BOYNE HIGHLANDS NEW RESORT APP
Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Mich., has unveiled a new resort App for winter enthusiasts. Skiers and snowboarders can now download the App to track their ski runs and speed on the slopes with fun, interactive features. The App also features optional push notifications for real-time reporting of snow conditions, lift status, and more, as well as provides quick access to view web cams and the resort’s trail map. Users have the ability to conveniently purchase lift tickets, and also receive access to exclusive deals and special offers. In celebration of the App, Boyne Highlands is giving away weekly resort gift cards and swag to the guest that tracks the most runs each week through the App. To enter, users can take a screenshot of the My Tracks page and tag Boyne Highlands on social media using the hashtag #HighlandsTracks. To download the App, visit Google Play or the iTunes Store and search Boyne Highlands.
SNOWBOARDERS BREAK RECORD FOR MOST SKI AREAS IN A DAY
January 13, 2019 – Clarkston, MI – A pair of Michigan snowboarders teamed up with the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) to break the North American record for the most ski areas snowboarded in a 24-hour period. “The Guinness record is 17 ski areas and it was set in Japan. No one in the U.S. has ever gotten that far,” stated David Zemens of Rockford. Together with Sabato Caputo of Lansing they began their quest on Friday night, January 11 and finished on Saturday night, January 12.
In 2013 Pat Bridges and a crew from Snowboarder Magazine set the previous North American record in Vermont with a 12-ski area trip. Zemens and Caputo smashed that record by including 16 Michigan ski areas in their trek.
The two began at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11 at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs. They continued on to Nub’s Nob that same evening and then headed down to Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls to finish out the night. “This worked out well because Boyne Mountain was open for 70 hours straight to celebrate their 70th birthday and raise money for Challenge Mountain, a ski area solely dedicated to assisting people with special needs.” said Mickey MacWilliams, MSIA president.
On Saturday morning, the pair started in Gaylord at Treetops Resort, then Otsego Club and Resort. From there it was on to Schuss Mountain and the Summit slopes at Shanty Creek. Next it was Mt. Holiday then Hickory Hills in Traverse City then down to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac and Snow Snake in Harrison. Heading toward Southeast Michigan, they stopped at Mt. Holly in Holly, Pine Knob in Clarkston, Alpine Valley in White Lake and ended the trip at Mt. Brighton in Brighton at approximately 8:00 p.m., completing the entire run within 24 hours.
“The thing I enjoyed the most was seeing all the different ski communities throughout the state,” said Caputo. “We saw young kids just learning, experienced shredders in some great parks and people of all ages out there having a blast,” he added.
“We planned this over January 11 and 12 because January 11 was National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that Michigan has so many great ski slopes within an easy drive of most metropolitan areas,” says MacWilliams. “In fact, we have more ski areas than any other state except New York. No matter where you live, in either the Upper Peninsula or Lower Peninsula of Michigan, you are within a 2 to 2 ½ -hour drive of a ski area,” she added.
Zemens hosts the popular snowboard website, agnarchy.com.
DON THOMAS PASSES AWAY
Donald F. Thomas, loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and friend, peacefully passed away December 20th, 2018 at the age of 90. Don was a loving and giving man who lived life to the fullest. Don cherished his family and his many friends, and was respected by all.
Don Thomas was a visionary and pioneer in the ski industry; following his passion for the sport, he turned it into a successful career, establishing Don Thomas Sporthaus in 1953, in Ferndale, Michigan. As the business grew, Don Thomas Sporthaus opened in 1963 in Bloomfield Plaza.
Don dedicated his career to sharing his love of skiing and the inherent camaraderie that the sport renders. Don continuously gave back to the sport of skiing, an original founder of Ski Prix, a highly successful fundraiser for the U.S. Ski Team, and working with high school ski teams.
In 1964, Don Thomas started the Blizzard Ski Club, Michigan’s first teaching program for junior skiers, which grew to launch over 3,000 skiers each season. Don Thomas was inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals that have significantly contributed to the growth of skiing and snowsports.
Donald Thomas was born April 26, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan to Delma Frelick Thomas and Raphael Thomas, and attended Cass Tech, U. of D., and Central Michigan University. Don married his wife of 65 years, Edna Whitney, in 1953 who he originally courted in the Snowflake Room, at Boyne Mountain. He promptly opened the original Don Thomas Sporthaus following their marriage.
Don enjoyed all of the Michigan seasons, the outdoors, and travelling. A member at the Detroit Yacht Club since the mid 1950’s, Don loved sharing the water aboard his boat the Sno Mink with family and friends. Many a trip to Georgian Bay and throughout the Great Lakes was enjoyed by all.
Don Thomas is survived by his three children, Bob (Lindley) Thomas, Nancy (George) Joseph, and Bill (Kami) Thomas and sister-in-law Doris Whitney. Proud Grandfather to Lawrence, Michael, Megan, Gregory, Andrew, Christopher, Elizabeth, Anna, and Sophie. Proceeded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Edna W. Thomas.
Friends may visit at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy 48083, Thursday, January 10th beginning at 11am. A Sharing of Memories will begin at 12 Noon followed by a reception. Please bring a story to share.
Go to Youtube to watch all of these videos featuring Don Thomas.
SAFETY ON THE SLOPES: PREVENTING SKIING/SNOWBOARDING INJURIES
Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter sports worldwide. As many as 20 million people in the United States participate in some form of snow sport, the majority of whom choose to ski. Being safe is paramount, so here's a good article about proper safety measures. (Thanks to our buddy James for finding this.) Click here to read...
WHAT'S NEW IN MICHIGAN SKIING 2018-2019
Southeast Michigan Ski Area Updates
300′ vertical drop, 25 runs, 100 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 34% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Snowmaking enhancements: Alpine Valley reports that they’ve refurbished their fleet of snowmaking cannons to prepare for the upcoming season.
Aesthetics: Upper and lower decks of the lodge have been resurfaced.
Terrain park updates: The half pipe is no more, but in its place riders will find a rail garden terrain park, serviced by a high speed tow rope. Alpine Valley has also fabricated 5 new kinked rails and 4 new lifter tower pole rails to add to the collection of park features. Chair 6 will feature a progression park of smaller boxes, rails, and jump features. Chair 2 will service a slope-style park, where riders will find a traditional fast flowing slope style course with a mix of larger jumps and rails, with a rail jam hub at the base. The rail garden, accessed by the high-speed tow, will feature two sides with 15-24 features that are changed out regularly. Alpine Valley also plans to have a boarder cross course available.
Activities: Beer league ski racing, multiple rail jams, slope style events, and other contests are planned for the season. First Tracks, a program designed for kids 4-11, will introduce new skiers and snowboarders to the sport, with sessions from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Keep an eye out for Alpine Valley’s pile poaching party!
230′ vertical drop, 24 runs, 130 skiable acres, 5 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Learn to ski: Ever thought about giving skiing or snowboarding a try? On January 11, National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day, $10 will get you rental equipment, a 1-hour lesson, and hill access during your lesson.
Senior Ski School Special: A group lesson designed for seniors who want to get out and enjoy winter, every Tuesday meet for this special $15 group lesson with a cup of coffee on the house. (The purchase of a lift ticket is required).
Try Gates Free: Feeling the need for speed? Come out and try the NASTAR race course and get free coaching from 11:30-12:30 on January 12th.
Ready to Ski. Ready to Ride: Sessions begin in January. First-time skiers or snowboarders learn a new sport and take home new skis/bindings snowboard/bindings in this unique multi-week lesson program.
Tree Lighting Celebration: December 16. Celebrate the start of our favorite season with a day of winter fun. Activities include carolers, skiing with Santa, Burton Riglet and the lighting of our holiday tree.
Ski Girls Rock: Sessions begin in January offer two-day camps led by female instructors focusing on empowering young women and building confidence.
350′ vertical drop, 19 runs, 100 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced
Business update: Detroit-based Wisconsin Resorts – the parent company of Mt. Holly, Pine Knob and Bittersweet – has purchased Searchmont Resort in Sault Ste Marie, Canada in a $2 million deal that was finalized on November 1.
Terrain park updates: The park crew has had a busy offseason of landscape and earth moving activity that has allowed Mt. Holly to expand their terrain park by 20,000 additional square feet of ridable terrain.
Snowmaking enhancements: Mt. Holly has built 10 new snowguns to upgrade and replace existing guns to a higher efficiency design that allows the SE Michigan resort to make more snow with less water and electricity.
Lodge renovations: Guests can expect to find new tile entryways in the lodge, new carpeting in the rental department, along with upgraded heating and ventilation.
Northern Michigan Ski Area Updates
552′ vertical drop, 55 runs, 435 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 35% Beginner, 29% Intermediate, 35% Advanced 2% Expert
Terrain park updates: There’s been an increased investment in the Highlands terrain park for this upcoming season. Boyne reports that they’ve added a Pistenbully ParkPro to their fleet to help build out the 4 parks at the Harbor Springs resort. Landscape work has also been underway this summer on the halfpipe, allowing it to open earlier in the season. The MacGully Terrain Park will become the signature park this season, Challenger will offer medium park progression, and Funland will see more features and increased acreage as the smaller, progression park.
Food and drink additions: The popular Smoothie Station is adding three flavors of yogurts and an expanded ingredient bar, and the Ramen Bar will also offer pasta. Fresh baked goods will fuel guests up for a day on the slopes, and a new health conscious corner will cater to those seeking organic and healthy snacks.
Season pass updates: This winter Boyne is participating with the IKON Pass, a season pass with multiple locations around the world. For the 2018/19 season, Boyne Highlands, along with sister resort Boyne Mountain, will offer seven days each on the Ikon Pass and five days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates. For more information, visit ikonpass.com. Highlands is also experimenting with four new pass products: The Ski Three Pass, Four Fun Pass, High Five Pass and the Dust Off The Rust Pass. The Ski Three Pass is a three-pack of lift tickets available non-holidays for $179. The Four Fun Pass is a four-package of tickets with no blackout dates for $359, and the High Five Pass is a five-pack of lift tickets available non-holiday for $259. All three passes can be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
500′ vertical drop, 60 runs, 415 skiable acres, 7 terrain parks. 29% Beginner, 41% Intermediate, 29% Advanced 1% Expert
Grooming enhancements: Boyne Mountain has added a PistenBully 600 Polar to their fleet of groomers for the 2018-2019 season. The PistenBully 600 Polar is the first snow groomer in the world to meet EU Stage V emissions-control requirements.
Snowmaking enhancements: 1000 feet of new 12″ pipe has been installed on Ramshead, improving snowmaking capabilities.
Season pass updates: This winter Boyne is participating with the IKON Pass, a season pass for multiple locations around the world. Boyne Mountain along with sister resort Boyne Highlands, will offer seven days each on the Ikon Pass and five days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates. For more information, visit ikonpass.com.
485′ vertical drop, 34 runs, 200 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 35% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 29% Advanced
Snowmaking enhancements: Caberfae reports that they’ve added 4 new SMI Super Pole Cat towers, 9 additional SMI Pole Cat towers, and have installed 1000 feet of new snowmaking pipeline.The upgraded pipes were installed on South Peak and are expected to improve snowmaking on Charlie, Liberty, GG’s Ride, and Bullet.
Beginner ski area enhancements: Caberfae made a lot of updates here, so we’re consolidating this into one area. The beginner area has been improved by changing the grade of the slope and installing a Sunkind Wonder Carpet Conveyor lift, a major improvement for new riders. Caberfae also added 3 SMI Viking snowmaking towers to the bunny slope.
Amenities: Additional storage lockers have been added to the rental facility
Infrastructure improvements: Improvements to the base area include expanded parking, a new paved skier drop off and concrete walkways, and a new courtyard area for summer events.
Cross Country Ski Headquarters
Grooming: An additional tractor will help speed up and smooth out the process of spreading snow along the ski trails. With two tractors, plus a snow-maker and snow-spreader, HQ hopes to offer consistently good skiing on a larger portion of the trail network.
Saturday Free Ski Lesson: Every Saturday at 10:30 you can learn for free. This beginner lesson is appropriate for all ages, and covers the basic of cross country skiing and skate skiing. Participants will learn how to get up after a fall, as well as go up and down hills efficiently and safely. Each lesson ends with a guided ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can continue exploring the HQ trail network, or stop by the bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa or a snack. Ski rentals available.
Other events – Stretch & Slide – a Yoga-Ski Retreat January 19 and Feb. 16. Start the day with a gentle yoga class, followed by a beginner cross country ski lesson. Ski the Beer Trail, February 2, where skiers and snowshoers tour the tasting stations along the ski trail, while enjoying the beauty of the winter forest. Tasty food events take place every winter weekend, including Ribs & Blues on March 2nd, Paella Sundays on January 20 and February 10, Spring Ski Fest & Hawaiian Barbecue on March 16, and the all-new Taste of Gates Dinner, featuring cuisine from the renowned Gates AuSable Lodge, on February 9. Full Moon Night Skiing takes place on December 21, January 18, and February 15. Ski or snowshoe along torch-lit trails and stop in at Trapper’s Cabin for a bonfire and free cocoa.
375′ vertical drop, 58 runs, 103 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 22% Beginner, 48% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Snowmaking enhancements: Crystal Mountain recently completed the installation of a new tower snow gun on the steepest section of Buck, which allows this terrain to open earlier in the season.
Expanded season: Weather permitting, Crystal Mountain intends to extend their season to April 7th this season. This gives those of us that cling to winter an additional option when looking for the last turns of the season.
New trail name: Cheers, home to Crystal Mountain’s NASTAR course, is being renamed Cheers to Lou in honor of Lou Batori, who passed away last year at 107 years of age. You may recall that Lou was a regular at Crystal Mountain- racing until 100, and skiing until he was 106 years old.
Other winter activities: Crystal Mountain will install a new surface on their Barr Park ice rink with a design that should provide more opportunity for figure eights and hockey stops alike. Alongside the new rink will be a new bonfire area to keep warm while enjoying winter.
Green energy transition: For years, Crystal Mountain has lighted five kilometers of its Otter trail for night skiing. The only change to that tradition this year is how the trail is lit. The new lighting won’t rely on a plug but the sun as solar-powered lights brightly illuminate the path ahead for cross-country skiers – only with more energy efficiency.
Terrain park enhancements: New jibs!
Hickory Hills Ski Area
8 runs with 1 beginner, 5 intermediate, and 2 advanced runs that are serviced by 5 rope tows. 1 terrain park.
For those unaware, Hickory Hills is owned and operated by Traverse City, offering night skiing on 7 of the 8 existing runs. In addition to downhill activities, Hickory Hills offers cross country skiing, fireplace, and snack bar.
Expanded terrain: Thanks to a combination of private and public funding, Hickory Hills has added four new trails and widened existing trails.
Additional winter activities: Hickory Hills intends to add a learning center and sledding hill to the ski area.
427′ vertical drop, 53 runs, 248 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced
Amenity updates: Nubs Nob is adding 215 lockers to their popular slope-side locker room, equipped with new carpeting and LED lighting, all designed to make it easier to get ready to hit the hill.
Aesthetics: Red chairlift is getting a facelift, a fresh coat of paint and new seat pads will greet skiers and riders this season.
Food and drink additions: The Pintail Peak warming house is adding an espresso bar to keep you warm this winter; serving hot drinks on weekends, Mondays, Fridays and weekends. Pintail Peak will also offer food service on weekends and holidays.
Snowmaking enhancements: Nubs Nob added a new drive to their pump house and an additional snow gun to add to their arsenal of snowmaking equipment.
400′ vertical drop, 31 runs, 136 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 36% Beginner, 24% Intermediate, 38% Advanced
Business update: Gary Vollmar purchased Otsego Resort, formerly a private resort, this summer for $1.8 million. According to Mike Bedells, General Manager of the Gaylord resort, skiing will remain open to the public for the 2018-2019 season. “It will be similar to last ski season,” he said. “Lockers will be available, and we’ll have as much of the hill open as possible.”
Snowmaking and grooming enhancements: One of the first investments Vollmer made after the purchase was in snow equipment; low-mileage groomers and snow making guns.
Looking ahead: Guests can expect improvements to be made to existing facilities at Otsego, with a priority placed on improvements that benefit customers. Vollmer also purchased 200 adjacent acres which may be developed at a later time. Vollmer intends to retain the staff at Otsego Resort, listing them as a valuable asset to the resort moving forward.
Shanty Creek Resorts
450′ vertical drop, 41 runs, 70 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 24% Beginner, 24% Intermediate, 51% Advanced
Amenity updates: Shanty Creek is updating their entire rental fleet for the 2018-2019 season. New rental equipment will include Rossignol skis, ski boots, snowboards, and snowboard boots.
Cross-country Skiing upgrades: Shanty reports several updates related to Nordic skiing for 2018-2019. Nordic trails have been widened to 20 ft. to allow for side-by-side track-set trails and room for groomed skate skiing. This was made possible by the purchase of a new Prinoth Bombadier MP groomer for Nordic trails. Shanty Creek is also bringing a new Nordic Center to Schuss Village. Located at the golf course pro shop, the Nordic Center provides out-the-door access to easy and challenging Nordic trails.
Expanded terrain: Expanded glade options continue this season at Shanty Creek. Treed areas off of the Red Lift have been thinned out to create more approachable lines for tree lovers. These improvements include Torino Glade, Forest Jump, and all along the trees leading to River Run.
Grooming enhancements: Nordic trails aren’t the only ones getting love this season. Shanty Creek also added a new Prinoth Bison X to their fleet of downhill groomers. Additionally, Shanty reports a new cold water source, pumps, and other infrastructure will allow the snowmaking crew to once again increase efficiency and make more snow faster in order to open terrain as early as possible in the early days of the season.
320′ vertical drop, 15 runs, 16 skiable acres, 1 terrain parks. 27% Beginner, 47% Intermediate, 27% Advanced
updates: The Homestead recently opened their new Mountain Village, where visitors will find an indoor/outdoor restaurant with a massive wood-fired grill, new play spaces for children, a splash pad, and a large green space for relaxing and outdoor concerts. There have been updates to the snowmaking infrastructure to improve efficiency. The terrain park is also being expanded to increase freestyle options at the resort. Be on the lookout for tree jib options at the Homestead.
Food and drink additions: The new Mountain Village will include Cavanaugh’s Market, serving everything from groceries and alcohol to ready-to-eat meals, Nonna’s, an upscale Italian restaurant, and Sparks Bar & Grill.
225′ vertical drop, 23 runs, 80 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced
Amenity updates: Newly renovated lodging rooms, a new dining experience in Hunter’s Grille and the Sports Bar, and an expanded children’s program, including in-room nanny service and winter drop-in hours.
Winter Trail Updates: New this season is the Jones Activity Center offering guests cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire snow biking on a beautifully groomed trail system. Also available at the Jones Activity Center is ice skating, dogsledding, and sleigh rides. The popular Skiable Feast Adventure is now on the main property, taking guests on a winter culinary adventure with trailside gourmet food and beverage stations.
Snowmaking enhancements: Treetops added another Prinoth Bison X groomer to the fleet late season last year. New this season, snowmaking will be used on 3km of XC trails to make snow conditions the best they can at all times.
Terrain: Treetops added a new top trail for Al’s Bypass, giving the trail its own feel. There’s also a new trail added to the XC system to make it easier to get to lower trails.
Activities: Heikki Lunta Party every Friday night, Kid’s Craft Hours and Amazing Race on Saturdays
Upper Peninsula Ski Area Updates
Big Snow Resort: Indianhead and Blackjack
Blackjack: 465′ vertical drop, 25 runs, 170 skiable acres, 1 terrain parks. 16% Beginner, 32% Intermediate, 44% Advanced 8% Expert Indianhead: 637′ vertical drop, 32 runs, 240 skiable acres, 1 terrain parks. 19% Beginner, 31% Intermediate, 41% Advanced 9% Expert
Additional hours: New night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights until 8pm at both Indianhead and Blackjack.
More winter activities: Snowmobile rentals, Yeti Forts with tubing.
Events: Live music every Friday and Saturday. Weekly theme dances and parties. Appreciation weeks for school employees, medical fields. Visit http://www.bigsnow.com for more details.
600′ vertical drop, 35 runs, 169 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 15% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
Pass pricing update: Under new management, Marquette Mountain cut prices almost in half. Season Passes are $249, Student Pass (7 and up) $99. The Daily Lift Ticket is $25.
Infrastructure improvements: New LED lighting has been installed from Cliff’s Ridge to Ridge run.
Expanded hours: Thanks to the improvements to lighting, Marquette Mountain is now offering skiing and riding from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Snowmaking enhancements: Marquette plans to extend their ski season with the purchase of 20 SMI snow guns.
Grooming enhancements: The focus on snow at Marquette Mountain extends to their grooming fleet. The U.P. resort expanded their grooming potential with the purchase of two groomers and the repair of a third groomer.
Food and drink enhancements: The Carp River Saloon (open daily at noon) reports an updated menu and reduced drink prices. They’ve also added a new chilled 6-tap system, perfect for après ski activities, which now includes live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to10 p.m.
Aesthetics: The Mt. Shop has moved to the location of the former Alpine Room; bigger, brighter, cheerier, and more accessible to the mountain. Plus, the lodge has a fresh coat of paint.
Pine Mountain Resort
500′ vertical drop, 27 runs, 160 skiable acres, 3 terrain park. 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Business update: Ski area management reports that an anonymous buyer purchased Pine Mountain over the off-season and has already began making improvements.
Terrain enhancements: The resort is building out a new area for beginners.
Amenities: The hotel bar, restaurant, condominiums, and lodging are all undergoing substantial renovations. A new lobby and so much more is waiting for you at Pine Mountain Resort, in Iron Mountain.
Ski Brule Resort
500′ vertical drop, 17 runs, 150 skiable acres, 3 terrain park. 35% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 24% Advanced, 6% Expert
Opening day news: Weather permitting, Ski Brule is almost always the first ski area in Michigan to open and best yet, lift tickets are free on opening day.
Terrain park updates: Ski Brule updates their three terrain parks weekly, but keep an eye out for the Acrobag this season. The Acrobag is a tool that will help you focus on learning a new trick without the fear of a hard landing. The Acrobag pass is free with a daily lift ticket and available at Guest Services
WHAT'S NEW AT CABERFAE PEAKS FOR 2018-2019
Caberfae Peaks is always striving to enhance the overall resort experience for skiers and boarders. Improvements for the 2018-2019 snowsports season will provide exciting additions to this effort.
On the slopes, Caberfae Peaks continues its tradition of making and grooming the best snow in the region. Snowmaking has been bolstered with the addition of four new SMI Super PoleCat snowmaking guns and nine new SMI PoleCat snowmaking towers. Added to this is over 1000 feet of larger diameter snowmaking pipe on South Peak to allow for better flow, less friction loss, and a higher PSI. What this means is that Caberfae Peaks will be able to produce more great snow in record time.
Better snow and more of it will benefit skiers and boarders of all levels, but this season novices will find themselves in the spotlight. That's because a newly renovated learn-to-ski beginner area includes the brand new Green Mountain Flying Carpet Lift.
The carpet lift, similar to a conveyor, will run alongside a gradual more gently graded slope. This new lift and area is sure to be popular for first-timers and families.
Alpine enthusiasts are not the only ones who will be cashing in on the fun this winter. Cross country skiers will enjoy the brand new cross country ski rental equipment from Rossignol. Nordic skiers will be able to rent XC equipment at the Peaks and access 15 km of groomed trails right from the resort.
With all of this happening on the slopes, perhaps the most dramatic improvements are in the base area. The parking lot will feature 200 additional parking spaces that have been resurfaced with recycled asphalt millings. The skier drop-off area has been revamped. Plus, the area between the MacKenzie Lodge and the Blackmer Lodge has been totally reimagined for pedestrians with contoured landscaping, concrete sidewalks, and expanded gathering spots.
All in all, 2018-2019 promises to be another exhilarating snowsports season for Michigan's most legendary destination winter resort. More information: www.caberfaepeaks.com.
WHAT'S NEW AT BOYNE MOUNTAIN FOR 2018-2019
BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (October 4, 2018) – The 2018/19 season at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Mich. brings a new PistenBully 600 Polar cat, enhancements to snowmaking capabilities, improvements on the slopes, new HVAC system to the iconic Clock Tower Lodge, a new WINTERSTEIGER tuning machine, Terrain Based Learning™ at the SnowSports Academy, sixty additional seasonal lockers, participation in the Ikon Pass, and online sales to Avalanche Bay.
On The Slopes
Boyne Mountain is adding to its fleet of snow cats with a new PistenBully 600 Polar, the only one on the slopes for the up-coming season in Michigan and one of only two in the Midwest. With tracks for every grooming job, clean performance and maximum economy, the PistenBully 600 Polar rises better and pushes snow harder than other cats on the market. Boyne Mountain has also added 1,000 feet of 12” new ductile iron pipe on Ramshead increasing volume and snowmaking infrastructure.
Around the Resort
New LED trail signage will grace the base and top of the Mountain Express lift for improved communication of trail and lift openings and closures. Guests can also find this information synced with the resort’s website – boynemountain.com – as well as the resort channel viewed in resort accommodations.
On the cross country trails, new wayfinding trail signage has been added providing guidance for cross country skiers, snowshoers, and fat tire snow bikers.
The Clock Tower Lodge also has a new HVAC system.
New Mercury WINTERSTEIGER Machine Comes to Boyne Country Sports at Boyne Mountain
Whether race, carver, all terrain, or rocker, the Mercury WINTERSTEIGER’s automated service station allows the tuning to perfection of up to 30 pairs of skis and snowboards every hour. A full tune costs $49.99.
SnowSports Academy Introduces Terrain Based Learning™ and Season Passholder Clinics
This winter, the Boyne Mountain SnowSports Academy’s learning area will become the ‘GO ZONE’ with emphasis on Terrain Based Learning™. Founded by Snow Operating, Terrain Based Learning™ has won industry awards for this innovative program, which focuses on a fun-first approach to the on-snow experience and utilizes shaped snow. First time skiers and snowboarders can learn on features that include a mini-pipe, roller, banked turns, and the perfect slope.
Also new this season are Season Passholder Clinics taking place once a month on Saturday mornings beginning in December. The clinics are free to all passholders and areas of focus and dates will be announced on boynemountain.com. Reservations are required by calling 231.549.6056.
60 New Lockers Being Added
Boyne Mountain is adding 60 new lockers that can accommodate up to six sets of gear each to the Boyne Country Sports building. The lockers will be available for rent on a seasonal basis. Included with the fee, guests will also receive valet parking on weekends and evenings, a special rate on full tune-ups for gear, and beverage service with hot chocolate and coffee. Call 231.549.6080 for early season pricing.
Boyne Mountain Participates with the Ikon Pass
The new standard in season passes, the Ikon Pass connects the most iconic mountains across North America and Australia delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. Launched in January 2018, it is a collaboration of industry leaders – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and Thredbo. For the 2018/19 season, Boyne Mountain along with sister resort Boyne Highlands, will offer seven days each on the Ikon Pass and five days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates. For more information, visit ikonpass.com.
Online Ticket Sales for Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark Avalanche Bay, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark measuring 88,000 square feet, is now selling day passes online at avalanchebay.com. The park offers 11 rides, slides and pools, as well as two eateries, an Arcade, and Fritz's Snow Fort with daily activities for ages 12 and under.
For lodging reservations or resort information, visit boynemountain.com or call 866.759.1472.
WHAT'S NEW AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS FOR 2018-2019
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (October 10, 2018) – The 2018/19 season at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich. brings new pass products, park enhancements, expanded dining options, new ski and boot packages in Equipment Rental, and participation in the Ikon Pass.
New Pass Products
Boyne Highlands is rolling out four new pass products for the up-coming season in which guests can take advantage of early season pricing. The Ski Three Pass, Four Fun Pass, High Five Pass and Dust Off The Rust Pass are all on sale now. The Ski Three Pass is a three-pack of lift tickets available non-holidays for $179. The Four Fun Pass is a four-package of tickets with no blackout dates for $359, and the High Five Pass is a five-pack of lift tickets available non-holiday for $259. All three passes can be used consecutively or non-consecutively. Also available through November 30, guests can purchase a Dust Off The Rust Pass that allows for unlimited early season turns through December 20, 2018. The earlier you buy, the more you save with the pass costing between $89-$99. For complete details or to purchase online, visit boynehighlands.com/passes.
This season, a new Pistenbully ParkPro will be shaping Boyne Highlands Resort’s four terrain parks. The ParkPro is precisely tailored to the needs of park builders in allowing for exceptional park experiences for skiers and riders. The resort is also planning a major modification to its halfpipe, the only halfpipe in Michigan and one of just three in the Midwest, which will enable it to open earlier in the season. The MacGully Terrain Park will become the signature park this season, Challenger will offer medium park progression, and Funland will see more features and increased acreage as the smaller, progression park.
Expanded Dining Options
The Country Club of Boyne is offering an exclusive Chef’s Table Dinner Series limited to just 14 guests and feature a five-course dinner with rotating menus. Priced at $99, including tax/gratuity, the dinners are scheduled for January 6, February 3, and March 3. Guests may also book a private Chef’s Table Dinner Series on additional dates throughout the winter. For reservations, visit boynehighlands.com. The Country Club of Boyne is also offering Wine, Bourbon/Whiskey Pairing, and Snowshoe Dinners once per month, plus weekly Thursday Night Trivia and Sushi Nights, and Brunch each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the Food Court, a new beer cooler will offer a selection of craft and domestic grab-and-go brews. The popular Smoothie Station is adding three flavors of yogurts and an expanded ingredient bar, and the Ramen Bar will also offer pasta. Fresh baked goods will fuel guests up for a day on the slopes, and a new health conscious corner will cater to those seeking organic and healthy snacks.
New Ski and Boot Packages in Rental
Boyne Highlands’ Equipment Rental has added 45 sets of new ski and boot packages featuring HEAD’s V-Shape V6 men’s skis, Absolut Joy women’s skis, and Advant Edge 85 and 75 boots. The V6 skis are designed for experienced skiers and perfect for all terrain levels. The Absolut Joy is suited for the beginner and intermediate skier with its mix of lightweight materials and key qualities for balance and control. Rentals are available daily with four-hour flex, full day, and multi-day options.
Boyne Highlands Participates with the Ikon Pass
The new standard in season passes, the Ikon Pass connects the most iconic mountains across North America and Australia delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. Launched in January 2018, it is a collaboration of industry leaders – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and Thredbo. For the 2018/19 season, Boyne Highlands along with sister resort Boyne Mountain, will offer seven days each on the Ikon Pass and five days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates. For more information, visit ikonpass.com.
For lodging reservations or more information, visit boynehighlands.com or call 866.759.3530.
WHITE GOLD SKI CARD -- 33 RESORTS FOR $269
Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced the White Gold Card which allows the holder to ski at 33 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $269. The MSIA White Gold Card entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2018/2019 ski season. In addition to the 34 lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot wax sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers. Retail value is over $1,600! GoSkiMichigan.com has the details.
James (JB) Bartlett inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame
September 2018 - Harbor Springs, MI - Leadership skills and a true commitment to the sport of skiing in Michigan have earned Harbor Springs resident James “JB” Bartlett a place in the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame. He was inducted on August 20 during a special ski industry dinner at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.
The Michigan Ski Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of skiing and snowsports in the state of Michigan. Bartlett is the eleventh individual to join this elite group of ski industry professionals.
A graduate of Western Michigan University, Bartlett’s entire career has centered on skiing. He started as a professional ski patroller first at Boyne Highlands and then at Big Sky, Montana. Coming back to Michigan in 1977 he took the area manager position at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, where he helped develop and patent the Nub’s Nob fan gun, which has led to faster and more efficient snowmaking. Today many ski areas across the Midwest use some derivative of this technological advancement.
Ten years later, Bartlett took over as general manager of Nub’s Nob, a position he held for 30 years. During this time he not only saw the area through numerous expansions but he also made many contributions that have improved the ski experience for all Michigan skiers and snowboarders.
He installed hundreds of snow guns on towers and “stalks,” leading the charge on permanent snowmaking installations in the Midwest. This paradigm shift demonstrated how to make snow fast with varying weather. His foresight on snowmaking infrastructure is even more critical today as Michigan ski areas contend with large weather swings.
He was a founding member and first chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA). Bartlett helped form this association as he sought to create an avenue for the Michigan ski industry to speak with one voice.
Bartlett is also a Michigan gubernatorial appointee and Chairman of the Michigan Ski Area Safety Board, where he works with the state government, industry professionals and other interested parties to make recommendations for common-sense laws and best practices at ski areas. Michigan skiers can see the results of his work in things like chairlift safety, inspections, slope closures, snowmobile use at ski areas and general uniformity of operating rules for Michigan ski areas.
In addition, Bartlett gets involved in his community. He takes time to provide leadership for the Michigan High School Athletic Association as a Ski Committee member and has served on the board of the Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs Harbor Commission, West Traverse Township Planning Commission, Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, HARBOR Inc., Little Traverse Sailors, and Little Traverse Yacht Club in addition to being a West Traverse Township Trustee.
“He has a gift for communication and connection. He is the rare person that can relate to all his crew members and guests and at the same time is capable of doing every job at Nub’s Nob,” says Ben Doornbos, Nub’s Nob’s current general manager. “JB is the guy with dirt on his hands or snow on his boots who led from the ground up and at the end of the day always had enough energy to buy the ski patrollers a beer in the Nub’s Pub,” Doornbos adds.
IKON PASS EXPANDS REGIONAL ACCESS INTO NATIONAL ACCESS
The Ikon Pass Expands Regional Access Into the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast...Loon Mountain, Sugarloaf and Sunday River Increase Access...Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Cypress Mountain Join the Ikon Pass Community
DENVER, CO, August 29, 2018 - The Ikon Pass community has expanded to all corners of the country with the addition of The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington, Cypress Mountain in British Columbia and Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan. Plus, access to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire and Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine just tripled.
The Summit at Snoqualmie, Cypress Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain will offer 7 days each on the Ikon Pass, and 5 days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates, (Dec. 26 - 31, 2018; Jan. 19 - 20, 2019; Feb. 16 - 17, 2019).
Loon Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River originally offered 7 days combined between the three destinations on the Ikon Pass, (5 days combined between the three destinations on the Ikon Base Pass) and will now offer 7 days at each destination (5 days at each destination on the Ikon Base Pass), bringing access to 21 days total on the Ikon Pass (15 days total on the Ikon Base Pass).
“For 70 years Boyne Resorts has been guided by a focus to create memorable experiences for our guests and we are deeply committed to maintaining the individual character of each of our destinations. This is what the Ikon Pass is about, so we are thrilled to add our Pacific Northwest and Midwest destinations to the Ikon Pass community,” said Stephen Kircher, President and CEO, Boyne Resorts. “And by increasing access to our destinations in the East, we are excited to offer a variety of winter experiences throughout North America.”
“With new destinations in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, plus expanded access in the Northeast, the Ikon Pass now offers access throughout key ski markets in North America, opening up even more opportunities for Ikon Pass holders to explore all of our iconic destinations,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company.
The Summit at Snoqualmie includes Alpental Ski Area and is nestled in the heart of the Washington Cascades, less than an hour from Seattle. The destination has four base areas with two terrain parks, night skiing, winter-tubing, Nordic skiing, and terrain for all abilities.
Cypress Mountain is located 30 minutes from Vancouver and offers skiers and riders the most terrain, vertical drop, lifts and best snow conditions on the highest peak of Vancouver's legendary North Shore Mountains. It is also the proud home of Canada's first Olympic gold medal on home snow.
Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are Northern Michigan’s premier mountain destinations, located 250-280 miles north of Detroit, offering more skiable acres than anywhere else in Lower Michigan, including the state's longest ski run.
From a week-long vacation to unlimited days, the Ikon Pass was built with the guest in mind, to provide the best experience possible. With 34 destinations, in 12 states, four Canadian provinces, on two continents, the Ikon Pass is the gateway to a like-minded community, enduring memories, and the most iconic destinations on the planet.
The Ikon Pass launched in January 2018 and is a collaboration of industry leaders – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and Thredbo. Each demonstrates integrity, character and independence that is reflected in their mountains and guests.
About Ikon Pass
The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting the most iconic mountains across North America and Australia delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. Brought to you by Alterra Mountain Company, the Ikon Pass unlocks access to a community of diverse destinations you want to ski and ride, including Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain and Eldora in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming; Big Sky in Montana; Stratton, Killington and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan; The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; SkiBig3 in Alberta, Canada; Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Canada; Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico; Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta, and Snowbird in Utah; and Thredbo in Australia. Special offers are available at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest heli-skiing operation. For more information on the Ikon Pass, visit www.ikonpass.com.
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