Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain Resort is a 1,500 acre ski, golf, and conference resort located south of Traverse City in northern Michigan. Crystal Mountain is consistently rated as one of the top family destinations in the Midwest. The Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio has been working with Crystal Mountain Resort since 1989.  Together with key members of the resort’s management and ownership team, JHLE designed a framework plan that set priorities and direction for future development of the golf course, core facilities, and associated housing expansion.  This master plan continues to evolve and guide ongoing development decisions within the resort.

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JHLE has completed numerous projects since the master plan was implemented, including a new entry and drive, a 32,000 square foot conference and skier services building, a 29-unit inn, a second 18-hole golf course and learning center, and a new mixed-use residential, golf and cross country ski center, and restaurant facility. 

In 2006, Cottages at Water’s Edge, a 22-unit residential community at the core of the resort was completed.  These cottages surround a new activity center that features a new outdoor pool with a zero depth edge, water and sand play elements, and a climbing wall.  In 2009, the indoor pool and exercise facility was renovated and expanded into the 18,500 square foot Crystal Spa & Peak Fitness Center featuring an exterior meditation courtyard and extensive native landscaping supporting LEED certification.  JHLE’s involvement with all of these projects extended from master planning to site selection, building placement, detailed layout and design, and planting design. 


Cottages at Water's Edge

Kinlochen Lodge


Park at Water's Edge

Spa & Fitness Center