Traverse City, Michigan – Travel and Lodging

Crystal Mountain – Fall Chairlift Rides

Enjoy panoramic views of three counties and top-of-the-mountain attractions including live musical entertainment.

Chairlift rides are on our Crystal Clipper Quad Chairlift located in the center of our frontside slopes. Tickets are available for purchase at the base of the Crystal Clipper. Cash bar available at the top of the mountain.

Cost: Chairlift rides are $7 per person. Houseguests and children 8 & under are free with a paying adult.

Saturdays in September and October – 11am – 1pm

For more information, call the Park at Water’s Edge at 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.


Saturday, September 17 11am-1pm John Pomeroy
Saturday, September 24 11am-1pm Jim Hawley
Saturday, October 1 11am-1pm Jeff Bihlman
Saturday, October 8 11am-1pm Saul Chandler
Saturday, October 22 11am-1pm Jeff Bihlman
Saturday, October 29 11am-1pm John Pomeroy


Hours of operation are subject to change and weather permitting.

For more information about chairlift rides, please call 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.


Crystal Mountain – September 26, 2014

Today’s view from top of Buck.


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Mari Vineyards – Time-lapse of the Wine Caves Construction

From the beginning phases of planning for Mari Vineyards, Marty Lagina’s goal was to make the winery energy efficient and reduce its carbon footprint. While there have been numerous additions to make this possible, one of the most ambitious has been the wine caves.

You can learn more about the caves by visiting our caverns page.

Construction started on the caves in October 2014 (the start of the video) and the main cave structure was finished in January of 2015 (end of the video). It’s hard to see just how large the wine caves are below Mari Vineyards, so we thought showing you a video of the tunnels being constructed would give you the full picture.

If you really enjoy the time-lapse video let us know and we will add additional construction videos in anticipation of our grand opening.


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Crystal Mountain – 2013 Golf Season Begins April 25, 2013

We are excited to announce the opening of the 2013 Golf Season!

Weather permitting, all 36 holes of our Betsie Valley and Mountain Ridge courses will be open by Saturday, April 27.

Course Opening Schedule

Thursday, April 25
Betsie Valley (back nine) opens at noon.

Friday, April 26
Betsie Valley (all 18) opens at 10am.

Saturday, April 27
Mountain Ridge (all 18) opens at 8am.

Sunday, April 28
Join us in celebration of Mountain Ridge’s 20th Anniversary. Play 18 holes for only $20 per player. Golf cart and practice center use included.

Reserve Tee Times » or call 800.968.7686 ext. 4000.


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Ring in the New Year at Shanty Creek – 2012-2013

Ring in the New Year at Shanty Creek Resorts with several ways to celebrate!

• Free skiing on Summit Mountain from 5p-11p
• Kids Night Out Kids-Only Party in the Bellaire Ballroom
• Ivan’s Rocks the Mountain with Three’s A Crowd (21 & over)
• Dueling Pianos Dinner Theater Show in the Grand Ballroom
• Torchlight Parade at Schuss Mountain
• Fireworks over Summit Mtn after Midnight

Plus spend time playing on the slopes, in the tubing park, on the Nordic trails, taking a lesson, riding on a dogsled or renting snowmobiles at Schuss Village.

New Year’s Eve Lodging starts at just $199 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. Make your reservations today! 866.408.5218

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Short’s Brewing Company – BrewSki Bash featuring Funktion – November 24, 2012

Brew Ski Bash 2012

We love few things more than beer, skiing, and live music. That’s why we get together every year with our friends from Shanty Creek Resort for a Brew:Ski bash to celebrate the coming ski season and the unique proximity between Short’s pub and Shanty’s slopes. As it is already cold and snowy up here in Northern Michigan, we’re getting very excited for the coming winter.

The Brew:Ski Bash tradition includes free Shanty Creek lift passes for the first 100 guests, discount lift passes for everyone else, the release of our entire stout lineup, and a rockin’ night of tunes by Funktion, with special guests Circle of Heat. This year, Brew:Ski Bash falls on Saturday, November 24th and the festivities will kick off at 7:30 pm.

For 2012-13, our pub stouts will include tried and true favorites S’mores Stout and Uber Goober, plus several first time ever, pub-experimentals, including Ben’s Asthma (American Strong Stout), Yer My Boy Blue (Blueberry Milk Stout), Dirty Sturks (Double Chocolate Stout on Nitro), and Empress Catherine (Imperial Stout). We’ll have 20 total brews on tap, as always, plus other bottle selections.
Admission is $5 at the door.

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The Homestead – Great Lakes Photo Tours – August 24, 2012

Naturalist Photographer Mark Carlson and Digital Photography Instructor Bob Grzesiak treat Great Lakes Photo Tour participants to some of the most inspiring scenic and natural areas in the Great Lakes region. From digital snap-shooters to advanced photo enthusiasts, all will benefit from Mark and Bob’s over 50-years of combined experience as professionals in their fields.

Mark presents a wealth of naturalist information to attendees, as well as many helpful tips and suggestions on how to make better nature photographs, regardless of equipment or skill level. Bob offers his expertise assisting digital photographers with their camera and accessories, allowing them the opportunity to create cherished photographs, not just memories, while enjoying their eco/photo tours or excursions.

For one-day class information and pre-registration, please contact Great Lakes Photo Tours at 517.230.1655 or visit their website at

Event Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, August 24th
Tuition: $149.00 per person / per Eco-Photo Excursion

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