Thanks for the quick reply. We wont be staying at a resort, we found that rooms there are a bit on the pricey side. Having already been to both the Boynes i'll be trying something new. 45 minutes isn't that big of a drive so staying in Traverse City is no big deal. My mom will probably spend the majority of time hanging out around the resort and might go out for shopping, she's not sure. Do you know if you have to stay at the resort to be able use the full service spa and stuff at Crystal or can I just pay? I really have no idea, I've never done anything but snowboard at a resort. and how does Crystal Mountain compare to Boyne in terms of snowboarding?
Once again thanks so much for your help, it means a lot to me that my mom has a good time