Major addition at Crystal Mountain nearly complete
BENZIE COUNTY, MI. (WPBN/WGTU) — Crystal Mountain's newest addition to the resort is almost complete.
“So the main level of rooms that we have here are the legacy suites,” said Crystal Mountain Director of Public Relations Brian Lawson. "Obviously you’ve got great views, these are all floor to ceiling windows.”
With an price tag of $11 million, the addition is the largest Crystal Mountain has ever undertaken at one time, adding more than 31,000 square feet and 25 new rooms.
“I think the rooms are incredible," Lawson said. "The views are pretty spectacular, whether you’re looking out over the village or out over the slopes, and particularly as the snow starts to fall.”
The main floor of new building will also feature a new bar and a market. One of the most impressive parts of the building is the geothermal heating and cooling system located below ground.
“Basically there is 26,000 feet of pipe 460 feet below the ground that uses the earth’s constant temperature to keep this building warm in the winter and cool in the summer,” Lawson said. "It runs at about 48 percent more efficiency than a traditional H VAC system.”
With plenty of new features including a rooftop terrace, Lawson says the project is even better than he imagined.
“It’s really exciting to see it finally come to reality," Lawson said. "I think we've all been really excited about the concept and we've certainly had a vision about what we thought it would be. I think in many ways it’s exceeded our expectations.”
While some of the rooms are ready, the entire building, including the bar and the market, should be ready to go a few weeks before the holiday season.