Crystal Mountain

Karl Klockars
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Why We Love It

  • Recently named among the Top 10 Best Family Ski Resorts in North America by Conde Nast Traveler
  • Currently undergoing an $11 million expansion to add new hotel rooms and suites, an open-air terrace, wine and coffee bar, plus a specialty outdoor market 
  • The resort's 58 runs, four terrain parks and a snowsports school offers a great ski and snowboard experience for beginners to experts
  • Plenty to do outside ski season -- 36 holes of championship golf and a full-service spa are on site, and other off-slope activities include fat-tire biking and snowshoeing

"Delivers way more than you’d expect in the Midwest" -- Chicago magazine
Enjoyed This
(21 Member Ratings)
"Beautiful area, friendly staff."
Nov 08, 2016
Midland, MI, USA

Map & Directions

Crystal Mountain is 50 minutes southwest of Traverse City, 2.5 hours north of Grand Rapids and Lansing, 4 hours north of Detroit and 5 hours north of Chicago. Flights are available into Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport daily. 

Rooms & Rates

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The "instantly charming" Crystal Mountain resort is "the kind of high-touch resort experience more commonly found out West," says Chicago magazine. Most recognize this resort as a winter ski resort, but this four-season destination in Northern Michigan offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for guests of all ages.

Wintertime activities abound, of course, but first and foremost is skiing: praises Crystal Mountain as one of the best ski resorts in the Midwest. The resort's 58 downhill slopes serviced by sevenchairlifts offer runs for green-dot beginners to seasoned black-diamond down-hillers. Non-skiiers have options as well -- horse-drawn surrey rides are available on select days, as are snowshoe trails, ice hockey, snowmobile tours and fat-tire snow biking.

Warmer seasons don't slow down the on-site activities. Kids love the Alpine Slide, a sort of warm-weather bobsled ride. Tennis courts, disc golf, a climbing wall, outdoor pool, paintball and laser tag courses and a high-ropes adventure course are all on site. Golfers can choose between two Golf Digest-praised courses -- both the Mountain Ridge Course and Betsie Valley Course earn 4-star ratings. Fodor's Travel also recently named Crystal Mountain one of the 15 Best U.S. Resorts for Fall Getaways.

The resort features more than 240 hotel rooms, suites, condos, townhomes and resort residences, all against the backdrop of beautiful Northern Michigan. Nearly all units feature complimentary Wi-Fi. Select units are pet-friendly, and kids under 6 eat breakfast for free with a paying adult. 

Multiple dining options are available throughout the resort including the Thistle Pub & Grille, as well as an on-site grocery and bistro for sandwiches and pizzas as well as beer and wine. The full-service, 18,500 square foot Crystal Spa offers Swedish massage, aromatherapy baths, body wraps and nail services along with amenities like heated floors, steam rooms, infrared saunas and an outdoor garden with a hot tub. 

If you're looking to explore a little more of Northern Michigan, head 28 miles north to find out why Midwest Living named Traverse City the "Greatest Midwest Town." The idyllic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, once named the Most Beautiful Place in America by ABC's Good Morning America, is a 40-minute drive away.

From the press:
  • "A destination for all seasons, Crystal Mountain wows with its wide variety of lodgings and classy amenities" -- Midwest Living



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room


  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Business center
  • ATM
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 5pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free with a paid adult,Cribs available on request: $5 (subject to tax) per night. Extra bed (Aerobed) available on request: $15 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request in select units and will be charged $50 per stay. Please request a pet-friendly accommodation when reserving your lodging. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: A resort fee of 11% (subject to tax) per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out. This fee includes shuttle service, wireless internet, business center, a variety of family activities, fitness classes and other services provided by the resort.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(21 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Crystal Mountain Resort over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Jetted tub!
Nicholas Mar 19, 2017 Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful area, friendly staff.
Other Comments
Rated low on Ambiance and Room categories since our room was right across the new addition to the hotel which is under construction so the view was less than stellar also the noise started early on Saturday.
Lina Nov 08, 2016 Midland, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful scenery. The inn wa gorgeous too.
Other Comments
Very nice staff.
Carol Nov 01, 2016 Livonia , MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Veronica Oct 17, 2016 Hemlock, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Big jacuzzi in the room
Kumi Oct 11, 2016 Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
There were many paths to hike on. It was clean with a friendly atmosphere.
Other Comments
The parking lot was almost empty yet we were given a room that overlooked the construction site. It seems like we could have had a room with a much better view. We left a day early because of the rain that was moving inIt was nice that we were able to get a refund for our 2nd night.
Deborah Oct 10, 2016 Plainfield, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location is beautiful. The cottage interior design and courtyards were very nice. The front desk staff was helpful. Just wish that whole process was better thought trough and was smoother.
Other Comments
The room that we initially received was facing an active construction site. Facing the construction site would not only defeat the purpose of driving 3 hours out of the city limits to unite with the nature, but it would also leave no hope of catching up on the sleep we needed. We asked to be transferred to a different room and were given a nice room in a different building. The only problem - the room was not ready. Beds were not made, bathroom not cleaned, dishes not washed, carpet not vacuumed. No house maintenance staff on the premises on Sunday evening to do it either. We were transferred for the thrid time into a very nice cottage. It made up for the earlier troubles, but we would be equally content with either of the previous accommodations if they were ready for the new guests. After all of the transfers we decided to visit the restaurant on-site for a dinner. The food was overpriced and not very tasty. The service was unattentive.
Michael Sep 28, 2016 KALAMAZOO, MI, USA

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