Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Crystal Mountain Announces $10 Million Expansion

Crystal Mountain is about to embark on a $10 million expansion that will include three new projects: a full-service destination spa, new slope-side residences named the Bungalows at Crystal Glen and 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.

Loki Alpine Slide
Crystal Mountain will add to its reputation as a premier year-round playground when it adds Michigan's only alpine slide this summer. 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."

The Crystal Spa
The Crystal Spa, with construction scheduled to begin this spring and completion scheduled for winter 2008/09, will include a 13,000 square-foot expansion to Crystal's existing indoor pool and fitness area.

The Bungalows at Crystal Glen
The Bungalows at Crystal Glen is a ski-in, ski-out residential neighborhood.

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.

from a news release of Michigan Skier, "Crystal Announces $10 Million Expansion", Jan 22, 2008
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