Remembering Crystal Mountain's first mountain manager and long-time friend, Keith Van Duzen
January 21, 2022
“Major influence,” “living legend,” and “a force of nature” – these are just some of the words used to describe Keith Van Duzen, Crystal Mountain’s first mountain manager. He passed away January 13 at the age of 92. One of the original founders of Buck Hills, Keith was an integral part of our history and helped make Crystal Mountain what it is today. This morning we honored him by laying a wreath at Eden Hill run, named after the road the Van Duzen family lived on. His legacy and impact will be remembered for generations to come.
Avoid the winter blues and be a part of an eventful season at Crystal Mountain
January 14, 2022
If you’re looking to try something new in 2022, all while embracing northern Michigan’s winter wonderland, Crystal mountain has you covered. From beginner lessons to advanced races, the Crystal calendar is full of activities sure to get you through to spring. Check it out!
Crystal Mountain nominated for best snowmaking team in North America - vote now!
January 13, 2022
Crystal Mountain's snowmakers are in the running as the best snowmaking team in North America! It's the first time a Michigan ski resort has been chosen as a finalist in the I Am a Snowmaker contest presented by Ski Area Management. Cast your vote today to show your support! The winner is expected to be announced Jan. 24.
Benzie County woman named 2022 'Year of Spa' recipient
December 30, 2021
“The Holiday Open House is an event spa staff looks forward to all year, as well as the announcement of the Year of Spa winner,” Crystal Spa Supervisor Koreen MacNeil said. “It really makes us all feel special when we can be a part of offering up such a wonderful gift to a wonderful guest such as Shelly.”
Crystal Mountain partners with Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital for lift ops training
December 25, 2021
To stress the importance of employee safety, Crystal Mountain brought in a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer from Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital for hands-on lift operations training.
Holiday Happenings at Crystal Mountain - Oh What Fun!
December 15, 2021
There’s snow better way to ring in 2022 than on the slopes! Those with a Dec. 31 lift ticket or season pass can sign up to be a part of the NYE Family Glow Light and Torchlight Parades. Choose one of the delicious Holiday Dinners from the Thistle Pub and Grille or the Wild Tomato before dancing the night away at the Vista Lounge.
Crystal Mountain opening this weekend for 2021-2022 season
December 8, 2021
Crystal Mountain is opening for the season this weekend! The slopes will be open on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. to season passholders, lodging guests with lift tickets, Four Seasons Club Members and those who already purchased a ticket. The lifts and slopes will open up to everyone starting Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Crystal Mountain promotes Jason Farah to Director of Golf
November 29, 2021
“I’m excited about this new opportunity to work closer with ownership and learn more about the business at Crystal Mountain,” Farah said. “I’m passionate about taking golf to a higher standard at this resort, which is already home to two championship golf courses and a beautiful 10-acre practice facility. I look forward to leading future projects to enhance the golf experience on Betsie Valley and Mountain Ridge.”
Registration open for 2021-2022 Crystal Community Ski Club
November 17, 2021
Registration is open to become part of the 2021-2022 Crystal Community Ski Club. The non-profit snowsports club has a number of affordable programs with certified instructors to help kids ages 7-17 either learn how to ski and snowboard or advance their skills, including Alpine and Nordic racing and freestyle.
Crystal Mountain names John Melcher CEO
November 1, 2021
“It is an honor to lead Crystal Mountain and continue building upon our legacy of reimagining the mountain and resort experience for our team, our guests and our property owners,” Melcher said. “I’m excited about the incredible growth opportunities ahead for Crystal Mountain because we are all committed to making this family-owned, family-centric resort the best in the Midwest.”
Reconnect with the holidays this year with Thanksgiving To-Go and the Annual Holiday Open House
October 28, 2021
If you’re looking for a fun way to reconnect your family with the holidays this year, Crystal Mountain has you covered. From preparing your Thanksgiving meal to jump-starting your holiday shopping with great deals and discounts.
Bypass shipping delays and low inventory by shopping at Crystal Mountain
October 26, 2021
“As of right now we aren’t experiencing any lack of inventory of hard goods at Mountain Sports,” Jim Riley, manager of Mountain Sports, said. “We have skis, boots, cold weather gear, shoes and a lot of youth clothing.”
Crystal Mountain holding multiple job fairs to fill around 100 open positions
October 12, 2021
Crystal Mountain is looking to fill around 100 open positions before the 2021-2022 winter season. Opportunities range from full-time managerial positions to seasonal positions. New this year, all employees will be offered free skiing, snowboarding, access to the fitness center, as well as meal and retail discounts.
Fall in love with autumn activities at Crystal Mountain
October 4, 2021
From mountain biking and hiking to scenic chairlift rides and the Alpine Slide, there is no shortage of fall fun for the whole family. Check out our weekly activities and special fall events happening throughout October.
Crystal Mountain gearing up for a season centered around snowmaking
October 7, 2021
The first sign of winter has already arrived at Crystal Mountain. On Wednesday, 11 of 14 new snow guns were delivered from Quebec City, Canada. Plus, 3500 feet of additional snowmaking pipe has been installed to provide better pressure stabilization to the more than 160 snowmaking machines at Crystal.
Crystal Mountain names Vice President of Human Resources
September 28, 2021
“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to our Crystal Mountain family,” John Melcher, COO of Crystal Mountain, said. “Her extensive experience in human resources, hospitality and business makes her a great addition to our executive team."
Crystal Mountain to host MHSAA Division I Girls Golf Regionals on Betsie Valley
September 27, 2021
“We are thrilled to host the regional at Crystal and look forward to seeing some of the best players in the state take on Betsie Valley to earn a spot in the finals,” Greg Babinec, Head Golf Professional at Crystal Mountain, said. “Betsie Valley is a scenic yet challenging course with tree-lined fairways, protected greens, and strategically placed bunkers.”
Crystal Mountain property owner, Charles Kraus, releases his first book: Thompsonville in Time
September 22, 2021
Two years and more than 200 pages later, Thompsonville in Time is complete. Newspaper articles, photographs, and stories dating back to the late 1890s to today document the area’s history every step of the way. From one of the first northern Michigan towns to generate electricity to dam failures and depleted forests. And of course, the story of how Buck Hills evolved from a class assignment to a community ski hill, and now, Crystal Mountain.
Michigan Legacy Art Park Hosts Fall Stewardship Days Call for Volunteers
September 20, 2021
Michigan Legacy Art Park is looking for volunteers to help with Fall Clean up at the Art Park in October. The Art Park is a non-profit organization that relies on the efforts and dedication of volunteers.
Remembering Ben Wright
September 2, 2021
It is with heavy hearts to share our longtime friend Ben Wright has passed away at age 88. Ben had a special place within our Crystal Mountain family and he will truly be missed.
Former USA Olympian puts down roots at Crystal Mountain
August 23, 2021
“Crystal Mountain has played a large part in who I am,” said Hughes. “It’s so much harder to stay active all year round in a big city, so to have Crystal Mountain as our backyard to ski, sled, bike, and golf with family is perfect.”
Crystal Mountain promotes longtime employee to Director of Mountain Operations
August 11, 2021
“It’s pretty amazing. I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to how much Crystal Mountain has changed,” Cutler said. “I feel like my career is a testament to what Crystal focuses on, which is investing in community, families, and quality infrastructure.”
Register to ride in Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club's largest fundraiser for area youth
August 10, 2021
Whether you prefer pedaling on the pavement, gearing up on gravel or racing to a new record, the 13th annual Up North Bike Fest has the ride for you! This year’s Bike Benzie event features six different routes to fit a wide range of abilities.
Former Crystal Mountain Junior Elite golfer wins prestigious KCC Invitational
July 26, 2021
Parker Pickell and his longtime golf partner and friend, Jackson Jones, took home the victory at the 68th installment of the Kalamazoo Country Club Invitational last weekend.
Michigan PGA names Brandon Dean Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
July 26, 2021
“I was pleased to be nominated again, after being the runner-up the last two years,” said Brandon Dean, assistant golf professional at Crystal Mountain. “It’s very flattering to win this award; to show I am improving my knowledge of the game of golf and the PGA.”
First-Year Pro Tristyn Nowlin of Kentucky Wins Michigan PGA Women’s Open
June 30, 2021
“It feels so awesome,” she said in reaction to winning the 28th Michigan Women’s Open Championship in just her second professional tournament Wednesday on the Mountain Ridge course.
Michigan Legacy Art Park Opens Following June 9 Storm Cleanup
June 30, 2021
Michigan Legacy Art Park has reopened to the public after successful cleanup from a June 9 windstorm that downed several trees and left some sculptures and trails damaged in its wake.
Amateur Kelly Sim builds lead at Michigan Women’s Open
June 29, 2021
Northwestern University golfer Kelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., heard good things from other golfers about the Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship at Crystal Mountain, and for the last two days she had been doing great things in her first visit to the Mountain Ridge course.
Betsie Valley golf course renovations begin
June 29, 2021
Construction has started on the front nine of Betsie Valley, one of Crystal Mountain’s two golf courses. The improvements designed by renowned golf course architect A. John Harvey Golf Course Design, LLC, will improve the player experience on the course.
Big two leaders hail from Big Ten at the Michigan Women’s Open Championship
June 28, 2021
Kelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., a Northwestern University golfer and amateur, and Tristyn Nowlin of Richmond, Ky., who just finished up her golf eligibility at the University of Illinois and turned professional, shared the lead through the first round of the 28th Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship at Crystal Mountain.
HOME AGAIN: Michigan PGA Women’s Open starts Monday at Crystal Mountain
June 23, 2021
Crystal Mountain has become the home of the Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship.
Michigan Beer and Brat Festival postponed to 2022
May 18, 2021
Rather than host a huge gathering of thousands of guests, the resort will instead feature individual specialty brat and beer pairings every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
A Warm Winter Welcome
April 27, 2021
On a sunny Sunday morning in early March, eleven youth boarded a bus at the YMCA of Greater Flint and took off on an adventure, headed to Crystal Mountain.
Additional winter investment in the pipeline at Crystal Mountain
April 5, 2021
More snow guns, water pipe heading to the resort for next winter.
Enjoy a traditional Easter brunch at home
March 18, 2021
The traditional Easter buffet has evolved into a fabulous home feast, thanks to the Crystal Mountain culinary team.
Reagan Thorr is this year’s CMSI scholarship recipient
February 25, 2021
Reagan Thorr is the first recipient of the Crystal Scholarship Foundation scholarship. She will receive $5,000 toward her college education.
Crystal Mountain debuts ‘The Pumping Service Pump Track’
February 16, 2021
In a first for Michigan, Crystal Mountain has partnered with The Pumping Service LLC to develop the state’s only ski and snowboard pump track. “The Pumping Service Pump Track at Crystal Mountain” opened Friday, February 19.
All 58 downhill trails are open
February 5, 2021
A recent run of snowfall and weather conditions for snowmaking have helped open the entire mountain. All 58 downhill trails are open.
Crystal Spa named to Top 100 spa list
January 15, 2021
Crystal Spa has again been named by Spas of America to its annual list of Top 100 Spas in North America. The spa at Crystal Mountain has made the list for more than a decade.
Meet Year of Spa recipient Kim Dimmett
January 13, 2021
Kim Dimmett will receive a Year of Spa, a nomination-based promotional award developed by Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Mich. Dimmett is executive director of Every Woman’s Place in Muskegon, Mich., a nonprofit shelter that helps women and children heal from sexual, physical and emotional assault and domestic violence.
Skiing and riding returns Friday
December 14, 2020
Crystal Mountain will open for season passholders, Four Season Club members and houseguests with lift passes on Friday. The general public who have purchased advance lift tickets will be able to ski and ride on Saturday, as conditions allow. Please monitor our website for updates.
Crystal Mountain announces leadership additions
December 8, 2020
Crystal Mountain leadership has named Everett Leonard vice president of Accounting and promoted Sammie Lukaskiewicz to vice president of Marketing and Communications.
Crystal Spa 'Spatacular' brings the 'ahh' to holiday shopping, gift-giving
November 11, 2020
Crystal Spa is hosting its Holiday Spatacular Sale through Nov. 24, with discounts, specials and a chance to win Spa for a Year. The Spatacular replaces the annual Open House, canceled this year for staff and guest safety.
New, 600-foot long water pipe will increase snowmaking at the resort
November 2, 2020
Skiers and snowboarders rejoice! More snow is headed to Crystal Mountain, thanks to continued investments at the resort.
Resort planning for safe winter operations
October 23, 2020
The Crystal Mountain team has been working with other ski resorts from across the country and in Michigan, as well as industry and health agencies like National Ski Areas Association, Michigan Snowsports Industries Association and Benzie-Leelanau Health Department on best practices to safely open for winter.
Enjoy Thanksgiving: Crystal Mountain will do the shopping and cooking
October 13, 2020
Crystal Mountain’s acclaimed culinary team will take care of everything but the dishes with Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go.
Crystal Mountain ready to peak with fall activities for the family
October 2, 2020
As autumn paints its exquisite colors across Crystal Mountain’s 1,500 acres, the best place to watch the changing leaves is from a chairlift. There you’ll experience miles of colorful treetops, panoramic views of three counties and the fresh air of Northern Michigan.
Crystal Mountain adding RFID to chairlift gates
September 9, 2020
In a first for Michigan ski resorts, Crystal Mountain is installing RFID (radio frequency identification device) ticketing and gate systems for chairlift access, moving from metal wickets and sticky paper to the newest technology. The improvements will be in place for the 2020-2021 winter season, getting skiers and snowboarders on the slopes safer and faster.
LEVEL FOUR Rooftop Bar opens Saturday
July 3, 2020
Crystal Mountain is taking cocktails and entertainment to an entirely new level with the opening of LEVEL FOUR Rooftop Bar on Saturday, just in time for the Fourth of July.
Runaway winner: Sarah Burnham sizzles, wins Michigan PGA Women’s Open
July 1, 2020
Former Michigan State University star Sarah Burnham shot a sizzling 9-under 63 and ran away with the 27th Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship on the Mountain Ridge course at Crystal Mountain on Wednesday.
Former MSU star leads first day of Michigan PGA Women's Open
June 29, 2020
Former Michigan State All-American Sarah Burnham of Maple Grove, Minn., shot an opening 7-under 65 Monday on the Mountain Ridge course at Crystal Mountain to take a two-shot lead in the 27th Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship.
Anika Dy defends Michigan PGA Women’s Open starting Monday at Crystal Mountain
June 25, 2020
Traverse City’s Anika Dy hopes to find that Crystal Mountain comfort zone that served her so perfectly a year ago.
Finn joins team as director of Sales
June 16, 2020
Finn joined Crystal Mountain after working a number of years in the hospitality, travel and group sales industry in Southeast Michigan.
Make Dad’s day with a great meal this weekend
June 15, 2020
Celebrate Dad this weekend with a Father’s Day Build-A-Dinner to Grill, designed by acclaimed Crystal Mountain chefs.
What’s open at Crystal Mountain?
June 10, 2020
As families start to plan summer vacations, Crystal Mountain serves as northern Michigan’s base camp for fun, sun, fresh air and open spaces.
Michigan Beer and Brat Festival canceled
May 28, 2020
The event had been postponed from its May 23 date, and moved to Aug. 22. After consulting with vendors, Crystal Mountain has decided to cancel the event for the safety of staff, guests and the community.
Thistle Pub and Grille opens Saturday
May 21, 2020
The restaurant, inside Kinlochen, will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hours will expand when the hotel opens, planned for May 29.
Crystal Mountain launches Crystal Clean
May 14, 2020
Crystal Mountain introduces Crystal Clean, a commitment to an enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare the resort to safely welcome back employees and guests as the Michigan economy reopens. The resort plans to open the hotel on May 29.
Crystal Mountain opens Betsie Valley golf course Wednesday
April 28, 2020
Crystal Mountain will open its Betsie Valley golf course at noon Wednesday. There will be several guidelines all golfers must adhere to so we can provide a safe and healthy environment for our community.
Crystal Mountain’s new executive chef adapts to any situation
April 27, 2020
Wenz was recently hired to manage the culinary operations of the four-season ski, golf, spa, conference center and wedding resort.
Ski, snowboard operations will end for 2019-2020 season Monday
March 15, 2020
After careful consideration of the quickly changing circumstances around COVID-19, Crystal Mountain will close all ski and snowboard operations for the 2019-2020 season effective at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16.
March at the Mountain activities scaled back
March 12, 2020
The safety of our guests, our employees and our community is our No. 1 priority. So while normal ski operations will continue at Crystal Mountain, the resort will scale back some of its March at the Mountain activities out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Gov. Whitmer’s guidance of limiting activities for 100 people.
Crystal Mountain set for snow, sun, fun throughout March
March 2, 2020
Crystal Mountain is tapping into spring excitement with four themed weekends during the month of March, all of which feature live outdoor entertainment and fun on-hill competitions and lift ticket discounts for those in costume.
NASTAR Midwest Regional Championship set for this weekend
February 24, 2020
Crystal Mountain hosts event for the second-straight year.
Michigan Beer and Brat Festival tickets on sale
January 30, 2020
This 15th annual event is the official start of summer and features more than 100 of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard ciders and meads, gourmet brats from across northwest Michigan and live entertainment.
Two gravel courses added to Up North Bike Fest
January 21, 2020
In addition to the 62-, 45-, 30- and 15-mile road routes cycling enthusiasts have come to love for more than a decade, 36-mile and 20-mile gravel routes have been added to the June 6 event.
Every trail at Crystal Mountain is open
January 14, 2020
It’s time for skiers and snowboarders to rejoice. All 58 trails are open at Crystal Mountain. Most of the trails at the resort have been open this year since Nov. 15. But a recent run of snowfall, low temperatures and the resort’s snow-making efforts have helped expedite opening the entire mountain.
Iron Fish Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike race set for Jan. 19
January 6, 2020
Registration is open for the eight annual Iron Fish Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race at Crystal Mountain on Jan. 19. The race is part of the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series of races.
Don’t fear fitness resolutions! We can help!
January 1, 2020
For some, the start of a new year is about starting new habits and setting resolutions. The thought of “getting in shape” and starting a fitness routine can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be with setting goals and the right program.
New amenity unveiled at Crystal Mountain
December 27, 2019
A newly constructed yurt is nestled atop The Backyard and North Face, and will serve as a cozy rest stop for some of the resort’s youngest skiers, aged 7 to 12, who are enrolled in Crystal Kids ski school.
Local elementary schools benefit from Share Winter, CCSC partnership
December 23, 2019
Several local elementary schools will benefit from a grant awarded by the Share Winter Foundation to Crystal Community Ski Club. The grant will help fund ski equipment and instruction, all in an effort to get kids sliding around on snow this winter.
Crystal Mountain names PR Director
December 17, 2019
Crystal Mountain has named long-time communications professional Sammie Lukaskiewicz as its Public Relations director.
Crystal Mountain ranked #2 Resort in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards
October 7, 2019
Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Crystal Mountain recognized as the No. 2 Resort in the Midwest right behind Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.
What’s new at Crystal Mountain for winter 2019/20
October 4, 2019
Over the summer the resort added another snowmaking machine to its arsenal but that’s not all that’s new for the winter of 2019/20.
Crystal Mountain promotes Stephanie Scott to VP of Retail & Wellness Services
October 2, 2019
Scott will oversee the design, development and execution of digital and on-site retail strategy, promotion and customer experience. She continues her leadership role at Crystal Spa where she has spent nearly a decade.
Michigan PGA Women's Open
June 22, 2018
An international field of professionals and amateurs take to the Mountain Ridge course for a 16th consecutive year.
13th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival
May 16, 2018
Drew Hale, The Rock Show Band and 100 Michigan craft beers spotlight the 13th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival.
Ski Magazine recognizes Crystal Mountain with Climate Change Impact Award
May 22, 2018
Crystal Mountain is one of three ski areas to be nationally recognized by SKI magazine as a 2018 Golden Eagle Award winner.
What's New at Crystal Mountain, Summer 2018
May 10, 2018
The new Mountain Market and an alpine slide anniversary among summer highlights at Crystal Mountain.
When it comes to skiing, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!
February 13, 2018
March brings five weekends of events and outdoor celebration on the slopes.
What's New at Crystal Mountain, Winter 2017-18
October 26, 2017
25 suites, Mountain Market, Bru Bar and rooftop terrace highlight what’s new at Crystal Mountain The $11 million expansion makes its debut along with new terrain features, March events and a Waffle Cabin.
Crystal Mountain promotes Chris MacInnes to President, hires Melcher as COO
May 4, 2017
Crystal Mountain is pleased to announce Chris MacInnes’ promotion to President of Crystal Enterprises Inc. and the hiring of John Melcher as the resort’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Conde Nast Traveler names Crystal Mountain among Ten Best Ski Resorts for Families in the U.S. and Canada
January 26, 2017
In the midst of its 60th anniversary celebration Crystal Mountain has even more to celebrate after being named among Conde Nast Traveler’s Ten Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
Crystal Mountain Opens All 58 Downhill Trails on an Award-Winning Day
December 28, 2016
Crystal Mountain named #2 Ski Resort in the U.S. and Canada in Liftopia’s Best in Snow voting.
Crystal Mountain Celebrates 60 Years This Winter
November 17, 2016
A Benzonia High School class project 60 years ago determined Crystal Mountain had the best terrain and snowfall in Benzie County for downhill skiing. The celebration of those student’s brilliance is among “What’s new this winter at Crystal Mountain.”
Spa industry icon visits Crystal Mountain for a unique regional training event in the Midwest
March 16, 2016
Boldijarre Koronczay’s clientele includes A-list celebrities like Channing Tatum, Paula Patton, Jessica Biel and Katherine Heigl.
Crystal Mountain to celebrate grand opening of eight new downhill trails in ‘The Backyard’ on Friday
January 13, 2016
Travel Michigan VP Dave Lorenz will be in attendance as the resort moves toward opening 100% of its terrain for the holiday weekend.
Eight new downhill trails and a triple chairlift headline ‘What’s New this Winter at Crystal’
November 5, 2015
The winter season approaches and with it eight new trails to ski and snowboard, nine new miles of fat bike trails and an $11 million expansion at the very center of the Crystal Mountain village.
Crystal Mountain included among Fodor’s list of “15 Best U.S. Resorts for Fall Getaways”
October 22, 2015
Crystal Mountain appeared eighth on the list that included just one other resort from the Midwest among destinations in locales ranging from Aspen, Colorado to the Berkshires in Massachusetts.
Crystal Mountain begins work on $11 million expansion
October 8, 2015
With construction already underway on a new ski complex, the resort finalizes details to break ground on a transformative expansion of the Inn at the Mountain.
Crystal Mountain recognized as Innovator of the Year at Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards
September 22, 2015
Crystal Mountain was named “Innovator of the Year” during the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards luncheon held earlier today at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, Michigan.