, flowers and herbs to create a bouquet with distinct purpose to suit each person’s specific needs.

    Meet the two-time Olympian and learn more about Phia at the Crystal Spa Open House on December 11. The event is FREE to attend (advanced reservation requested but not required) and includes mini-treatments, food and the chance to win one free treatment per month at Crystal Spa for an entire year!

    Conde Nast's "Six Signs" point to something very good at Crystal Spa
    Brian Lawson - Friday, July 25, 2014

    As a public relations guy who just finished some "field research" at
    Crystal Spa I can tell you that it is a life-altering experience. Then again, as the "PR Guy" I probably carry some inherent bias. It doesn't mean I'm wrong but it's understandable if there's a little skepticism.

    So when I recently ran across Conde Nast Traveler's post on Facebook, "6 Signs of a Very (Very, Very) Good Hotel Spa" I was intrigued to see how our spa stacked up against their guidelines. After all, it is a travel resource known for its rigorous standards and objectivity.

    1. Separate Saunas and Steam Rooms for Men and Women
      Check! In each of the locker rooms you will find both a eucalyptus infused steam room and an infrared sauna. Both are a good reason to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before your service or for that matter, relax afterward.

    1. No Communal Locker Rooms
      While very well-appointed, guests do have to share space in their respective locker rooms (one for men and one for women). However, there are curtains and private spaces in each if you're on the shy-side when changing.

    1. A Comfortable Relaxation Room
      The picture below speaks a thousand words. Not pictured is the mosaic garden and outdoor hot tub just outside with heated floors so it can be enjoyed winter, spring, summer and fall.

    1. A Well Stocked Spa Bar
      Locally-grown Light of Day Organic Tea, cucumber water, fresh fruit and snack mixes are all complimentary to spa guests with attendants ready to serve from a menu of wines, Champaign, mimosas and Michigan craft beers available for purchase.

    1. Eucalyptus Oil in the Steam Room (AKA The Little Touches)
      See eucalyptus infused steam room above but there are many more little touches worth experiencing like fluffy robes and towels, your own pair of slippers and the beautiful works of local artists like Ann Loveless, winner of Art Prize (Grand Rapids) in 2013.

    1. Welcoming and Genuine Staff
      Each month Crystal Mountain honors a staff member with the Service Excellence Award, most of whom are nominated by guests. The Peak Fitness Center and Crystal Spa currently has five award winners (including last year's Service Excellence Employee of the Year).

    With Conde Nast's measures of a very, very, very good spa in mind, I hope to have maybe earned a little more credibility. However, if you still need to check it out for yourself to be truly convinced, I won't be offended.

    You can book a service at Crystal Spa by calling . If you've enjoyed your time at the spa and Crystal Mountain please visit Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Survey and share your experience. Thank you.

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