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Chairlift Rides

Soak in the fall colors with the best view in northern Michigan! Scenic Chairlift Rides will be sold in one-hour blocks. Within that hour, guests must be checked-in and at the chairlift ready to ride to the top. Enjoy the views at the top for as long as you'd like!

Location: Buck Chairlift

Purchasing & Check-In:  Scenic Chairlift Rides will use RFID ticketing for admission. You will pick up an RFID access card at a Pick Up Box (PUBs) which is preloaded with your Scenic Chairlift Ride or at the designated windows outside the Mountain Adventure Zone. PUBs are located near the Mountain Adventure Zone, The Lodge and Kinlochen. Guests must check-in at the Mountain Adventure Zone prior to riding the chairlift to receive a wristband. When it's time to load onto the chairlift, you'll swipe your access card when you are ready to ride.

Waivers are required and must be filled out prior to riding. We recommend  filling out your waiver online  , in advance. Guests who have not filled out their waiver in advance will need to visit the Mountain Adventure Zone prior to their ride. 

For day-of availability and reservations, please call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.


Ages 9 and Up:  $10 per person
Ages 3 - 8:  Free with a paying adult
Complimentary for Resort Houseguests and Four Season Club Members:   Four Seasons Club Members will need to visit the Mountain Adventure Zone to pick up their Scenic Chairlift Ride access card. Guests lodging at Crystal Mountain will each be issued an RFID card at the Mountain Adventure Zone or Park at Water's Edge, valid for their length of stay.

Please Note:  All chairlift rides are weather dependent. We encourage all riders to be at the chairlift at least 30 minutes prior to close. Each guest will need their own RFID card to pass through the gates. RFID cards are not transferable.


  • All guests must have their RFID cards with them for gate and lift access for the chairlift rides.

  • waiver  is required to be completed prior to riding the chairlift. Guests who did not complete their waiver during the online check-out will need to visit the Mountain Adventure Zone prior to their chairlift ride.

  • Guests must be at least three years old to ride.

  • Dogs and beverages are not permitted on any chairlifts.

*Hours of operation and lifts are subject to change and are weather permitting. The chairlift can operate in light to moderate rain, please be prepared for the weather.


Located on Buck chairlift unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 8: 3 - 7pm
Saturday, October 9: 1 - 7pm
​Sunday, October 10: 11am - 3pm
Saturday, October 16 (SOLD OUT):  2 - 6pm (Both Buck and Crystal Clipper Chairlifts)
​Sunday, October 17 (SOLD OUT):  11am - 3pm
Saturday, October 23:  Noon - 6pm
​Sunday, October 24: 11am - 3pm
Saturday, October 30: 2 - 6pm

Wondering when's the best time to visit? Check out Pure Michigan's Fall Color Map !

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