Location of the Week:
Discover the Magic of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan

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Nestled in the heart of the picturesque northern Michigan countryside, Crystal Mountain is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This four-season resort in Thompsonville, Michigan, offers visitors a delightful blend of natural beauty and world-class amenities. Whether you’re a winter sports enthusiast, a summer adventurer, or simply seeking a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Crystal Mountain has something special to offer. In this post, we survey the reasons Crystal Mountain is such a fantastic location. We captured the Crystal Mountain virtual tour on behalf of our Destination Marketing Organization partner, Traverse City Tourism. Explore the virtual tour below!

1. Year-Round Recreation

Crystal Mountain caters to visitors throughout every season of the year. In the winter, the resort transforms into a wonderland for skiers and snowboarders with over 50 downhill slopes and trails. The Michigan Legacy Art Park also offers a unique opportunity for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. As the snow melts and spring arrives, the resort provides excellent opportunities for golfing, hiking, and exploring the lush, vibrant landscapes. In the summer, the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide, biking trails, and a host of outdoor activities await. And when fall paints the landscape in a riot of colors, Crystal Mountain becomes a prime spot for leaf-peeping and scenic drives.


2. Exceptional Golfing

If you’re a golfer, Crystal Mountain is a paradise. With two beautiful championship golf courses, the Betsie Valley and Mountain Ridge courses, designed by renowned architects Bob Meyer and William Newcomb, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more charming setting for a round of golf. The courses offer varying degrees of difficulty, making them suitable for golfers of all skill levels. Rolling fairways, scenic vistas, and meticulously maintained greens are just some of the features that make these courses stand out.


3. Award-Winning Spa and Wellness

Crystal Mountain’s Crystal Spa is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. It has received numerous awards for its exceptional services and serene atmosphere. From massages to facials, body treatments, and even salon services, the spa offers a wide range of options to pamper yourself and unwind. The spa’s tranquil setting amidst the forests of northern Michigan makes it the perfect place to escape the stresses of everyday life and find inner peace.


4. Family-Friendly Fun

Families will find plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained at Crystal Mountain. The Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide, outdoor pool, and Crystal Mountain’s Edge Adventure Course provide endless excitement for kids and adults alike. In the winter, the resort offers lessons for all ages and skill levels, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the slopes.


5. Top-Notch Accommodations

Whether you prefer a cozy mountain lodge, a spacious cottage, or a luxurious suite, Crystal Mountain offers a variety of accommodations to suit your needs. Many of these options provide stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and the hospitality of the staff ensures that your stay is comfortable and memorable.


6. Local Attractions

While Crystal Mountain is a destination in its own right, its location in the heart of northern Michigan means you’re also within easy reach of other attractions. Explore the charming towns of Traverse City and Frankfort, visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, or take a scenic drive along the M-22 highway, which offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.


Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan, is a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts, relaxation seekers, and families looking to create lasting memories. With its stunning natural beauty, world-class amenities, and a wide range of activities, it’s no wonder that Crystal Mountain has become a beloved destination for Michiganders and visitors from across the country. Whether you’re hitting the slopes, teeing off on the golf course, or simply unwinding at the spa, Crystal Mountain offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of Michigan’s wilderness.

The Crystal Mountain virtual tour was captured by our Northern Michigan Creator, Qana Hoffiz. This large resort and conference center has been a customer of Threshold 360 for several years now. We previously captured content for Crystal Mountain to highlight their winter activities, such as skiing. This continuing partnership is an example of how we can return to a location and easily expand their content offering. In this case, the winter weather had prevented us access to any summer weather features at the resort. A few seasons later, Qana was able to schedule a beautiful summer day to head back to Crystal Mountain and create virtual tours of the remaining areas. The addition of this summer content showcases the diverse range of offerings Crystal Mountain has year-round for visitors and visually makes the location outstanding. Qana’s Grandview pano (framing shot) captured the pleasant summer conditions still in bloom and a great look at the sign for the resort, which conveys a welcoming feeling in the thumbnail for the location. Check out the Park At Water’s Edge Pool and the Barr Park Patio spaces within the virtual tour. These two features of the resort showcase the summer months, while the Pavilion space provides a view of the skiing facility in the offseason that lets us know what to expect when the winter weather arrives.

In this video, Dan, our Content Production Lead, breaks down what’s great about this location from a capture perspective: