Boyne Falls, Mich. - BOYNE’s 2008/09 winter season marks 60 years of winter fun at Boyne Mountain and nearly $2 million in on-hill improvements; Boyne Highlands expands its one-of-a-kind mountaintop dinner and offers new family adventures with a lighted cross country trail and bonfire and cocoa on the snowshoe trail.
What’s New at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI?
60 Years of Winter Fun
The Mountain that started it all for Boyne Resorts, now North America’s largest family-owned resort network, is celebrating 60 years of family fun in 2009! Amazing to think what started as two runs and one chairlift by U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee, Everett Kircher, has grown to become the Mecca of Midwest winter sports and a leader among resort destinations boasting Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark and spa facility. Mark January 9-11 on the calendar for a celebratory weekend filled with fireworks, social gatherings and special offers.
New Meadows Chairlift
Brand spanking new and faster than ever, the replacement for the Meadows chairlift at Boyne Mountain is a Doppelmayr quad, fixed grip, conveyor loaded lift, and the only one of its kind in the Midwest. The Meadows lift now offers the second fastest ride on the Mountain, second only to America’s first high speed six-place chairlift, the Mountain Express. Meadows riders can reach the top in about four minutes flat. That timely journey is courtesy of the conveyor belt system that provides a seamless transition from snow to seat. The new lift also extends further down the slope requiring less traversing from the south end of the mountain.
More Snow Equals More Fun
BOYNE introduced its Low-E fan gun technology last year and the commitment for low energy, high-output snowmaking continues stronger than ever. The ability to make greater quantities of snow with less compressed air not only reduces energy consumption while increasing output but it also allows the best possible surface conditions. Boyne Mountain’s fleet includes 60 additional converted and new Low-E guns that are 40% more efficient than previous models.
New Home for Junior SnowSports Academy
Saved from demolition, a former Boyne City restaurant has been moved to Boyne Mountain to become the new center for Junior SnowSports Academy. After intensive renovations, the 8,000 square foot building will open its doors this winter as Helga’s House. The new House provides parents with a convenient location to facilitate sign-up of junior lessons, pick-up/drop-off, and select rental equipment. Helga’s House will also be the hub for Playcare, the resort’s daycare center, entertaining little ones too young to hit the slopes.
What’s New at Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs, MI?
The Midwest’s Only Mountaintop Dinner Experience Expands
The Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner was launched two seasons ago and has quickly become an up-north favorite. Formerly only available on Saturday nights, the popular Moonlight Dinner is expanding to include Fridays after a sold out season. The Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner begins at the Slopeside Lounge where passengers are loaded into a sleigh pulled by a groomer to North Peak, a mountain top day lodge with soaring pine ceilings and wall-to-wall windows. Guests are greeted by a crackling bonfire, the faraway lights of the Mackinac Bridge and the warm glow of candlelight. Pre-selected wines are poured and served with assorted breads and kettles of French onion soup while a live acoustic guitarist strums favorite tunes. Family style garlic roasted mashed potatoes and a medley of vegetables follow along with plated dinners of roast tenderloin au poivre. A delicious homemade dessert of Michigan apple and raspberry crisp topped with vanilla whipped cream caps the night.
Low-E Fan Guns Dominate Fleet at Boyne Highlands Resort
Boyne Highlands has converted an additional 91 of their fan guns to Boyne Low-E models. The low energy, high-output snowmakers are poised to add even more snow on the top of Leslie’s Quest, a popular scenic trail, and will continue to enable Boyne Highlands to open more terrain earlier in the season.
Lights Add Nighttime Enjoyment to Cross Country Trail
A two mile all-level cross country loop is opening this winter for evening enjoyment. The lighted loop is open for skiers to hit the trail each Friday and Saturday and daily during holidays. An evening trail pass starting at 4 p.m. is available and as with all snowsports activities, children ages 8 and under can enjoy the trails for free. Boyne Highlands offers 35 km of cross country trails and day passes include unlimited access to lower trails and one chairlift ride to the challenging upper trails.
Warm Treat for Snowshoers
Each Saturday, snowshoers can take in a warm treat with a bonfire and complimentary hot cocoa along the lower trail. Boyne Highlands has over 7 km of exclusive snowshoeing trails.
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