Near Thompsonville, the Crystal Mountain XC ski center has 40km of groomed trails with 6km lighted for night skiing.
To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from Manistee, head north on US31 for 21 miles. Turn east on County Road 602, then 8 miles to M-115. Turn west to Crystals entrance.
Overall, Crystal Mountain XC is the 3rd most popular cross country ski area of all 49 Nordic ski destinations in Michigan.