Visit Crystal Mountain any time of the year. Ranked as the #1 Resort in the Midwest, Crystal Mountain offers 45 downhill slopes and excellent cross country ski trails in the winter where the snow averages about 80 to 100 inches.
But the resort, which has a fabulous spa, also offers elegant dining at their Thistle Pub & Grille, family friendly dining at Wild Tomato Restaurant & Bar, deli items at the Little Betsie Bistro & Grocery and the seasonal Beach House and Clipper Cafe.
During warmer weather, the resort’s two distinctly different golf courses – both of which have received a four-star rating from Golf Digest magazine – are Crystal Mountain’s Mountain Ridge golf course and the Betsie Valley golf course.
There’s also Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide, the only one in the state, where riders take the Loki triple chairlift to the top of the mountain, jump on a specially-designed sled, and hurl down one of two parallel 250-foot-high, 1,600-foot-long curved tracks.
Summer fun includes Crystal’s Park at Water’s Edge, a one-acre, outdoor water playground, with a 4,200 square-foot pool, and a sand play area, outdoor hot tub and 32-ft climbing wall.
The area is also beautiful in fall weather when the mountains are a blaze of color.
The 30-acre Michigan Legacy Art Park features a collection of 40 sculptures and 20 poetry stones along a 1.6-mile hiking path. Each sculpture and poem were created to express the Michigan experience, providing visitors with a personal connection to the people, events and natural resources that continue to shape our great state.
Visit the Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm, an 1873 farmstead belonging to the Rau family. Here Di Rau, a lily hybridizer, grows acres of daylilies, and her husband, Don creates metal and glass art. Walk through their extensive gardens and follow the Glass Trail, where bottles on poles create glass trees that glimmer in the light. See the barn that Di’s great grandfather built in the 1800s. Buy some of Di’s lilies such as Betsie River Velma’s Love and Betsie River Michelle Diane.