|Loki-Quad chairlift (photos courtesy Crystal Mountain)|
NEW! Downhill Mountain Bike Trails via Loki-Quad chairlift
The terrain so popular with skiers and snowboarders now offers an adrenaline rush in the summer with four newly cut downhill mountain bike trails. Accessible from the Loki-Quad chairlift ($20 all-day lift pass), three trails include tight corners and features like log piles, drop jumps, ramps and two manmade portable jumps at the base of the mountain with the fourth appealing to the cross-country rider.
NEW! Mountain Bike Camps and Lessons
A beginner (13 and older) Mountain Bike Camp will be held August 4-5 with a Women-only Camp, August 11-12. Cost for the two-day camp is $199 and includes mountain bike rental. Two-hour private (from $59), semi-private (from $49) and group (from $39) mountain bike lessons are available all summer long. Need a bike? Crystal has a new fleet of 29” Oval and full-suspension Kona mountain bikes.
This summer learn to fly fish, mountain bike, rock climb or lifeguard with two-hour private, semi-private or group (3 or more) lessons.
NEW! Another 100 feet of Alpine Slide
The addition of the Loki-Quad chairlift, and its new location at the base of the slopes, necessitated an additional 100 feet of track on the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide. Michigan’s only alpine slide is set to open on Memorial Day Weekend.
NEW! Hooked for Life
Crystal Mountain is partnering with Captain Ben Wolfe of Wolfe Outfitters to explore one of the country’s most diverse fisheries. On-premise casting clinics are available for free. Private (from $59), semi-private (from $49) and group (from $39) casting and fly fishing lessons as well as guided trips are available on the area’s blue ribbon trout and salmon streams.
NEW! Lake Michigan Comes to Michigan Legacy Art Park
Michigan has taken its place among more than 40 outdoor sculptures in Legacy Art Park. The steel sculpture is part of a series by Brian Ferriby called the Great Lakes Project, created to bring attention to water conservation and the role the Great Lakes have played in Michigan’s history.
NEW! Destination: Adventure by Crystal Spa, June 15-17
This three-day getaway offers a balance of activity, reconnection and recovery. Each morning focuses on fitness with a selection of programs like Beach Body Boot Camp, Bosu Blast, Yoga, Outdoor Adventure Zumba®, a mountain hike through Legacy Art Park, rock climbing, Aqua-Fit, running and tennis. The afternoon offers the opportunity to learn how to kayak, mountain bike or fly fish. Friday features a tour of Crystal’s Farmer’s Market with Chef Glenn Noffsinger as he presents Peak Performance Cooking. Of course, there will be plenty of time set aside for a complimentary 50-minute treatment at Crystal Spa. The three-day package is $355 per adult with special lodging rates available from $139 per person, per night.
One of the most popular activities over the last two summers at Crystal Mountain has been paintball. In addition to the Speedball course located near the Mountain Adventure Zone, this summer Crystal will also offer a Woods Course located on the back-half of the property just off Mountain Center Drive.
Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort with one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, Spa Magazine’s Best Midwest Spas three years running, named among the inaugural Detroit Free Press 16 Green Leaders in Michigan and recognized as one of Conde Nast Travelers 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America (2011) . Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, golf, alpine slide, water park, lodging, dining, countless year-round outdoor activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.