Crystal Mountain is the "little engine that could" in Midwest skiing. It grabbed No. 1 this year because, simply, the resort gets every detail right. Two years ago the magnificent Kinlochen Lodge debuted, last year 11 new North Face runs were a hit and this season's No. 1 rankings in lodging and dining highlighted what one reader called "big resort amenities"-all part of a planned $60 million in improvements by 2010. Always popular with families, a reader commented: "If you want a four-season resort that focuses on family needs and fun, Crystal Mountain is it."
Tripling the size of the Totem Park learning area and adding two new Wonder Carpet lifts; new halfpipe under the Clipper lift and expanding the terrain park on Cheers into a "super park."
Kids & Grandparents Sleep & Ski Free. Up to three kids (17 and under) and up to four grandparents (60-over) sleep and ski free midweek when sharing accommodations with two full-paying adults. crystalmountain.com; 800-968-7686
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