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been skiing at crystal for like 8 years so I know this place pretty well. it's fun on weeknights, nobody there and 4 of 6 lifts are lit up. the blacks on Buck are really fun expecially when they get good snow. however it gets busy. clipper and loki can get 15 minute lines for a 30 second run. I think they need to make clipper a 6 pack or add another lift on the front side. also they don't build good parks for beginners. their setup is on the busiest run here so it's always flooded and you have to go through those 15 minute lines and a 5 minute ride to use it or hike up so it's really hard to learn basics like grinding a box or landing a 360. hickory and holiday in TC both have parks you can lap in 1 minute with rope tows so Crystal is really hard to learn at. also it took them until Feb to get all the parks built this season.... Full Review
This used to be our favorite place to ski. Now they are what I feel money hungry. Service is absolutely terrible. The RFID passes are a joke, they don't work half the time. I actually had a lift operator get argumentative with me claiming it was my error it didn't work. $26 burger, fries and soda in the cafeteria is absolutely ridiculous. $120 for a lift ticket insane. Super long lines. An overall attitude around the entire resort that they are doing customers a favor. I hope someone from Crystal reads this, and makes some changes. Service and a smile goes a long long way. ... Full Review
I come out here a lot and it’s a really fun place, but it is horribly crowded, Crystal clipper can get 20 minute rides for a 1 minute run which just isn’t worth it. I think they need to replace clipper with a 6 person lift like boyne has and bring back the cheers lift they removed a few years ago to have another lift on the front side. Also besides a couple runs at buck its mostly for beginners and intermediates and really should have more good blacks. However the lifts are very fast and comfy compared to other places, and they have great night skiing. Basically it’s a fun place but is way too crowded and needs more lifts with higher capacity... Full Review
I love skiing at this resort. I appreciate the COVID safety measures with masks required and limited congregating. ... Full Review
Very good place to ski by Midwest standards. Not the highest vertical, but some really good acreage and excellent variety of runs, from some top-notch glade skiing for all levels from double-black to green circle, to gorgeous trails through the woods, to steeps, to ungroomed blacks and blues with good moguls (a rarity for Michigan hills), to a variety of terrain parks. It is one of only four places in MI to have a high speed lift. The place seems a lot bigger than it is, due to the well-planned trail layout and “backside” area. Only fixable needs are that it needs another lift on the front side (Crystal Clipper, Loki, and Buck lifts her overwhelmed by crowds), and during COVID, some better lift one management is needed (simply asking people if they would like to take on another rider or pair up, to help relieve some of the lines; if uncomfortable, people could opt out). Nobody enjoys standing in 20 minute lines for a 2-minute ski run.... Full Review
Drove almost 6 hours to ski at Crystal Mountain over New Years and we were very disappointed. Long lift lines apparently due to over sold amount of lift tickets for the percentage of open areas and skiers and boarders unable to successfully navigate entering and exiting the lifts. ie, LOTS of noobs. The indifference and poor attitudes of the staff working the lifts, restaurant, shops, and pro shop really solidified my decision to never visit again. Did not stay on property.... Full Review
Cross country, down hill, fat tire trails. Wife loves the Spa. Outside and indoor hot tubs. Good restaurants!... Full Review
Family friendly 4 season resort with tons of activities for kids! Nice variety of accommodations, restaurants, skiing for every ability, trails to hike, bike or cross country ski and the Michigan Legacy Art Park is one of a kind. Many special events not just on Holidays. Great spa, fitness center and indoor pool. Not a tourist trap, a quality resort. Convenient to several cool little villages, Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, many wineries and mom & pop restaurants. ... Full Review
I’m looking at this site and seeing Crystal Mtn. getting slightly over a 3 star rating overall. This is completely bogus when 29 out of 35 reviews are all 4 and 5 star. 56 ski runs, groomed and lighted Nordic and fat tire bike trails, 36 holes of golf, premiere fitness center and indoor pool, awesome restaurants, Number 1 Spa in the State of Michigan, Conference Center, excellent condo and hotel lodging options, artists trail hike with local sculptures, Summer events like alpine slide, rock climbing wall, food and entertainment slope side. Nothing but excellent here and a great member of our Benzie County community. A definite A+ for this Region. So thankful to have this excellent, multi-faceted amenity within 20 minutes of home. ... Full Review
My family has been coming to Crystal for many years and love it. The scenery is beautiful, and the slopes are well groomed. The ski instructors make it fun for the kids and provide the confidence to try different trails. The staff is friendly and helpful, including the guys and gals managing the lifts. Just a great place to spend time with your family.... Full Review
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