Far from havens for novice skiers, the first bunny slopes were teeming with malevolent rabbits who tripped up passing skiers with misplaced boulders and bad financial advice. Glide peaceably downhill with today's Groupon: for $55, you get two adult all-day lift tickets and $20 worth of cuisine (up to a $132 value) at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville, MI, near Traverse City (about a 300-mile drive from Chicago).
Named the No. 1 Resort in the Midwest by Ski magazine in 2005, Crystal Mountain Resort has opened up its powdery veins to slope-seekers for nearly 50 years. Skiers and snowboarders alike can flash their open-to-close lift tickets for access to nine lifts, 45 downhill runs for all skill levels, various terrain and super-cross parks, and a half-pipe. More than half of the downhill runs become illuminated for night skiing and snowy séances. Two $10 cuisine vouchers can be used to fill bellies at any of Crystal's dining establishments, including the elegant, Celtic-inspired Thistle Pub & Grille, the family-friendly Wild Tomato Restaurant & Bar, and more. Arrive with your heirloom snow-gliders in tow or take advantage of Crystal Mountain's on-site rentals.
TripAdvisors give Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa an average rating of five owl eyes, and eight Yelpers give it an average rating of 4.5 stars. Eight Yahoo! Locals give it an average rating of four stars:
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr.
Thompsonville, Michigan 49683Get Directions