Thompsonville, Mich. – Crystal Mountain is in the midst of a $10 million expansion that includes three new projects: The Crystal Mountain Spa, new slope-side residences named the Bungalows at Crystal Glen and the Crystal Coaster, Michigan's only alpine slide.
These three new projects represent the latest steps in Crystal Mountain's master plan, Emergent Directions. Upon completion of the spa, Bungalows, and alpine slide, Crystal will have invested over $50 million in resort expansion and improvements in the last decade.
"We are excited to undertake these new projects that will not only enhance our guests' experience, but further sustain Crystal as a year-round destination resort," said Jim MacInnes, president and general manager of Crystal Mountain.
The Crystal Spa
Foundation work is currently underway on The Crystal Spa, with construction scheduled for completion winter 2008/09. The 13,000 square-foot expansion to Crystal's existing indoor pool and fitness area will include 12 treatment rooms offering an array of spa services, private locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas, a manicure and pedicure area, and an outdoor meditation garden with a hot tub. The facility will also include indoor and outdoor motion studios for yoga, Pilates, stretching and aerobics classes as well as additional state-of-the-art fitness and weight training equipment.
The Crystal Spa will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified project that incorporates green building practices throughout. The design will celebrate the art and natural beauty of northern Michigan in a setting that encourages relaxation, renewal, and rejuvenation. This $4 million addition will position Crystal as the Midwest's leading destination resort for the promotion of healthy lifestyles. An array of spa services, extensive fitness programming and healthy cuisine from Crystal's Peak Performance menu will offer guests the opportunity to enhance their health and wellness.
The Bungalows at Crystal Glen
Site preparation is underway in the first phase of Crystal’s newest ski-in, ski-out residential neighborhood, The Bungalows at Crystal Glen. Design of these quaint three- and four-bedroom dwellings is influenced by early 1900s era Michigan vacation bungalows in an arts and crafts motif. Nestled in the heart of the resort village, at the base of the slopes and just steps away from Kinlochen and the Betsie Valley golf course, the Bungalows offer flexible summer, winter, and year-round ownership plans, and will also be available through Crystal's vacation rental program.
The Crystal Coaster alpine slide
Crystal Mountain is adding to its reputation as a premier year-round playground with Michigan's only alpine slide, the Crystal Coaster, set to open in June. Riders will take the Loki triple chairlift to the top, hop on a sled, and cruise down one of two parallel 250-foot-high, 1,600-foot-long curved tracks.
"From top to bottom, the rider controls the speed," explains Jim MacInnes. "'Whether it be a slow and easy ride through the beautiful terrain or action-packed excitement through the dips and high-banked turns, it's a ride that will delight people of all ages."
Crystal Mountain officials have worked in partnership with the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation in packaging $1.1 million in local, state and federal non-traditional low-interest financing, the majority coming from Benzie County Economic Development Corporation's Revolving Loan Fund. As a result of this expansion project, Crystal expects to create 32 new jobs.
Celebrating over 50 years, Crystal is a family owned resort, featuring 45 downhill slopes, 40+ km of cross-country trails, 36 holes of championship golf, lodging, dining and IACC-approved conference facilities for groups of up to 400 people. SKI Magazine rated Crystal the #1 Resort in the Midwest in 2005.