As families start to plan summer vacations, Crystal Mountain serves as northern Michigan’s base camp for fun, sun, fresh air and open spaces.
It’s a slightly different time to vacation, so resort activities have opened in phases with safety, sanitation and social distancing guidelines in place. There are markers and queues to show guests how far to stand away from each other, physical barriers in some locations to help keep visitors apart and a strengthened focus on cleaning as part of the resort’s Crystal Clean initiative.
“We’re excited to open for summer and to welcome guests back to the place we all love,” John Melcher, Crystal Mountain chief operating officer, said. “For more than 60 years, Crystal Mountain has been inviting people to explore the outdoors and northwest Michigan, and after diligent work and creative thinking, our team has modified our operations to meet the new demands for outdoor recreation and safe family fun.”
Crystal Mountain’s unique location serves as a gateway to some Pure Michigan vacation favorites off site like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, fishing charters, water tubing and kayaking on the Platte River to name a few.
But it’s the activities you can do at the 1,500-acre resort that make Crystal Mountain stand out from other vacation destinations. Fresh air, open spaces, outdoor fun, a bevy of resort activities and unparalleled hospitality and guest service set Crystal Mountain apart.
Here’s a list of activities and resort options that are currently open or in the process of opening at Crystal Mountain. Some additional fees may apply for activities and services. Please check www.crystalmountain.com for pricing, details and schedules.
Biking: Pedal around our quaint village, enjoy the serenity surrounding our lush golf courses or jump on an off-road trail. A family-friendly ride is perfect for the family on-the-go, and Crystal Mountain trails connect with the some Michigan Department of Natural Resources trails. If you’ve never been mountain biking, ask our experts for a lesson and an introduction to our trails. We have 80 rental bikes – or bring your own! Rentals are available. Helmets and trail maps are provided. Stop by the Park at Water’s Edge to begin your ride! For bike reservations, please call 888-968-7686 ext. 7000.
Dining at Crystal Mountain: The Thistle Pub and Grille serving inside Kinlochen and outside in the Rose Garden is open for dining and takeout daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Betsie River Pizza and Subs is also open daily for takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Plaza (in front of the Pro Shop is open, as is the Beach House. Mountain Market also has grab-and-go items.
Golf: Crystal Mountain’s two championship golf courses are open and ready to take your tee time here.
Hotel and Accommodations: Stay where you play. From hotel rooms to cottages, bungalows and mountaintop retreats, Crystal Mountain is taking lodging reservations online and at (855) 995-5146.
Mountain Market: Crystal Mountain’s grocery and retail store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Michigan Legacy Art Park: Michigan Legacy Art Park is on the grounds of Crystal Mountain, in densely wooded, 30-acre preserve with 1.6 miles of hiking trails. The Art Park features more than 50 sculptures, poetry stones and an outdoor amphitheater. Each sculpture interprets, in its own way, a piece of Michigan’s history. The Art Park is open from dawn to dusk and is accessible by foot.
PEAK Fitness: Peak Fitness is the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center and pool. Social distancing will be in place so occupancy levels have changed. Please call 888-968-7686 ext. 7300 for pool and fitness center details or visit us online.
Archery: Try your hand with a bow and arrow at the archery range at Crystal Mountain. With target distances of 30 feet, the archery range is beginner friendly but challenging enough for the seasoned archer. Call or visit the Mountain Adventure Zone to make your reservation, 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
Bru Bar: Warm up with a specialty coffee or try something a little stronger like an Irish coffee. From coffee to spirits, the Bru Bar is a great place to start any morning or wind down and relax with friends.
Chairlift Rides: Ride our Crystal Clipper chairlift and enjoy panoramic views of three counties and top-of-the-mountain attractions including musical entertainment, snack bar, cash bar and more. Chairlift rides are available Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Call or visit the Park at Water’s Edge for more information, 888-968-7686 ext. 7000.
Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide: The Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide will take your breath away! Ride the Loki Quad chairlift to the top of the mountain, hop on a specially-designed sled and cruise down one of two parallel, 1,700-foot-long curved tracks. You control the speed in this action-packed thrill ride with dips, high-bank turns and spectacular views. Visit the Mountain Adventure Zone to purchase tickets. For more information, please call 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
Disc Golf: Play a round or two on Crystal Mountain’s nine-hole disc golf course starting Saturday. Disc Golf is open and can be accessed on foot by following a marked path up the mountain. Visit the Mountain Adventure Zone to purchase tickets. For more information, please call 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
Family Crafts: Craft time is the best time. Crystal Mountain offers everything from Build-a-Buddy to painting birdhouses, piggy banks and canvases. You can even make your own pillow. Please call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500 to reserve a family picnic table for craft time.
Laser Tag: Use your tactical skills in our outdoor arena and challenge your family and friends to this heart racing, adrenaline pumping adventure. Call or visit the Mountain Adventure Zone to make your reservation at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
Nature Hike to the Yurt: Take a nature hike to the North Face ski run. This 30-minute guided hike includes a snack break at the yurt, a discussion on the nature of Crystal Mountain and a lesson in knot-tying. Please call or visit the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
Outdoor Pool and Water Playground: Crystal Mountain’s Park at Water’s Edge is a one-acre, outdoor water playground that provides a great time for kids of all ages. The highlight of the park is a 4,200 square-foot pool featuring a zero-depth entry pool and three lap lanes. We have adjusted out occupancy for social distancing, so Park Pool entry will be limited to resort house guests staying through Crystal Mountain, Four Seasons Club Members and guests of Four Seasons Club Members only. Reservations are highly recommended. Guests and Members without reservations are welcome if space is available. To make your reservation, please call 888-968-7686 ext. 7000.
Tennis and Pickleball: Practice your backswing on one of our outdoor tennis and pickleball courts. Courts are on Mountain Center Road, directly across the street from our Golf Practice and Learning Center. The courts are open daily during daylight hours. Use of the tennis and pickleball courts is complimentary for houseguests staying at Crystal Mountain and Four Seasons Club Members. Reservations required, please call the Peak Fitness Center at 888-968-7686 ext. 7300.
Crystal Spa: At the heart of the Crystal Mountain community is Crystal Spa, a place of relaxation and well-being. Crystal Spa opens Monday. As we ramp up our services, please check our menu for the spa services such as massages, facials and manicures/pedicures that we are currently offering.
About Crystal Mountain:
Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings and a conference center. Visit www.CrystalMountain.com.