The new Crystal Spa at [R123R, Crystal Mountain], Mich., set to open in December, is one of only six LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified spa facilities in the nation. Throughout construction of the 18,500- square-foot building, crews separated excess wood and cement materials for recycling. An environmentally-friendly foam insulation creates a seal throughout the building that maximizes energy efficiency for heating and cooling.

Other features include compact fluorescent lighting, motion sensors on restroom fixtures, ground water heat pump, and an automated power control system that will only further enhance the energy efficiency.

"We believe in promoting healthy lifestyles at Crystal Mountain," says Crystal President Jim MacInnes. "The facilities we construct at the resort are just as central to that philosophy as the spa services and fitness activities that we provide our guests."

Crystal long has been committed to serving as a leader in environmental stewardship. They were the first Michigan ski resort to use renewable energy to power its high-speed lift, the Crystal Clipper. The resort is part of the Green Lodging Michigan program, and the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club has recognized the resort's environmental efforts with its White Pine Award for extraordinary dedication to protection of the environment.

The new spa will include 12 treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure area, locker rooms, steam rooms, infrared saunas, and a private meditation garden with hot tub. The facility also will include an indoor pool, fitness and strength-training equipment, and indoor and outdoor motion studios for classes such as yoga and Pilates.