Crystal Mountain Resort readies for winter season


The resort has made $4 million in improvements to its facilities, including more than $1 million spent to upgrade its lodging options. Courtesy Crystal Mountain Resort

Although the leaves have barely begun to change colors, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa is already focusing on the upcoming winter and the winter sports season.

The snowboarding and skiing destination in Benzie County announced it has made $4 million worth of improvements both on and off the slopes.

The resort has completed construction on the new Buck Quad Chairlift and slope expansion. According to Crystal Mountain, the new ski-under lift will move more skiers per hour to the top of the hill, and adds new skiable terrain including the new Buckaroo slope and Buck Glades. A new Gorge Glades area also is 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 grooming in steep areas such as the Gorge. The ability to push snow uphill will also come in handy each spring, according to the resort.

Interior upgrades include a complete remodel of dining spot The Wild Tomato, including a 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 also continues to invest in its lodging options, with more than $1 million 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.

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