Michigan Skier News





BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (September 29, 2021) – Big plans are underway for northern Michigan ski area, Boyne Mountain Resort, as resort officials today announced Renaissance 2.0, a plan to guide resort growth and development through the year 2030.  Included are national-level attractions, new technology and lift innovations, hotel developments, green initiatives, and more. 


“Boyne Mountain started our company’s 75-year journey in the ski and resort business, and we are excited to again build on its incredible foundation of innovative industry firsts with the next generation of attractions and our heritage of elevating the Midwest resort experience,” said Stephen Kircher, CEO and president of Boyne Resorts.    


“As we created Renaissance 2.0, we focused at length on our vision’s foundational pillars building off our efforts in the past several decades to create a true four-season resort village,” said Boyne Mountain President and General Manager, Ed Grice.  “With the projects and investments outlined in Renaissance 2.0, the next decade will bring unprecedented enhancements to our Swiss inspired resort village, elevate our mountain experience with the Midwest’s most advanced lift system, bring even more improvements in snowmaking capabilities, amplify our adventure activities, and reinforce our commitment to a sustainable future. The breadth of attractions will solidify Boyne Mountain’s place as a top, year-round recreational destination in the Midwest, and beyond.”


Renaissance 2.0 builds upon the framework of Boyne Mountain’s first Renaissance in the late 1990s, and early 2000s that brought the development of the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay, the state’s largest spa facility, and more.  Renaissance 2.0 is laid out in four phases and outlines first steps, as well as short-, mid-, and long-term projects.  Initial projects in the plan’s first steps encompass several major developments with construction already underway at the resort.


Project Highlights:


SkyBridge Michigan, A Peak-to-Peak Pedestrian Bridge

Poised to become known as “Michigan’s second bridge,” SkyBridge Michigan will also be the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge.  This new attraction is modeled after the wildly successful Gatlinburg SkyBridge at sister property, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park in Tennessee, and is an even more sensational, architectural masterpiece with its timber-frame design, a nod to the logging heritage of northern Michigan, with lumber sourced by long-time partner in resort growth, Matelski Lumber. Boyne Mountain’s SkyBridge Michigan is being constructed between the peaks of McLouth to Disciples Ridge with an anticipated opening in June of 2022.  Guests will ride one of several chairlifts to the mountain’s top, then take a walk along the exhilarating 1,203-foot long and 118-foot high pedestrian bridge with panoramic valley views and extensive light displays, and can also connect to Boyne Mountain’s extensive paved resort trail system.  SkyBridge Michigan will be open year-round.  To learn more, visit 2030.boynemountain.com.


Chalet Edelweiss, An Alluring European-Inspired Guest Haus

The former glory of the Edelweiss Lodge gets reimagined with a complete top-to-bottom renovation creating a contemporary alpine escape.  The new Chalet Edelweiss is an alluring European-inspired guest haus that reinvents the traditional mountain experience in chalet-luxe style. Across 35 rooms and suites filled with modern mountain character, a lush lobby living room, and onsite Nordic sauna experience, Chalet Edelweiss inspires with sophisticated appeal and provides the Midwest’s most convenient ski-in/ski-out experience.  Lodging reservations are available now for stays beginning in December 2021.  For more information or reservations, visit boynemountain.com/chalet-edelweiss.


RFID Technology Provides Swift Chairlift Access

Boyne Mountain has installed dual-frequency RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for the 2021/22 season, an upgrade from the original sticky ticket, facilitating direct-to-lift access for ticket and season passholders.  Providing a streamlined purchasing process, RFID systems enable guests to purchase lift tickets or season passes online, and reload a media card season-after-season.  RFID media cards can be picked up via several new pick-up boxes throughout the resort grounds.  To learn more, visit boynemountain.com.


Solar Array, Strides Toward A Sustainable Future

A solar array installation is nearing completion at Boyne Mountain Resort that when complete, stands to power the equivalence of the resort’s 300+ homes and condominiums.  The 1.7-megawatt system is being constructed by a CMS Energy subsidiary and is just one of many initiatives part of the ForeverProject, a guiding sustainability plan established by Boyne Mountain’s parent company, Boyne Resorts.  The marquee goal of the ForeverProject is to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 and working with CMS Enterprises has accelerated the effort by eliminating approximately 70% of the company’s carbon footprint driven by its electrical usage.  To learn more about the Solar Array and ForeverProject, visit boynemountain.com.


The Midwest's First D-Line, Eight-Passenger Chairlift

Boyne Mountain has been an institution in lift innovations going back to the day it opened with the Midwest’s first chairlift, the original first chairlift in the world that traveled by flatbed rail car from Sun Valley for the opening of Boyne Ski Club (aka Boyne Mountain Resort) in 1948.  From there, Boyne Mountain introduced the world’s first four-place in 1964, and installed America’s first high-speed six-person chairlift in 1992.  The next evolution of lift technology is coming to Boyne Mountain with the Midwest’s first Doppelmayr D-Line, a high-speed, eight-person lift.  Coined the “D8,” the new lift is replacing Disciples I and II, and will transform up-hill capacity in the Disciple’s Ridge area with an approximate 3 minute ride to the top.  Additional features include auto-locking safety bars, a child-friendly raisable loading carpet, and whisper quiet ride.  D8 is scheduled to begin operations for the 2022/23 winter season.


Projects included in the full ten-year plan include an impressive roster of new chairlifts; slope upgrades from snowmaking to lighting and signage; redefined and expanded village spaces; the addition of a major Avalanche Bay outdoor waterpark complex; airport improvements, expanded trail systems, Deer Lake and Beach House facility enhancements; sports complex upgrades; and more.  For more details on Boyne Mountain’s Renaissance 2.0 plans, visit 2030.boynemountain.com


HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (September 14, 2021) – Boyne Highlands Resort in northern Michigan has completed its second of four phases in a significant transformation of its iconic Main Lodge.  In this phase, the resort has remodeled 87 guest rooms into refined and elegant luxury accommodations. 

Guest rooms have expanded to more spacious layouts with options ranging from standard king and queen configurations, to deluxe, premium, and suite layouts with sitting areas and sleeper sofas. 

Drawing on inspiration from the hotel’s original English Tudor-style, the rooms have been renamed with Scottish and English heritage including The Glen, The Rowan, and The Hazel.

The design style is a blend of traditional English countryside with pure contemporary form, where gracious convention meets idyllic comfort.  The color palette draws on the rich earthy tones of the surrounding seasonal landscape, with clean, cozy textures, patterns, and classic materials from tufted leather headboards and rich wood built-in cabinetry to wainscoting, velour chairs, and metal elements.

Bathrooms feature marble floor and wall tiles, fixtures from British manufacturer, Lefroy & Brookes, with hand-casted, forged, polished, and assembled taps, Euro-style toilets, custom designed lighted mirrors, vanity toe kick nightlights, and local art adorning the walls. 

Each room features modern conveniences inclusive of complimentary Wi-Fi, high-efficiency mini smart refrigerator, Nespresso machine, and Oliver and Hemming Bluetooth speaker with analog clock.

“The modernization of the Main Lodge is a pivotal piece of a larger resort transformation that will be underway throughout the next 10 years," said Mike Chumbler, president and general manager of Boyne Highlands Resort. “The Main Lodge is at the heart of the experience, and stands as a testament to the elevated caliber of service, amenities, and accommodations our guests can expect.”

The next phase of the Main Lodge renovation is slated to begin in spring of 2022 with plans to construct a multi-level European-style spa facility and redesign the Tower lobbies.  The final phase includes reimagined restaurants, progressive conference facilities, a swimming complex, and more.

Main Lodge guest rooms are available now for booking.  The fall season offers spectacular and unique ways to soak in the region’s fall foliage from scenic chairlift rides and sky-high ziplining to horseback trail riding and a round of golf.  For reservations, visit boynehighlands.com or call 866.759.3530.




HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (August 19, 2021) – President and General Manager of Boyne Highlands Resort, Mike Chumbler, today announced the appointment of Julie Rogers as the resort’s Director of Marketing.  In her role, Rogers will oversee advertising, branding, and promotions of the charming all-season resort located in Harbor Springs in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Rogers has an extensive marketing background working for nearly 15 years within the tourism and hospitality sectors, including most recently serving as the Director of Marketing for Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for the past 9 years.  Prior to that, Rogers worked for several creative agencies over the span of 12 years handling national level brand accounts. 

Rogers currently serves on the Michigan Travel Commission Board of Directors, a position she’ll hold through August 2024, and is an active member of Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International.

“Julie’s background and experience, including having worked for an iconic resort of international fame, will be a tremendous asset to our team as we continue on our transformational journey of Boyne Highlands,” said Chumbler. “With her guidance, we’ll be able to elevate to a higher caliber resort and guest experience.” 

Rogers can be contacted at julie.rogers@boynehighlands.com or 231.526.3044


One-Piece Nordic Walking Poles Radically Improve Balance, Stability, And Gait -- NO Longer Just For Athletes, Backpackers & Expert Skiers Deprived Of Snow!


Over 12 million Europeans are walking with special Nordic Ski Walking Poles (ALL ages and ALL fitness levels). This amazing new fitness activity turbocharges the typical walking regimen. Nordic Walking burns up to 40% more calories than regular walking. Using the correct length poles automatically improves walking posture. The correct length poles trick us into standing taller and help to radically reduce the stress to the shins, knees, hips, and back. Nordic Walking is ideal for athletes, kids, adults of all ages, and even folks with balance issues.


Every day, here at SKIWALKING.COM LLC and The American Nordic Walking System, we receive thank you emails and wonderful reviews from happy customers - including folks with bad/new knees, bad/new hips, back problems, balance, and other issues. One of our first customers asked if our walking poles would help improve her balance problems stemming from an inner ear issue. At the time, I wasn’t sure, but I did share with her several impressive success stories from individuals with knee, hip and/or back problems. By using the correct length poles, she was able to navigate even the roughest terrain with balance and security provided by the poles. She has been successfully using our Swix VIP Nordic Walking Poles for years now.


Nordic Walking’s winning combination of improved posture, and unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action and shock absorbing benefits - helping many individuals to walk comfortably again. Nordic Walking Poles are helping individuals with balance issues, knee issues, hip issues, back issues (including those with rods in their back), weight issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),  diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. Nordic Walking poles are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely, and effectively launch much-needed walking campaigns.


While hosting Nordic Walking at The Fitness Center in Traverse City, Michigan, I was introduced to Michelle Honer. Michelle had signed up to participate in one of my Ski Walking Classes. When she walked up the handicap ramp prior to the class with her cane, it was apparent that she had some balance issues. Michelle informed her classmates that she had MS. Our 1st Ski Walk was only a few blocks down and back. Within several weeks we were covering about 2 miles in one hour.


For seven prior years, Michelle had ridden an electric scooter in the Traverse City MS Walk. Michelle’s Nordic Walking Poles helped to enable her to walk the 5K (3.1 miles). Local newspapers and TV stations have covered her remarkable story.


"My special Nordic Walking poles have allowed me to walk taller, faster, further and with much more stability than with my cane. Their one-piece design is so much better than my old adjustable poles that broke unexpectedly at an extremely inconvenient time," says Michelle.


Michelle became an official Ski Walking Ambassador for SKIWALKING.COM and proudly wore her Ski Walking Shirt made of organic cotton while assisting at many of my Nordic Walking Clinics. Michelle’s success with the walking poles encouraged me to host free Nordic Walking Clinics at MS Support Group meetings. She suggested that I also contact the Jimmie Heuga Center in Colorado. The Heuga Center is dedicated to helping those with MS lead healthier and happier lives.


A few summers back we hosted free Nordic Walking Clinics and donated our SWIX Nordic Walking Poles to Wounded Warriors at Fort Carson in Colorado. Many of these American heroes came to our clinics using canes and walkers. One Wounded Warrior had just been released from his wheelchair. ALL found that using the correct length poles really did radically improve balance, stability, and gait. Our one-piece poles are much more stable then collapsible poles. 32 different lengths ensure a perfect fit.


We receive thank you letters and emails every day from super happy customers. Here are a couple of wonderful examples:


I just returned from a 14-day trip to London and Ireland. I was able to do almost everything using my walking poles or "walking sticks" as they call them in England and Ireland. I could not have considered this trip without my "walking sticks," and I am grateful for them. I hope all Parkinson's patients will be able to make use of "walking sticks."

Again, thanks for making my once in a lifetime adventure a reality.



We've been Ski Walking every day, and I am truly amazed watching Linda with her new walking poles. If I didn't know that Linda had MS and the related gate problems that most MS patients have, I would not have believed it! She walks "normal" whatever that is? Your poles are great!



My husband bought me your poles for my birthday last week. I LOVE them. I have MS and walk with a slight limp, and my balance is off sometimes. I am now walking in the park at a brisk walk every day for about 1 1/2 miles. Thank you so much. They make a big difference in my walking. I told him they are the best birthday present he has ever bought me. Thanks again.



It may sound like magic, but it is just good physics. The key is using "perfect length" Nordic Walking Poles. The perfect length poles actually trick us into walking with a super straight back - better walking posture is biomechanically a good thing. This improved walking posture, when combined with the unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action of walking with poles, radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips, and back. Nordic Walking is low impact and yet provides a highly effective workout - burning more calories and working more muscle groups than regular walking. 


We recommend quality one-piece poles that won’t collapse unexpectedly. One-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles. Our one-piece poles are doctor recommended.  Adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles should NEVER be recommended to anyone with a balance issue. Hundreds of backpackers have tumbled when their telescoping poles unexpectedly collapsed, sometimes causing severe injuries. 


According to Nick Mahood, SWIX USA Nordic Walking Director, "Pete Edwards, the American Nordic Walking System and SKIWALKING.COM LLC's owner/found/coach, has single-handedly introduced thousands of Americans to Nordic Walking through his enthusiastic Nordic Walking clinics! I have no doubt that Edwards is the #1 retailer of Nordic Walking Poles in the USA! You can quote me on that!"



For more information, pictures, info on how to get started, and how to buy – please contact:

The American Nordic Walking System 



Phone: 231-334-3080