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.
Chairlift rides are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Times vary by day, so please visit our website for details.
“Autumn in northern Michigan is truly breathtaking,” John Melcher, chief operating officer for the resort, said. “And there’s no better way to see the fall colors than from soaring in a Crystal Mountain chairlift ride where you’re right in the middle of it all.”
Come for the day, or spend a few days. Crystal Mountain is a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, salmon and steelhead fishing in the Betsie and Platte rivers and the 45th Parallel, where world-class wineries are in the middle of fall harvest.
But that’s not all. Autumn at Crystal Mountain is special for the entire family, and the resort has a number of safe activities planned for all fall color enthusiasts all month long in the surroundings of world-class accommodations that feature dining, retail and award-winning Crystal Spa.
FALL FUN SATURDAYS
Get outside and have some family fun during Fall Fun Saturdays. Join us Saturday, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 for a day full of fall activities that everyone is sure to enjoy.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Bike Rental at the Mountain Adventure Zone
Take a bike ride around the resort to see all of the beautiful fall colors. Bring your own bike or rent one from us, we have paved and gravel trails.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Disc Golf at the Mountain Adventure Zone
Challenge your family and friends to a fun game of disc golf. The Crystal Mountain course begins at the top of Loki, so soak in the views and enjoy an afternoon outdoors.
10 a.m.: Fall Mountain Bike Color Tour
Ride the sections of the iconic Peak2Peak race course and Betsie River Pathway at a leisurely tour pace. You’ll get all the beauty with less sweat!
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Alpine Slide
The Crystal Coaster is Michigan’s only Alpine Slide. Take a scenic ride on a sled where you control the speed.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Chairlift Ride + Hike
Ride up the Loki chairlift and soak in the fall foliage. After, you’ll take a stroll down the hill for a little exercise along a scenic walk down the mountain.
Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Pumpkin Painting at the Mountain Adventure Zone
Reserve a table and decorate a pumpkin! We’ll provide the pumpkin and supplies for $9.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
View the fall colors around the heart of the resort by wagon, led by a team of gentle Belgian Draft horses. Rides are $12 per person, age three and under free with paying adults. Reservations required, call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500. Masks are required for all paying riders.
2 to 3:30 p.m.: Pumpkin Painting at the Mountain Adventure Zone
3 p.m. and 6 p.m.: Outdoor Laser Tag at the Mountain Adventure Zone
Challenge your crew to this heart racing, adrenaline pumping adventure. Outdoor Laser Tag is $15 per person, geared for ages 6 and up. Reservations required by calling call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
4 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Archery
Take aim with a bow and arrow for this family friendly activity. Archery is $19 per person, geared for ages 7 and up. Reservations required, call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER
SPA DAYS: Enjoy select services at special prices on our most popular spa treatments. Ask about our newest feature: the Gemstone Facial. Visit https://www.crystalmountain.
PUMPKIN PATCH: Visit our pumpkin patch any day in October and take a pumpkin home to carve or decorate! Visit the Mountain Adventure Zone for your perfect pick. Pumpkins are just $5 each. (Begins Oct. 17.)
SCARECROW WALK: This free activity is fun for all ages. Grab a map from the Mountain Adventure Zone and explore the resort for themed scarecrows. Resort staff are building scarecrows for this fun competition. Vote for your favorite and watch for the winner on our social media channels. (Begins Oct. 17.)
FITNESS OPTIONS FOR ALL: Check out our fitness options this October. From biking the trails to archery and yoga, our fitness and recreation staff have come up with exercise class and fitness options for everyBODY. The complete class schedule is here: https://www.crystalmountain.
GOLF: The perfect drive happens after the perfect drive to Crystal Mountain. Visit https://www.crystalmountain.
Ski and snowboard Crystal premier passes for winter are also on sale for $325. The very best in pricing is available until Thursday, when prices increase to $399. Purchase here: https://www.crystalmountain.
Enjoy Crystal Mountain from our Four Seasons Club, a great way to enjoy every season at the Midwest’s finest golf and ski resort. A Four Seasons Club members includes cool perks and special invitations to members-only events. Visit https://www.crystalmountain.
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 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Peak Fitness, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings, a conference center and real estate options. Visit www.CrystalMountain.com for more resort details or information about Four Season Club memberships.