Crystal Clipper – Crystal Mountain, MI

This lift opened in 1998 in an era where quite a few Michigan ski areas added flagship detachables.
Loading area.
This is by far the longest lift at Crystal.
Tower 8 just below the top station.
This is the drive station.
View down the relatively flat line.
Tower 6.
Middle part of the lift line.
Looking up the line.
Bottom terminal with integrated sheave assemblies.
Omega terminal with custom red windows.
The return terminal seen from Buck.
Side view of the bottom station.

6 thoughts on “Crystal Clipper – Crystal Mountain, MI

  1. cam May 25, 2020 / 10:11 pm

    i love this lift. the orange windows are cool


  2. Midwest Ski Lifts June 1, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Buddy those are RED windows


    • Joe Blake June 4, 2020 / 10:10 pm

      If we’re being picky, my vote is Lego Red. I too find them cool.


  3. skier0224 February 13, 2021 / 11:12 am

    this lift mainly serves as an access lift for north face, ridge, and backyard, along with servicing all 3 terrain parks and operates every day and night.


    • skibumbarnes February 13, 2021 / 4:37 pm

      I think of this lift as a primary source of the entire mountain. Honestly, I think this if this lift didn’t replace the main street chair and the cheers chair, those lifts would get some serious lift lines I would think. Really just serves as a spot where you can start and end your day, as well as a good place to loop runs before you venture off into other parts of the mountain.


  4. Mi_skier December 2, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    I doubt it would ever happen but I’d love to see a 6 pack here. it gets busy, being the main lift to access pretty much anything, getting used for lessons a lot, having all the terrain parks off of it, and having a relatively low capacity. or possible put in a fixed grip reliever lift from higher up for better lapping of the parks to take some crowds away. I know it’s nothing compared to out west, but the lines on clipper over the weekend are pretty bad for the unexciting terrain the lift has.


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