Crystal Mountain

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 and hiking.


After a full day of activities, you’ll greatly appreciate the gracious lodging at Crystal Mountain. Depending on the size and makeup of your party, you have a wide variety of  lodging options—from fully-furnished homes and bungalows to quaint cottages and generously appointed hotel rooms.