Crystal Expands to 48 Slopes, Builds New Buck Lift

THOMPSONVILLE, MICH – Crystal Mountain continues to make significant improvements on and off the ski slopes with $4 million worth of investments and three new runs to challenge skiers and riders for the 2013/2014 ski season.

Not long after the last skiers made their last runs this past spring, construction of a new Buck Quad Chairlift and slope expansion began. The new ski-under lift will move more skiers per hour to the top of the hill, and add skiable terrain including the new Buckaroo slope and Buck Glades. A new Gorge Glades area will also be part of the improved and expanded terrain.

Improvements related to this project include re-contouring the signature Buck ski run, expanding the arrival zone at the top of the hill and adding a fleet of new snow guns with automation capability. Crystal has also invested in a Winch Cat groomer which has a system to push large amounts of snow uphill, permitting some grooming in steep areas such as the Gorge. The ability to push snow up hill will also come in handy each spring.

When skiers need a break to refuel, they’ll be treated to more improvements inside Crystal Mountain’s main lodge. The Wild Tomato has undergone a complete remodel including a brand new kitchen and a new menu with a more locally sourced, seasonal, comfort-food vibe. The recently remodeled Clipper Café has again been improved with more seating near the fireplace.

“We are constantly investing to improve the Crystal experience,” said Chris MacInnes, COO of Crystal Mountain. “With this new lift, more skiable terrain, and enhanced dining at the Wild Tomato and Clipper Café, we continue to make Crystal Mountain the perfect place for families and friends to gather and create moments that matter.”

Crystal is also continuing to invest in its lodging options with more than $1 million dollars in improvements that include completely remodeled Wintergreen units, new public spaces in the Hamlet, and upgrades at the Inn at the Mountain. Other investments include development of Trailside, a neo-traditional residential community located along the Mountain Ridge Golf Course.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf, and award-winning spa and dramatic gardens. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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