When Nub's Nob shot to the top of the Midwest Top 10 last year, it was a shocker. After all, the northern Michigan resort is a ski area with no hotel, no snazzy restaurants and no marketing director in a three-piece suit.
When you enter Shanty Creek, it's like entering a mini city. The lower Michigan resort encompasses 90 skiable acres, three villages, lodging of every type, conference facilities, dining, spas, a transit system, and two ski mountains with 46 runs and 11 lifts.
The Crystal Mountain brochure says the resort wants to "make memories etched in Crystal"-and it's a goal Crystal takes seriously. The cozy lower Michigan resort finished No. 1 in Service, Lodging, Family Programs and On-Mountain Food-a grand slam for a resort that prides itself on taking care of the details.