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Experience an Unforgettable Summer at Crystal Mountain
May 25, 2023
Whether you’re looking for exciting events or relaxation this summer, Crystal Mountain is the place to be. This summer’s event calendar is packed with fun activities, festivals, outdoor recreation and opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Ferris State University and Crystal Mountain Sign ‘Comprehensive Partnership Agreement’
April 28, 2023
In what is being called a “Comprehensive Partnership,” Ferris State University and Crystal Mountain signed a first-of-its-kind agreement that provides a broad range of career exploration, employment and internship options for students, and training opportunities for employees.
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Daisy Fleisher named Director of Sales
April 1, 2023
Crystal Mountain is thrilled to announce Daisy Fleisher as Director of Sales. Fleisher, 42, comes to Crystal Mountain after ten years of working at hotels and resorts in Las Vegas.
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Crystal Scholarship Foundation awards more than $23,000 to local students
March 22, 2023
The Crystal Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will award more than $23,000 to deserving local students. Four new recipients were selected to receive up to $5,000 this year, plus the two recipients from 2022 will receive a Second Year Award. All CSF recipients are Crystal Mountain employees or dependents of Crystal employees.
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Return Visitors: Nonprofits unite to bring inner-city students to the slopes for a life-changing experience
March 14, 2023
National and local nonprofit organizations demonstrate the power of collaboration by bringing metro-Detroit students back to Crystal Mountain for the second year in a row.
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Matt Clayson Named President of Crystal Community Ski Club Board of Directors
December 20, 2022
Matthew Clayson has been elected as the next President of the CCSC Board of Directors, effective November 16, 2022. Crystal Community Ski Club (CCSC) was established to develop and lead programming that removes barriers in getting kids involved in winter sports. “I am excited that Matt is at the helm of our Board as CCSC plans the next steps of its future,” says Hunter Steinkamp, CCSC Operations Manager. “Matt's experience in the nonprofit, legal, and business sectors as well as his passion for snowsports will certainly be of benefit to CCSC and the youth we serve."
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Ski and ride for BACN
December 7, 2022
Make some turns and make a difference this weekend at Crystal Mountain. On Saturday, December 10, anyone ages 7+ who brings at least three nonperishable food items or personal hygiene items will receive a $20 lift ticket to ski and ride from 9:30am-4:30pm. All donations will benefit Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN).
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Winter is coming! Here's what's new for the 2022-23 season
November 14, 2022
The first day of winter is more than a month away (Dec. 21) but the slopes are already covered in the first layer of white! As skiers, snowboarders and snow-lovers alike patiently away opening day, there are a few other things guests can look forward to this winter: more snowmaking, new rental equipment, on-mountain food and drinks, and more!
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Celebrating the culture of employee sustainability
November 8, 2022
More than a dozen people are celebrating over a decade of working at Crystal Mountain. Many of them started at entry level positions and are now senior managers or part of the executive team. Those interested in starting their Crystal career are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming job fairs. Full-time, part-time, on-call and seasonal opportunities are now open.
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SAMMY Award winner, Karyn Thorr, named Crystal Mountain COO
October 27, 2022
Crystal Mountain has named Karyn Thorr chief operating officer. Thorr has been an employee for 29 years and has since managed many different departments at Crystal, but it was her passion for snowsports that landed her at the family-owned resort in 1993.
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Fall fun, foliage and relaxation happening now at Crystal Mountain
September 29, 2022
The time for a chairlift ride, bike ride or keeping warm by a campfire is now. Fall Fun Saturdays kick off at Crystal Mountain Oct. 1. Immerse yourself in the colorful trees with a bike ride or hike on miles of wooded trails, or gaze on from above via Scenic Chairlift Ride. There is plenty of fall family fun and relaxation to be had this season.
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Detroit-area man celebrates the longest golf outing streak in Crystal Mountain history
September 7, 2022
What started as a work trip in 1972 has turned into quite the golf tradition. Thanks to a brochure near the Detroit area, Don Clark visited Crystal Mountain with a group of friends in 1972 and has been back with more and more people every year since. This year they celebrated 50 years with a champagne toast.
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Crystal Mountain’s Resort K9 Ambassador continues to make a difference through the Fisher Fund
August 12, 2022
When Fisher passed away from cancer on July 22, just a few weeks shy of his tenth birthday (Aug. 12), his loss was felt near and far. Those who knew him, and those who never met him but followed him on social media, remember him by sharing their favorite photos and memories. Now, Fisher Fans are honoring and continuing his legacy of making a difference through the Fisher Fund.
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International workers experience the Crystal Difference through cultural exchange program
August 1, 2022
More than a dozen international workers at Crystal Mountain are learning what it’s like to not only work, but play, in northern Michigan. Crystal’s Human Resources team has planned several cultural activities for the group outside of work including a Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball game, a day trip to Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival, authentic potluck dinners, swimming in Crystal Lake and tubing on Platte River.
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Michigan native, Sarah White, wins Michigan PGA Women's Open
June 29, 2022
Sarah White of Caledonia shot a 9-under 63 Wednesday to rally from five shots behind and win the 29th Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship on the Mountain Ridge course at Crystal Mountain.
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Last minute decision lands Chelsea Dantonio atop the leaderboard in round two
June 28, 2022
Chelsea Dantonio, a second-year professional from East Aurora, N.Y., shot a 5-under in round two of the Michigan PGA Women's Open. After two rounds on Mountain Ridge, the 24-year-old is sitting at two under par heading into the last 18 of 54 holes for the final round.
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Sandra Angulo Minarro leads Michigan PGA Women's Open in after round one
June 27, 2022
Sandra Angulo Minarro, a 33-year-old professional from Port St. Lucie, Fla., shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to lead after the first round of the 29th Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Monday. Olivia Stoll of Haslett, Mich., the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman Golfer of the Year for Grand Valley State University, shot 70 to stand alone in second. Jocelyn Bruch, an amateur from Carmel, Ind., had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the par 3 No. 12 hole, which was playing into the wind at 170 yards for the first round. She shot 74.
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Crystal Mountain celebrates 20 years as host of Michigan PGA Women's Open
June 23, 2022
“Whether they’re a pro or amateur, the players in the Michigan PGA Women’s Open are unique and fun to watch,” said Greg Babinec, PGA Head Professional at Crystal. “The ladies swing with grace, you can learn something from them, and overall the event is a fun social setting to catch up with local players and meet new talent from around the world.”
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Crystal Mountain named to 2022 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
June 17, 2022
Crystal Mountain has been named one of “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” for the second year in a row, further distinguishing the four-season resort as a phenomenal place for a career.
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Crystal Mountain hosts the most popular 3D archery event in the nation
June 10, 2022
The largest 3D archery event in the nation is happening this weekend at Crystal Mountain. Thousands of archers from all across the country are gathered in Thompsonville for the Total Archery Challenge. This is the only event of its kind in Michigan this year.
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Redesigned Bike Park opens for 2022 season with new trails, features, race events and bike carriers
May 17, 2022
Saturday, May 21, our new and improved Bike Park opens for the 2022 season. It's designed for bikers of all skill levels and features technical berms, rock gardens, flowy rollers, and five new downhill trails. Also new for 2022, bike carriers have been added to the Crystal Clipper high-speed chairlift, so trips to the top of the mountain for another lap down will be quicker than ever. To celebrate it all, there is a long list of new and returning bike events on the calendar this season. Check it out!
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Good For Michigan recognizes Crystal Mountain with 2022 Good For Workforce Award
May 16, 2022
Crystal Mountain is one of five Michigan businesses to be recognized by Good For Michigan as a 2022 Good For Michigan Award winner.
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Buy your ticket now for the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival for a chance to win $500 to Crystal Mountain
May 10, 2022
The Michigan Beer and Brat Festival returns to Crystal mountain after a wo-year hiatus! More than 1,300 pounds of brats and 140,000 ounces of beers, wine, hard cider and spirits has been ordered for the event on may 28. But your ticket before May 21 for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Crystal Mountain!
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From the womb to the greens, Mother-Daughter golf duo comes full circle at Crystal Mountain
May 5, 2022
A shared love of golf is a pretty strong bond. But the love shared by a mother and daughter who golf together at Crystal Mountain is magical. Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, head coach of women’s golf at Michigan State University, was 8 months pregnant when she played in the Michigan Women's Open Pro-Am at Crystal Mountain in 2003. Now, her daughter is a collegiate golfer competing in the same tournament 20 years later.
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Two students receive scholarships from the Crystal Scholarship Foundation
April 28, 2022
The Crystal Scholarship Foundation (CSF) is continuing to help deserving, local students further their education beyond high school. Now in its second year of awarding scholarships, two students have been chosen to receive up to $5,000: Megan Gydesen and Craig Seger. The scholarship is open to Crystal Mountain employees and their dependents.
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Crystal Mountain hosting multiple summer job fairs to fill more than 50 open positions
April 11, 2022
After a successful winter sliding on snow, Crystal Mountain is getting ready for another busy season - summer! And the resort wants you to be a part of its award-winning team. Check out more than 50 open positions across several different departments by attending one of three upcoming job fairs.
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Save on spa services with Crystal Spa Days and meet new Spa Manager, Laurie Peet
April 7, 2022
Melt the stress away this spring with Crystal Spa Days at Crystal Mountain. April 8-May 15 enjoy $40 off Monday-Thursday and $20 off Friday-Sunday. While you're there, be sure to say hello to the new Crystal Spa Manager, Laurie Peet!
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Egg-citing things happening Easter weekend at Crystal Mountain
March 30, 2022
Rest easy when you hop on over to Crystal Mountain for Easter weekend! There are plenty of spring activities lined up for Saturday including painting crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy Easter brunch either in person or order brunch to-go. Lodging discounts, Crystal Spa Days and Golf are all happening, too!
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Crystal Mountain Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day
March 30, 2022
Crystal Mountain is championing that “Meetings Matter” on Global Meetings Industry Day, an international day of advocacy held on March 30 to showcase the essential nature and incredible value created by business meetings, trade shows, conferences and conventions.
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Michigan Beer and Brat Festival returns to Crystal Mountain
March 24, 2022
The Michigan Beer and Brat Festival is returning to Crystal Mountain after a two-year hiatus – cheers to that! The popular Memorial Day weekend event features Michigan-made craft brews, meads, hard ciders, wines, liquors and, of course, locally sourced brats. Buy your ticket in advance and save!
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Northern Michigan ski coach inducted into the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association Hall of Fame
March 23, 2022
A northern Michigan ski coach with a well-known family history in area ski racing, and longtime ties with Crystal Mountain, has been inducted into the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA) Hall of Fame. Shaun Johnson, 67, is the first ski coach from Benzie Central to be inducted since MHSSCA was founded in 1988.
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Breaking down barriers and building up diversity within outdoor recreation
March 16, 2022
According to a 2021 participation survey from the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation across the country lacks diversity. Crystal Mountain and Crystal Community Ski Club (CCSC) are working together to build partnerships and engage groups to help change that – all while helping reduce barriers to participating in outdoor activities.
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2022-2023 Premier Season Pass Sale is LIVE!
March 9, 2022
The 2022-23 Premier Season Pass Sale is the best deal of the year for adults, juniors, seniors, college students, military heroes, healthcare workers and children. The prices will never be lower to ensure unlimited skiing and riding all season long, plus Passholder Perks!
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Skier and snowboarder to stop at Crystal Mountain in attempt to break Guinness World Record
Feb. 25, 2022
Michigan skier Kyle Kelly and snowboarder friend Brad Dykstra will stop at Crystal Mountain in their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most ski areas skied in a 24-hour period. Kelly and Dykstra have 22 ski areas on their list. The previous record of 17 was set in Japan in 2017.
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CCSC Racers Heading to State Finals
February 24, 2022
Several Crystal Community Ski Club racers qualified for Michigan High School Athletic Association 2022 Skiing Championships in alpine ski divisions.
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Ski and Ride for a cause and celebrate sun and snow during March at the Mountain
February 14, 2022
Celebrate the start of spring with fun activities on the mountain every weekend in March. The Teddy Knape Fest returns February 19 and March at the Mountain kicks off March 5th with Mardi Gras!
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Crystal Community Ski Club Nordic Team competing in High School State Championship
February 9, 2022
Crystal Community Ski Club has six athletes from its Crystal Nordic team headed to the Michigan High School Nordic State Championship in Ishpeming this weekend. Around 100 high school skiers from clubs and high schools across the state are expected to compete. The state championship is just one of several race events Crystal Nordic has successfully competed in this year.
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The Pumping Service Pump Track Returns
February 4, 2022
After its debut last year as the first ski and snowboard pump track in Michigan, The Pumping Service Pump Track has returned to Crystal Mountain. “Our new branding has been in front of thousands of skiers and riders on the hill," Nate Geeting, co-owner of The Pumping Service, said. "We have had several local residents tell us they’ve seen our signs.”
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Spas of America names Crystal Spa #1 spa in Michigan, #10 in North America
January 24, 2022
Since 2009, Crystal Spa has made the Spas of America Top 100 list. The 2021 list includes 83 spas from the U.S. with Crystal Spa as the top-ranked spa in Michigan and No. 10 in North America. “It’s such an honor to be ranked number one among all of the incredible spas in our state,” Vice President of Retail and Wellness Stephanie Scott said. “Our talented team works so hard, so it’s very exciting to share the news with them and let them know their passion and hard work does not go unnoticed.”
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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.
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All 58 downhill runs and 103 acres of skiable terrain now open!
January 15, 2022
If opening day is the most exciting day of the season, the second most exciting day of the season is here: All 58 slopes across 103 skiable acres are 100% open as of Jan. 15 – three weeks earlier than last season. With Mother Nature dumping more than a foot of snow this month and snowmakers running the snow guns for more than 450 hours so far this season, skiers and riders have a base of up to 54 inches at Crystal Mountain.
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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!
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Additional winter investment in the pipeline at Crystal Mountain
April 5, 2021
More snow guns, water pipe heading to the resort for next winter.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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NASTAR Midwest Regional Championship set for this weekend
February 24, 2020
Crystal Mountain hosts event for the second-straight year.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Crystal Mountain names PR Director
December 17, 2019
Crystal Mountain has named long-time communications professional Sammie Lukaskiewicz as its Public Relations director.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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