In 1960, a few of the volunteers who had built and operated the small, community ski area called Buck Hills, formed a corporation, bought the area, and renamed it Crystal Mountain. It is still operating under that name.
George Petritz, was one of the three original investors, who planned to re-sell the resort at a profit. But they stayed with it, growing the facility. George became sole owner in 1981 and his family still owns and operates the resort. George was inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame in 2004.
Crystal Mountain now boasts 375′ vertical drop, 45 slopes (27 lighted), 4 terrain parks, and 8 lifts, including: 1 HSD quad, 3 quads, 1 triple, 1 double, and 2 conveyors.
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