Michigan Skier News

HEADLINES

  • WHAT'S NEW AT BOYNE MOUNTAIN FOR 2018-2019
  • WHAT'S NEW AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS FOR 2018-2019
  • JAMES BARTLETT INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN SKI HALL OF FAME
  • IKON PASS EXPANDS REGIONAL ACCESS INTO NATIONAL ACCESS
  • KEEP YOUR SKI PANTS ON
  • FROM WOOD TO METAL TO FOAM. EVA SNOWSHOES. 

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

 

Park Enhancements

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.


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.  

 

Access 

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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