Crystal Mountain Michigan

Crystal Mountain, one of Northern Michigan’s largest and most popular resorts, got its start in the unlikeliest of places… a local high school classroom. It was 1956. Ward Kreech, a geography teacher at Benzonia High School, gave his students an assignment; find the best place in Benzie County to create a ski area. From this unusual project, Buck Hills Ski Area (later named Crystal Mountain) was born.

From its beginnings, Crystal Mountain has always been a family-owned, community-focused operation. Today, the resort spans over 1,500 acres and offers top-notch skiing and snowboarding, a LEED-certified spa, and a host of outdoor activities including biking, hiking, ice skating, outdoor laser tag, and more.

After a full day of activities, you’ll greatly appreciate the gracious lodging and dining options on-site at Crystal Mountain. Depending on the size and makeup of your party, choose to stay in a fully-furnished townhome, bungalow, quaint cottage, or generously appointed hotel room or suite.


Skiing at Crystal Mountain

With more than 175 snowmaking machines and an average snowfall of about 11 feet, Crystal Mountain is the place to go for outdoor winter activities. There are 59 downhill trails, six chairlifts, two magic carpets, and three terrain park areas spread across 103 acres of skiable terrain. Plus, Crystal offers 25k of cross-country ski trails designed for classic and skate skiing techniques. Rental equipment and lessons are available. Crystal Mountain is a premier winter getaway for all.

Lift Tickets

Take the Crystal Clipper and start your downhill adventure.