Karyn Thorr Named COO of Crystal Mountain near Traverse City

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Karyn Thorr headshot
Courtesy of Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain, a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City in Thompsonville, has named Karyn Thorr chief operating officer.

Thorr has been an employee for 29 years and has since managed many different departments at Crystal, but the company says her passion for snow sports is what landed her at the resort in 1993.

“I learned to ski at Crystal with my family when I was 10-years-old, and went on to ski competitively in high school and college,” says Thorr. “Working here and being part of the resort’s transformation over the past few decades has been incredible, and my new role on the leadership team is exciting and an honor.”

In 2005, Thorr joined Crystal Mountain Realty, and has served as the managing broker since 2014. She has placed hundreds of families in their dream resort homes, helping to grow and enhance the Crystal community.

Prior to that, she led several operating departments including marketing, conference services and skier services. More recently, as managing broker, she played a critical role in the successful development of the Inn Phase II, a $12-million project completed in 2017.

“Karyn is an outstanding leader with a track record of success at Crystal for nearly three decades,” says John Melcher, whom Thorr is replacing as he moves to the position of CEO. “This transition is a great example of our philosophy to promote from within. Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to our company exemplifies the magic in our business — fun.”

As COO, Thorr will oversee on-mountain operations including lifts, grooming, maintenance, resort safety, and snow sports. She also will continue to serve as the principal broker for Crystal Mountain Realty.

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