Crystal Mountain certainly has a number of events and unique activities in which to enjoy the fall color season but the beautiful views of the Betsie Valley and nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore make it one of Fodor’s Travel’s 15 Best US Resorts for Fall Getaways (2015). Michigan’s Gold Coast along M-22 (just 20 minutes from the resort) was the first mention in Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Best Fall Color Drives.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to take in the scenery on-mountain like chairlift rides each Saturday from 11am-1pm and…
Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Festival, October 15
Now in its 11th year, the Founders Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic features a 10.5 mile course through and around the single-tracks and slopes of Crystal Mountain with three waves – beginner (1 lap), intermediate (2 laps) and professional/expert (3 laps). Chairlift rides, live entertainment, family fun activities and games, food and Founders beer will be available in the festival area at the base of the slopes throughout the day – admission is free to spectators. Register for the race at endomanpromotions.com.
Crystal Spa Days, October 1 – November 6
October is not only a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp autumn air and vibrant colors but special pricing on a menu of 50-minute services at the award-winning Crystal Spa. Nearly a dozen services are available from $69 (Sunday–Friday) and $79 on Saturday.
Spooktacular Saturdays offer a haunted trail and family fun, October 15, 22, 29
The last three Saturdays in October you can ride the Loki quad chairlift up the mountain and follow the lanterns back down a Spooky (but family friendly) Trail from 7-9pm ($7 per person, kids 6-and-under free). Spooktacular Saturday (2-6pm) will lead up to the evening’s haunted hike featuring wagon rides, a petting zoo, caramel apples, pumpkin carving and more.
IN OTHER NEWS, Former Crystal Junior Elite Player earns PGA Tour card
Ryan Brehm, a former and long-time student of Brad Dean in the Crystal Mountain Junior Elite program, is on his way to the PGA Tour. The Michigan State alum won the Winco Foods Portland Open in late-August to finish fourth on the Web.com Tour’s money list to earn his tour card.