Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Thompsonville, MI. We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Crystal Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Crystal Mountain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Crystal Mountain Lodging:

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Crystal Mountain has a total of 45 ski trails, which are serviced by 8 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Crystal Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 85 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 34 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
85(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,132 feet, or 345 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 757 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 375 feet (114 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Crystal Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,132'(345 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
375'(114 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
757'(231 m)

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
33.1out of 100
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Crystal Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Crystal Mountain has 85 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Crystal Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 25% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 75%.
25%(21 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
49%(42 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
26%(22 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Crystal Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Crystal Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Location

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Thompsonville, MI.

Thompsonville, MI 49683 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.51000, -86.00000

Getting to Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Crystal Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.51000, -86.00000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Thompsonville, MI to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.

Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI144 mi
O'Hare International AirportORDChicago, IL199 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Crystal Mountain.

Cherry Capital AirportTVCTraverse City, MI26 mi
Muskegon County AirportMKGMuskegon, MI93 mi
Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County AirportPLNPellston, MI94 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Caberfae PeaksBoon, MI1,545 ft35%24 mi
Ski BruleBoon, MI1,861 ft37%24 mi
Snow SnakeHarrison, MI1,230 ft28%24 mi
Swiss ValleyJones, MI1,200 ft31%24 mi
Mt. HolidayTraverse City, MI440 ft35%28 mi
Schuss Mountian at Shanty CreekBellaire, MI1,125 ft35%49 mi
Timber RidgeGobles, MI941 ft23%59 mi
Hanson HillsGrayling, MI1,362 ft15%62 mi
Alpine ValleyElmira, MI1,210 ft32%64 mi
Boyne MountainBoyne Falls, MI1,120 ft27%69 mi
TreetopsGaylord, MI1,345 ft28%76 mi
Petoskey Sports ParkPetoskey, MI791 ft0%78 mi
BittersweetGrant, MI850 ft28%79 mi
Nubs NobHarbor Springs, MI1,338 ft30%85 mi

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,132 ft
Base Elevation757 ft
Vertical Drop375 ft
(25% Beginner,  49% Intermediate,  26% Expert)
Skiable Acres85
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats