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BOYNE HIGHLANDS' BREW-SKI FESTIVAL 
BOYNE MOUNTAIN CARNIVAL

WHAT'S NEW ON MICHIGAN SLOPES 2013-2014
DISCOVER MICHIGAN SKIING: Learn to ski and snowboard
CABERFAE PEAKS OPENS BACKCOUNTRY 
WHAT'S NEW AT BOYNE FOR 2013/14 
NEW AT NUB'S NOB IN 2013/14
COLD IS COOL -- 4TH GRADERS SKI FREE
SKIERS NEED ICE



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BOYNE HIGHLANDS' BREW-SKI FESTIVAL OFFERS A HOPPIN' GOOD TIME 

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (February 6, 2014) – The fifth annual Brew-Ski Festival, March 8, at Boyne Highlands Resort has become a spring rite of passage for craft beer lovers and winter enthusiasts. Soft snow, warmer March temperatures, live music, grilled food, and more than 220 of the tastiest beers from Michigan and across the globe delight event goers.

After a morning enjoying Lower Michigan’s largest ski resort with 55 trails on 435 scenic, skiable acres, the hops start flowing at noon. The event is staged outdoors at the base of the slopes where beer lovers can take their pick from over 220 craft beer, cider and mead varieties, all served up on snow bars throughout the festival area. More than 20 Michigan breweries are represented, as well as the finest breweries from North America and Europe.

The Galactic Sherpas entertain with live music all afternoon, and grilled brats from Tannery Creek, hot soft baked fresh pretzels, and chili, wash down the suds. Home brewers also have the chance to talk brewing with the Michigan Hop Alliance and Bad Teacher Brewing Supply, both on hand for the event.

Admission to the beer tasting area is free; must be at least 21 years of age to enter. Sampling tickets can be purchased for the four-ounce beer tastings, as well as for food and merchandise.

The fun flows outdoors until 5 p.m., when the Aaron Vaughn Band takes the stage indoors for a classic Zoo Bar party until 8 p.m. The Remedee performs in the Slopeside Lounge starting at 9 p.m.

A special Brew-Ski Festival event package is available offering two nights’ hotel lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, a Friday night hors d’oeuvres reception, breakfast daily, lift tickets on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., commemorative T-shirt and pint glass, plus five drink tickets. The package starts at $262 per person. For reservations, call 800.462.6963 or visit www.BOYNE.com.  

For the complete list of participating breweries, visit www.BOYNE.com.

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BOYNE MOUNTAIN'S CARNIVAL WEEKEND -- MARCH 14-16 

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (Feb. 20, 2014) – Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend, March 14-16, is well-known for being the biggest and best spring celebration in the north. With 415 skiable acres and 60 trails, skiing and snowboarding are at the core of this weekend of jollity, with plentiful music, parties, and costume contests adding to the lively scene.

Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend gets underway Friday afternoon with skiing, snowboarding, a cookout, and an array of live entertainment from dueling pianos in Stein Eriksen’s to DJ Bill da Cat in the Snowflake Lounge, and The Waxies, an Irish folk-rock band, in the Civic Center from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Waxies have been named Michigan’s “Best Celtic Rock Band” and this gathering includes green beer, Irish drink features, giveaways and prizes for the best Irish-themed costumes.

Make sure to get a good night’s rest as Saturday delivers six different parties throughout the day, most offering free entry for ages 21 and up. Start with the Village party for drink specials served on a snow bar, free swag, entertainment, and grub. Then, head to the slopes where party goers gather near the Victor Warming House for music, camaraderie, and an adult costume contest at 2:30 p.m. The top three winners take home a 2014/15 BOYNE Gold, Silver, and Bronze Pass. Don a moustache (provided) for the 'Stache Bash at the Trophy Room Pub & Pizzeria from 3 to 6 p.m., or take a dip during the Foggy Goggles Pool Party in the Clock Tower Lodge pool featuring the sounds of DJ Bill da Cat from 3 to 7 p.m. An Après Ski Party, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., rounds out the day in the Snowflake Lounge with A+ Digital DJ and contests.

Keep the momentum going, or retreat for a catnap, just be ready for the ‘70s Snow Disco in the Civic Center featuring Chicago-based, The Shagadelics, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Rock to the best of the ‘70s with your finest ‘70s attire, and while there, be sure and flash a smile for the photo booth. Best male and female costumes take home prizes.

Start walking straight again with Sunday’s Last Man Standing Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar in Stein Eriksen’s served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before heading to the slopes for a day of skiing and snowboarding. The weekend’s last big splashtacular event is the Slush Cup across a 28’ by 90’ pond on lower McLouth starting at 11 a.m. Skim, soak or spectate – the choice is yours.

Slope hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A lift ticket or BOYNE Pass and proper skiing or snowboarding equipment is required to access on-hill events.

Carnival Weekend Ski & Stay Packages including Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa accommodations, lift ticket, and buffet breakfast are available from $195 per night. For reservations, call 800.462.6963 or visit www.BOYNE.com.

For guests not lodging at the resort, Charlevoix County Transit is expanding bus service Saturday, March 15 to residents of Charlevoix County. Complimentary bus service is available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. by calling 231.582.6900; advanced reservations are appreciated. Charlevoix Cab is also on-property Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For Charlevoix Cab reservations, call 231.547.9700. 

Boyne Mountain is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Learn more at http://www.BOYNE.com.  1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713

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WHAT'S NEW ON MICHIGAN SLOPES 2013-2014 

Clarkston, MI  (November 2013) – The Farmers Almanac is forecasting a winter with below-average temperatures for the Great Lakes Region and skiers and boarders can look forward to a fun-filled winter with plenty of places to enjoy Michigan’s snow-filled slopes and trails.  With a combined total of 50 ski areas, boasting over 260 lifts, about 1,000 runs, more than 70 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, there is something for everyone.

According to the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA), ski areas are always looking for ways to increase enjoyment for skiers and snowboarders.  Through the years, slope maintenance and snowmaking capabilities have improved dramatically, so much so that even if there is no snow at home, the ski slopes can be covered when the weather turns cold.

The following is a rundown of improvements and special offers for the 2013-2014 season.  It is important to note that early bird specials abound.  Most ski areas offer discounts on season ski passes if they are purchased before the snow flies.  For more information, visit www.goskimichigan.com, which has quick links to Michigan ski area websites.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula slopes are busy getting ready for winter. At Blackjack Resort in Bessemer, they have continued their snowmaking improvements with the addition of a new pump and more snow guns. They also purchased a new snow cat for grooming and sculpting terrain parks. They have added more glade skiing (runs cut through the trees), which will serve as mountain bike trails in the summer. They are also adding terrain park features in the woods. The lodge has received a facelift as well, with a new, inviting entranceway and a fireplace in the bar area to keep the party going once the slopes close. (906) 229-5115, www.skiblackjack.com.

Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain will have three terrain parks – a beginner, intermediate and advanced park all levels of skiers and riders to enjoy. All terrain parks are accessible from Pine Mountain’s triple lift and all are hittable in one run. The advanced park, Boneyard, also includes a paddle tow. Pine Mountain features, night skiing Wednesday through Saturday and $15 lift tickets Tuesday through Thursday. Seniors 60+ receive discounted lift tickets and up to two kids 12 and under ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. (906) 774-2747 or 1-877-553-PINE, www.pinemountainresort.com

Mount Bohemia, Michigan’s extreme skiing area located in the Keweenaw Peninsula, is opening another new backcountry section called Middle Earth. This new area has five runs through the forest with a few small chutes in some of the runs. Middle Earth is located in the far east of Mount Bohemia just past the Outer Limits. In addition, season passes are just $99 if purchased on December 1. New this year – purchase three season passes and get one for free. (231) 420-5405, www.mtbohemia.com

Marquette Mountain in Marquette offers all Seniors (65+) and Military personnel a lift ticket for just $27 anytime they are open. In addition, kids nine and under ski free with an adult lift purchase. Other lift ticket specials are listed on the Marquette Mountain website. (906) 225-1155 or 1-800-944-SNOW, www.marquettemountain.com

Mont Ripley in Houghton has also made changes by increasing the size of their rental department and ski shops. (906) 487-2340, http://www.mtu.edu 

Ski Brule in Iron River is teaming up with school districts in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois to reward students with good grades and attendance. Students who earn perfect attendance or all “A” status during the first or second marking periods will receive a free day of skiing or snowboarding. The free day includes a lift ticket, rental, and lesson. Purchasing lift tickets in advance can reap savings. Prior to December 24, advance lift tickets are $35 and are valid anytime during the 2013/14 season. 1-800-DO BRULE, www.skibrule.com

Heading into the Lower Peninsula Nub’s Nob Ski Area of Harbor Springs purchased another new snow grooming machine manufactured by Pisten Bully. To improve their ski and snowboard wax and tuning process, they replaced their equipment with a new fully automated WINTERSTEIGER Mercury model, which represents the latest ski and snowboard tuning technology. In addition, the National Ski Patrol System named the Nub’s Nob Ski Patrol “Outstanding Patrol in the Nation,” and Outside Magazine named their terrain park the number one in the Midwest. The lodge has also received new carpet and the grey chairlift has a fresh coat of paint. Adults 70+ and kids eight and under ski free at Nub’s Nob. (231) 526-2131 or 1-800-SKI-NUBS, www.nubsnob.com

Also in Harbor Springs, Boyne Highlands is celebrating its 50th season by adding 31 Boyne Low-E fan guns, a new PistenBully 400 winch cat, adding more rental equipment, expanding The Spa, and offering guests a remodeled Main Lodge pool. The Spa will feature an expansion of a new nail salon to offer manicures and pedicures beginning this winter season. The Spa at Boyne Highlands also offers massages, body treatments, and facials. 1-800-GO-BOYNE, www.BOYNE.com.

At Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, the 2013/14 season brings 20 additional Boyne Low-E fan guns, a new PistenBully 400 winch cat, new extreme body slide at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, renovated Boynehof Lodge rooms, and an expanded fleet of rental equipment. A new 110-foot suspended rope bridge has been constructed on Boyne Highlands’ Zipline Adventure course between lines three and four. The bridge adds a new adventure and heightens the tour experience with riders crossing the bridge suspended 20 feet above the valley. The Zipline Adventure Tour is a 2 ½-hour guided experience of seven ziplines descending over 50 stories. Boyne Mountain is also introducing new thrills inside this winter season with the opening of the first SuperLOOP™ slide in Michigan at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. The hair-raising ride named The Big Couloir features a trap door plummeting riders into the extreme body slide and traveling at speeds up to 38 feet per second before finishing with a splash. Stylish new rooms debut this winter season in Boyne Mountain’s Boynehof Lodge. The renovated rooms have a European vibe and feature custom artwork, hand-painted details, knotty pine and log accents, wet bar with pebblestone backsplash, all-new fixtures, draperies, and bedding package, fresh paint, a new flat-screen TV and mini fridge. Additionally, the restrooms in the Civic Center at Boyne Mountain are being renovated. In the Clock Tower Lodge, guests will notice a fresh look this winter with new furnishings, lighting, and carpet in the hotel lobby and slope viewing area, and a revamped exercise room.1-800-GO-BOYNE, www.BOYNE.com

 

At both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, anyone 80+ or 5 and under skis free every day. Together, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain have received nearly $3 million in upgrades for the coming winter season.


In Gaylord, Treetops Resort reports that the resort will be open seven-days-a-week this winter. In addition, Olympic Snowboard Coach Tom Hutchinson will return to Treetops as an instructor. Treetops will also feature the Big AIRbag for a full season as well as an expanded Terrain Park and new features including a Boarder Cross Course. Rental equipment has recently been revamped and skis, boots, snowboards, snowblades, snowshoes and cross country skis are now available. Treetops also offers some special reduced-rate season pass programs. Any student 8 and older who has a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above will qualify for a dramatically reduced rate season pass. The special rates are only available through December 24. For the very young and the young-at-heart, skiing is also very affordable at Treetops. Senior citizens 65+ and kids under 8 are eligible to receive a season pass for just $15. 1-888-TREETOPS, www.treetops.com

There are plenty of improvements at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, including a new fleet of rental equipment from Volkl, Marker, Dalbello, Tecnica, K2, Burton and Scott; new ski school leadership and improved lesson programs; family-friendly, lower lift ticket prices for children 9-12 years old; more discounted ticket and rental options available online for advanced purchase; and “Summit Only” lift tickets—Michigan’s best value—starting at only $15 on weekends. In addition, there are improvements to snowmaking infrastructure and capacity; improvements to Schuss Mountain’s Monster Park and the Big Air Launch Pad; improvements to the racing and NASTAR infrastructure and facilities; more mid-day Saturday and Sunday slope grooming for improved snow conditions throughout the day; lodging improvements on property-managed units at Summit Village and Cedar River Village and more time to ski at Schuss Mountain with extended hours and a ski season scheduled through March 31. Seniors 70+ and kids eight and under can purchase a lift ticket for $5 or a season pass for just $24. Kids 8 and under ski free when lodging or in ski school at Shanty Creek Resorts. (231) 533-8621 www.shantycreek.com.

The Homestead in Glen Arbor season passes are Passé. They now offer a very new, very personal pass called “ONE,” which can be modified to include many amenities offered at The Homestead, including equipment for the season, a fitness membership and any number of salon or spa visits at a savings. Pre season prices for the basic pass to ski or board range from $75 to $169 until October 31st. Prices go up on November 1st, and again on December 1st. Senior citizens 70+ can ski for free and kids eight and under ski free with a paying adult. (231) 334-5000, www.thehomesteadresort.com

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville continues to make significant improvements on and off the ski slopes with $4 million worth of investments and three new runs to challenge skiers and riders for the 2013/14 ski season. The new ski-under Buck Quad Chairlift will move more skiers per hour to the top of the hill, and add skiable terrain including the new Buckaroo slope and Buck Glades. A new Gorge Glades area will also be part of the improved and expanded terrain. Improvements related to this project include re-contouring the signature Buck ski run, expanding the arrival zone at the top of the hill and adding a fleet of new snow guns with automation capability. Crystal has also invested in a Winch Cat groomer, which can push large amounts of snow uphill, permitting some grooming in steep areas such as the Gorge. When skiers need a break to refuel, they’ll be treated to more improvements inside Crystal Mountain’s main lodge. The Wild Tomato has undergone a complete remodel including a brand new kitchen and a new menu with more locally sourced, seasonal choices. The recently remodeled Clipper Café has again been improved with more seating near the fireplace. Crystal is also continuing to invest in its lodging options with more than $1 million in improvements that include completely remodeled Wintergreen units, new public spaces in the Hamlet, and upgrades at the Inn at the Mountain. Other investments include development of Trailside, a neo-traditional residential community located along the Mountain Ridge Golf Course. At Crystal, anyone 60 years and older gets a 50% discount on open-to-close tickets any day and 50% off rental equipment midweek. Anyone 70+ can get a season pass for $25. Kids 8 and under ski free with a paid adult. 1-800-968-7686 or (231) 378-2000, www.crystalmountain.com

Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac has been busy making improvements on the slopes and in the lodge. The slopes have 15 new snowmaking towers equipped with new snow guns and over 1,000 feet of snowmaking pipe, allowing for better flow and increased water pressure. This season Caberfae will offer backcountry terrain for the adventuresome. Take warning! There is no lift access, no grooming and no snowmaking. Skiers and boarders enter at their own risk. Improvements to the base area include a renovated hotel lobby and the adjoining Beatie’s Bar & Grill, plus the addition of a renovated dorm room with 18 bunk beds for the budget-minded visitor. Those who purchase a season pass from Caberfae Peaks will also enjoy discounts at other Midwest resorts including Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek and Searchmont. (231) 862-3000, www.caberfaepeaks.com.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon cut a new trail, called Lynne’s Run. They also offer discounts for kids 16 and under, who receive a facilities pass for just $4, any day. Silver Streek weeks – January 13 – 17 and March 3 to 7 offer discounts for anyone 55 and older. Every full moon during the ski season (snow permitting) Cross Country Ski Headquarters will light the Trapper’s Cabin ski trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. (989) 821-6661 www.crosscountryski.com

Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling offers half-price trail fees for senior citizens. 1-888-876-2196, www.hansonhills.org.

Mt. Holiday in Traverse City has added a new rope tow for the coming winter. Adults 70+ and kids 6 and under ski free at Mt. Holiday. (231) 938-2500 www.mt-holiday.com

At Snow Snake Ski & Golf in Harrison anyone 70 years and older or six years an under ski free. (989) 539-6583, www.snowsnake.net

The folks at Cannonsburg in Belmont, have inked an agreement with MC Sports to establish a new retail entity called The Shop at Cannonsburg by MC Sports. The shop will provide exciting new brands and services to Cannonsburg skiers and riders. (616) 874-6711 www.cannonsburg.com

Apple Mountain in Freeland allows children 6 and under to ski for free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. (989) 781-6789 www.applemountain.com

Heading to southwestern Michigan, Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles has expanded its tubing area. Kids 7 and under ski free with a paying adult and anyone 60 and over gets half-off the price of a full-day ticket anytime at Timber Ridge. There are also discounts for military families and college students. 800-253-2928 www.timberridgeski.com.

At Bittersweet in Otsego, adults 60+ receive a $5 lift ticket rate reduction and 10% off season passes plus kids six and under enjoy half-price lift and rental equipment. (269) 694-2820 www.skibittersweet.com

Swiss Valley in Jones offers anyone 60 years and older half-price lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental. They also offer a 2 for 1 season ski passes for anyone 60 and older as well. Each day of the week Swiss Valley offers different discounts. Visit their website for details. (269) 244-5635 www.skiswissvalley.com

In Southeast Michigan the crews at Mt. Brighton in Brighton are busy with a $10 million facelift. The renovation is part of an effort by its new owner, Colorado-based Vail Resorts Management Co., to modernize the 53-year-old resort. Vail Resorts bought Mt. Brighton last fall and began the upgrades in June. Vail is completely overhauling Mt. Brighton’s snowmaking system, which includes adding 43 snow-making guns; 17,000 feet of pipe to transport water for snow-making; 92 hydrants to hold water for the process; and an automated pump house. In addition, they are replacing the chairlifts; remaking the beginner; expanding the race hill; creating a new terrain park and renovating the lodge to include new bars, kitchens, meeting space and room for an expanded children’s ski and snowboarding school. 1-888-222-7521 www.mtbrighton.com

Nearby, Alpine Valley in White Lake Township is improving its snowmaking machinery by adding 15 new snow guns and underground snow-making capabilities. The ski area has also remodeled a deck at the front of the lodge. 248.887.2180 www.skialpinevalley.com

Pine Knob in Clarkston offers seniors 65 and over and U.S. Military personnel $5 off any regularly priced lift ticket. Lift tickets for kids 6 and under are half price. 248) 625-0800 www.skipineknob.com

Mt. Holly of Holly has been busy expanding the snowmaking system. They added a pump and piping which will increase water output by approximately 20 percent. More water means more snow when temperatures dip below 28 degrees this winter. (248) 634-8269 www.skimtholly.com

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 DISCOVER MICHIGAN SKIING

Humans were never meant to hibernat, so this January Discover Michigan Skiing!

Clarkston, MI (November 2013) Ski areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to skiing and snowboarding, called Discover Michigan Skiing.

The program, which has run every January since 1992, includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-four ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2014. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone 7 years and older.

The lesson normally covers basic maneuvering on skis or snowboards, including stopping, turning, riding the lifts, and getting up from a fall. Discover Michigan Skiing is part of the national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” campaign, which is designed to provide a way for people all across the country to learn to ski or snowboard affordably and carries the slogan, “Humans were never meant to hibernate.”

To sign up, interested beginners must have a Discover Michigan Skiing Value Voucher. They will be available in December at participating Michigan McDonald’s restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores while quantities last. A printable voucher is also available online at goskimichigan.com. Participants choose the ski area they wish to visit and then must call to pre-register. Program times differ from ski area to ski area.

Participating ski areas include: Apple Mountain in Freeland; Big Powderhorn in Bessemer, Blackjack Ski Resort also in Bessemer, Bittersweet in Otsego; Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs; Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls; Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac; Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon; Hanson Hills of Grayling; Mont Ripley in Houghton; Mt. Brighton of Brighton; Mt. Holiday of Traverse City; Mt. Holly in Holly; Mt. Zion in Ironwood; Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex in Muskegon; Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs; Pine Knob in Clarkston; Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain, Shanty Creek of Bellaire; Ski Brule of Iron River; Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones; The Homestead of Glen Arbor; Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles; and Treetops Resort of Gaylord.

For more information, go to www.goskimichigan.com and click on Discover Michigan Skiing–or call MSIA at
(248) 620-4448.

Discover Michigan Skiing has been approved as an “advocate” for The President’s Challenge, the premier program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The Challenge encourages regular activity among children and adults. For more information, or to sign up for the challenge, visit www.goskimichigan.com, and click on the President’s Challenge link.

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CABERFAE PEAKS OPENS BACKCOUNTRY 

New for the 2013/2014 winter season, Caberfae will now offer the only backcountry skiing & riding in the Lower Peninsula. The area offers another 5 to 7 more open runs, trees, glades, chutes and plenty of untracked powder spanning approximately 25 acres. The backcounry terrain holds plenty of natural snow with its favorable Northeast exposure, protecting it from the sun and the prevailing winds. The out of bounds terrain can be accessed from the North Peak Quad Chair and is located to the east of North Peak. Start by heading down Smiling Irishmen and then you will see the backcountry signage/entrance on the right hand side. Take warning: there is no grooming, no snowmaking and no lift access. As a result, depending on how deep you go in, the further you will have to hike back out to the Shelter Double Chair (some areas can be accessed with little or no hiking). Enjoy the beauty of North Michigan at Caberfae Peaks, where you can always find fresh tracks after a recent snowfall! It's just you, Mother Nature, plenty of fresh snow and Pure Michigan! More information: www.caberfaepeaks.com

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 WHAT'S NEW AT BOYNE FOR 2013/14

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (September 12, 2013) – Last winter, guests at BOYNE’s northern Michigan resorts enjoyed a full five months of skiing and snowboarding, November 27 – April 28, as Boyne Highlands Resort was the first to open slopes in the Lower Peninsula and Boyne Mountain Resort was the last in the entire state to close out the season. The value of the BOYNE experience has never been more evident, combining access to Michigan’s two largest ski resorts with a total of 850 skiable acres and 115 trails, each offering 30% more terrain than any other ski area in Lower Michigan.

For the 2013/14 season, Boyne Highlands is celebrating its 50th season, adding 31 Boyne Low-E fan guns, a new PistenBully 400 winch cat, more rental equipment, expanding The Spa, and offering guests a remodeled Main Lodge pool.

At Boyne Mountain, the 2013/14 season brings 20 additional Boyne Low-E fan guns, a new PistenBully 400 winch cat, new extreme body slide at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, renovated Boynehof Lodge rooms, and an expanded fleet of rental equipment.

Combined, the resorts are investing nearly $3 million for the coming winter season. With the addition of 31 Boyne Low-E fan guns at Boyne Highlands and 20 Boyne Low-E fan guns at Boyne Mountain, the two resorts’ snowmaking systems are now exclusively powered by Low-E snow guns. The proprietary Low-E fan gun’s efficiency and marginal temperature snowmaking capability shines season after season with quality snow conditions and solid coverage, always backed by BOYNE’s snow guarantee. Supporting quality snow conditions, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain each purchased a brand-new PistenBully 400 winch cat groomer. The groomers’ winch cat feature allows for snow that’s been pushed down the slopes from use, to be pulled back up the slopes so it is more evenly distributed. The winch feature is particularly helpful on steep terrain and also allows for longer-lasting coverage in the springtime.

More of What’s New at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan -- Boyne Highlands joined the Boyne Resorts family 50 years ago this winter and has been delighting guests ever since. Previously operated as a private ski hill called Harbor Highlands that opened in 1955, Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts, expanded his presence in the ski industry with the purchase and opening of Boyne Highlands in 1963. That season, he introduced the world’s first triple chairlifts at Boyne Highlands and also announced interchangeable lift tickets providing skiers with access to both Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain with a single ticket – a benefit that is still enjoyed today. Boyne Highlands invites guests to celebrate the resort’s 50th anniversary season. Please visit BOYNE.com for updates on celebration plans.

Construction is underway at The Spa at Boyne Highlands on an expansion of a new nail salon to offer manicures and pedicures beginning this winter season. The nail services include use of SpaRitual, a line of polish, scrubs, and lotions made from certified organic ingredients, and scents focused on healing, energizing, and rejuvenating. The Spa at Boyne Highlands also offers massages, body treatments, and facials.

The Main Lodge pool has been entirely rebuilt, providing guests with a larger pool deck and hot tub. Also new for winter, food and beverage service is offered poolside with a full bar, draft beers, snacks, and light fare.

Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 90 sets of Head skis and boots, and 60 new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards for adults and children. With regular improvements in the technology of skiing and snowboarding equipment, new gear makes learning to ski and snowboard an easier and more enjoyable experience.

A new 110-foot suspended rope bridge has been constructed on Boyne Highlands’ Zipline Adventure course between lines three and four. The bridge adds a new adventure and heightens the tour experience with riders crossing the bridge suspended 20 feet above the valley. The Zipline Adventure Tour is a two and a half hour guided experience of seven ziplines descending over 50 stories.

New Extreme Body Slide at Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark -- Boyne Mountain is introducing new thrills this winter season with the opening of the first SuperLOOP™ slide in Michigan at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. The hair-raising ride named The Big Couloir features a trap door plummeting riders into the extreme body slide and traveling at speeds up to 38 feet per second before finishing with a splash. Resort lodging guests receive discounted waterpark admission, and guests can also purchase Michigan’s only ski and splash ticket providing all-day access to slope gliding and waterpark sliding. Avalanche Bay is Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark at 88,000 square feet and offers aquatic attractions for the whole family, plus a mega-arcade, Snack Shack, and Après Ski Pub featuring a full menu of food and drinks. Learn more about The Big Couloir at avalanchebay.com.

Stylish new rooms debut this winter season in Boyne Mountain’s Boynehof Lodge. The renovated rooms have a European vibe and feature custom artwork, hand-painted details, knotty pine and log accents, wet bar with pebblestone backsplash, all-new fixtures, draperies, and bedding package, fresh paint, and new flat screen TV and mini-fridge. Adding to the appeal of Boynehof is its premier location situated at the base of the slopes and within walking distance of Boyne Mountain’s bustling village area with shopping, dining, and après ski watering holes.

Additionally, the restrooms in the Civic Center at Boyne Mountain are being renovated to include hands-free faucets, soap dispensaries, and auto flushing, conserving water usage and becoming more user-friendly. The restrooms will also see new countertops and tile floors. In the Clock Tower Lodge, guests will notice a fresh look this winter with new furnishings, lighting, and carpet in the hotel lobby and slope viewing area, and a revamped exercise room.

Boyne Mountain Resort purchased additional equipment rental for this winter including 230 sets of Head skis and boots, and 95 additional Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards.

The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, located 27 miles apart, offering Lower Michigan’s highest vertical and longest runs. Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in Michigan. For reservations, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE.

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 NEW AT NUB'S NOB IN 2013/14

What’s New at Nub’s? We just installed a brand new Wintersteiger Mercury Ski and Snowboarding Shuttle in our Technology Center. This new machine represents the latest ski and snowboard tuning technology in the world and is capable of stone grinding, sharpening, and polishing your gear to world-class precision no matter what ski or snowboard you use. In our never ending quest for the best snow possible we have purchased another new snow grooming machine manufactured by Pisten Bully. Using the best design and engineering in the business, our fleet of these incredible machines allow our award winning crew of experienced groomers to continue producing the best ski and snowboard surfaces possible. We also installed new carpet in our main lodge, and the place is looking good!

• Awards! At Nub’s our motto is “First-Class and Friendly” and we’ve received some awards this past season that reflect that focus.

o Outstanding Ski Patrol of the Central Division

o #1 Terrain Park in the Midwest according to Outside Magazine

o #1 Ski Area in Northwest Michigan as voted by readers of the Petoskey News-Review

More informatio: www.nubsnob.com

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COLD IS COOL -- 4TH GRADERS SKI FREE 
Ski areas encourage kids to get out, have fun, and get healthy with ski-area field trips and free skiing for fourth graders

Clarkston, MI (November 2013)–The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. To this end MSIA has established the statewide “Cold is Cool” program for field trips to ski areas and a booklet that allows every fourth grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free. Fourth graders can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at each of the 21 participating ski areas.

The “Cold is Cool” program is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan children by offering outdoor winter activities. All school field trips include rental equipment, a lift ticket or trail pass and a ski lesson – all for $30 or less. The program is offered at ski areas across Michigan and has been approved as an “advocate” for The President’s Challenge program, which encourages regular activity among children and adults. The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports also endorses it.

Steve Kershner, MSIA chairman and director of skiing at Shanty Creek Resorts, says the association wants all Michigan kids to have the opportunity to ski or snowboard. Regarding the 4th Grade Passport, Kershner says, “Fourth grade is the perfect age to learn to ski. Nine- and ten-year-old kids have the coordination to pick up the sport quickly.”

In order for fourth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. “We feel that fourth graders should be supervised by an adult while on the slopes and trails. Our intention is to make this a fun, affordable and safe activity for the entire family,” says Mickey MacWilliams, MSIA executive director. With the Passport, up to two fourth graders can ski free with each paying adult. In addition, each passport contains coupons for discounts on purchases at participating ski shops, special offers from some of the participating ski areas and free lift tickets at ski areas in other states.

Information about Cold is Cool school field trips and applications for the Cold is Cool Passport are sent to all Michigan schools. Parents can also pick up the applications at participating MSIA ski shops and online at www.goskimichigan.com. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

Participating ski areas include: Alpine Valley of White Lake; Big Powderhorn in Bessemer; Blackjack Resort in Bessemer; Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs; Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls; Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac; Cannonsburg Ski Area of Cannonsburg; Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon; Crystal Mountain of Thompsonville; Hanson Hills of Grayling; The Homestead of Glen Arbor; Mt. Brighton of Brighton; Mt. Holiday in Traverse City; Mulligan’s Hollow of Grand Haven; Nub’s Nob of Harbor Springs; Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain; Shanty Creek Resorts of Bellaire; Snow Snake Ski & Golf of Harrison; Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones; Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles; and Treetops Resort of Gaylord. The Cold is Cool Fourth Grade Ski & Ride Passport has blackout dates at some of the participating ski areas, which are noted on the application. For more information, visit www.goskimichigan.com and click on Cold is Cool – or call MSIA at (248) 620-4448.

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 SKIERS NEED ICE

All of us know how easy it is to get separated from companions at a ski resort. There's also the possibility of disaster just driving to and from a ski resort. That's why it's a good idea to have emergency contact information at the ready. Every minute a ski patroller or first responder saves is a better chance for a good outcome for you.

Every skier should know about and utilize ICE – In Case of Emergency. It’s an internationally recognized program which “enables first responders, such as police, fire and paramedics to identify victims and enable contact with next of kin, guardians or other entrusted persons to obtain important medical information or make emergency notifications. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone contacts list under the name ICE.” www.ems-options.com If you don’t have this information readily available to the responders, they have to search for medic alert jewelry, use visual clues and vital signs, or rely on witness descriptions to make treatment decisions. First responders know to look in a person’s contact list for the ICE listing, so it’s to your advantage to put as much information under your listing as possible.

However, if you have an iPhone there’s a more full-featured application (app) you can put on your phone. The app is called “smart-ICE” and there are free and paid versions. I downloaded the free smart-ICE app and it allowed me to enter emergency contacts, information about my regular doctors, the medications I use, my allergies, special instructions, and even my picture. The app also has a 911 button which I can push to call the nearest 911 operator (regardless of where I am) and then emits an alert noise so responders can locate me. EMS-Options.com recommends that “you place the smart-ICE Icon in the upper left-hand corner of the main page.” For more information about ICE, the Ice4Safety.com website has a wealth of additional information, including free kits and wallet cards you can print out or order. 

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