Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, Michigan
- Employment: Crystal Mountain Job Listings
- Population: Thompsonville 438
- Snow Report
- Annual Snowfall: 130″
- Ski Season: December-April
- Chamber of Commerce
- Average Cost of 1-bedroom Apartment: $475 Benzonia
- Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspaper: The Record Patriot
The Chicago Tribune calls Crystal “The Midwest’s Best Family Resort,” and both Better Homes and Gardens and L.L. Bean recognize its trails as some of the best in the nation. Cross-country (a.k.a “skinny”) skiers will enjoy the forested landscape and wonderfully relaxing resort atmosphere.
Whether you are a downhill enthusiast or strictly a Nordic fan, you will enjoy the more than 40 kilometers of cross-country trails and the 45 downhill runs. The Gorge offers a steep mogul field, while the groomed and lighted Nordic trails allow for night-skiing and solitude. Half the runs are beginning and expert, and the rest are for intermediate skiers.
If you prefer snowboarding to skiing, Crystal Mountain is happy to oblige. In fact, the resort offers lessons in both.
Snowmobiling, ice skating, sleigh rides, and indoor swimming and tennis are also easily accessible.
Summer in Michigan is far from boring. The beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan with their spectacular dunes and pine-tree surroundings are among the most beautiful in the country. Boating, fishing, waterskiing, and windsurfing are a few of the many uses for this Great Lake. The western shore of Michigan is also a great place for camping. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, (616) 326-5134, has wildlife watching, hiking, and camping opportunities. For other outdoor recreation suggestions, contact the offices of Michigan State Parks and Forests.
Benzie County has many outstanding restaurants and bars. The Wildflower is highly recommended. The resort itself has many opportunities to relax and enjoy after a challenging day on the slopes.
Crystal Mountain is in the northwest corner of Michigan, only ten miles from the coast of Lake Michigan.
Traverse City is twenty-eight miles northeast via Route 37 and U.S. 31. The resort can be seen from the highway. Cherry Capital Airport offers regular service between Chicago and Detroit on various airlines. Flights to Chicago and Detroit are available from major airlines. Ground service to the resort is available. There is no local transit system, so make sure you have your own transportation.
Apartments within the area are few and far between, so it is a good idea to visit before making a move. The local paper or a realtor for Benzie County will give you an idea of prices and availability for rentals, but going online is a quick and easy way to find what is available.
Crystal Mountain is the largest seasonal employer in the area hiring many workers for the winter and summer months. Read the listing above carefully and apply prior to the season.