Crystal Mountain

Why it’s great for the first time hiker & biker…

Hit the trails at Crystal Mountain for a dynamic mountain biking experience. Enjoy miles of beginner, intermediate, and advanced on-site mountain bike trails that connect to the Betsie River Pathway, 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail, North Country Trail, and Arcadia Dunes.

Why it’s great for the first time skier…

Clip-on some skis and set out at your own pace to enjoy 30 km of Nordic trails. Michigan Living Magazine readers rated Crystal Mountain’s cross-country skiing trail network #1 in Michigan.


Trail Description


In winter, enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan on two wheels. Rent a Fat tire snow bike and cruise on the winter bike trails. Fat tires help make snow maneuverable!

The total Fat tire bike trail is nearly 6 miles in distance and may take riders between 30-45 minutes to complete. Bikes rentals are available at the Park at Water’s Edge, which is where the bike trail begins and ends.

Trails are groomed as the Cross-Country trails are groomed. The best conditions for Fat tire snow biking are hard packed trails with a 4″ inch base. Guests are welcome to bring their personal Fat tire snow bikes, but must purchase a multi-use trail pass to utilize Crystal Mountain trails. Season passes are also available.Visit Crystal Mountain’s website for additional information on trails and rentals.


Crystal Mountain has 30 km of meticulously-groomed cross-country trails for all ability levels. Our nordic trail system ranges from gently rolling hills through stands of aspens and oaks, to more challenging black diamond trails that cut across deep valleys and open fields. Try night skiing on our 4 km of lighted trails for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Our new XC Training Center includes a mini-trail system with flat and up-and-downhill sections that are exclusively designed for learning and improving skate and classical techniques. Video analysis is available at our indoor training studio.

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Groomed Trails (XC skiing and Winter Fat Tire)
  • Mountain Biking Trails
  • Lessons and Training
  • Equipment Rental
  • Tours

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The Michigan's Great Outdoors collaborative consists of five Northern Michigan counties all working together to promote tourism in the region.  With so many hiking, biking, winter sports, and ORV trails in the region that dynamically connect these counties, this site is devoted to educate the first-time visitor to the region looking to explore the great outdoors for the first time.  We welcome you to browse this site and explore all this region has to offer.