COLD IS COOL!
Clarkston, MI – Ski areas and resorts across Michigan have teamed up to provide skiing to 4th and 5th grade students with the “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport App. All fourth- and fifth-grade kids with a passport can ski for free, up to three times, at each of the 29 participating ski areas. The cost for access to the app is $25, which covers operational expenses. All lift tickets are donated by the ski areas.
MSIA has provided the Cold is Cool program for fourth and fifth graders for many years. It started as a coupon booklet but last winter the association decided to turn it into an app. The new app makes the whole transaction contactless.
Application instructions for the Passport are available on MSIA’s website, goskimichigan.com, and at coldiscool.org. Parents/guardians upload a photo of the child (to use as their identification at the lift ticket window) and proof of grade, such as a report card or progress report. MSIA then must make sure all documentation is correct before approving the application, which may take a few days. However, parents can get immediate access to the app by visiting one of the participating Michigan ski retailers and bringing along proof of grade.
For fourth and fifth graders to use the free lift or trail passes, a paying adult must accompany them. Up to two kids with Passport access can ski free with each paying adult. The Passport is valid through the end of the 2021/22 ski season.
In addition to the lift tickets donated by the participating ski areas, the Cold is Cool Passport App also includes coupons for 20% off a helmet purchase and $20 off the purchase of $100 at participating ski shops. Some ski areas have also included coupons for equipment rental and discounted lessons.
Participating ski areas: Upper Peninsula: Big Powderhorn, Bessemer; Big Snow Resort (Blackjack and Indianhead), Bessemer/Wakefield; Marquette Mountain, Marquette; Mont Ripley, Hancock; Pine Mountain, Iron Mountain; Porcupine Mountain, Ontonagon. Northwestern Lower Peninsula: Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs; Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls; Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac; Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon; Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville; Hickory Hills, Traverse City; Bay Mountain at The Homestead, Glen Arbor; Mt. Holiday, Traverse City; Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs; Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire. North Central Lower Peninsula: Hanson Hills, Grayling; Otsego Club & Resort, Gaylord; Snow Snake Ski & Golf, Harrison; Treetops Resort, Gaylord. West Central Lower Peninsula: Cannonsburg Ski Area, Belmont; Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, North Muskegon. Southwestern Lower Peninsula: Bittersweet Ski Area, Otsego; Swiss Valley Ski Area, Jones; Timber Ridge Ski Area, Gobles. Southeastern Lower Peninsula: Alpine Valley Ski Area, White Lake; Mt. Brighton, Brighton; Mt. Holly, Holly.
The “Cold is Cool” Fourth & Fifth Grade Ski & Ride Passport s App is one of the elements of MSIA’s “Cold is Cool” program, which is dedicated to improving the health of the children in Michigan by offering winter outdoor activities for all kids and their families.
LEARN TO SKI FOR $45
Want to learn to ski or snowboard? This January, join the fun on the slopes as you “Discover Michigan Skiing!” Called “Discover Michigan Skiing,” the program includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-one ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2022. More information...
WHITE PINE STAMPEDE IS BACK!
The White Pine Stampede Board has announced that the annual cross-country ski race will return to an in-person format in 2022. The event website already has a clock counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Feb. 5, 2022. The 46th Stampede will feature a full slate of races, including the 50K, 20K and 10K classic and freestyle Nordic races. Get all the details here...
BOYNE HIGHLANDS ANNOUNCES FUTURE PLANS
Boyne Highlands Resort Announces its 2030 Transformational Journey
Unveils Brand Refresh - The Highlands at Harbor Springs
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (December 13, 2021) – Back in the early 1960s, when founder Everett Kircher first set his eyes on the defunct Harbor Highlands ski area known today as Boyne Highlands, he knew it was a special place worthy of a grand vision. His dream was for a large year-round resort with all the accompaniments. Kircher got to work creating a place with attention to detail worthy of Walt Disney himself and an escape from the everyday with the charm of northern hospitality and the thrills of the Midwest’s best skiing, Lower Michigan’s highest vertical drop, and the world’s first triple chairlifts. In those early years, Kircher would settle for nothing less than the best skiing experience, golf course design, elevated dining, and accommodations.
Now the resort’s leadership team is reinvigorating this original vision of four-season grandeur with enrichments for the twenty-first century guest with an array of dramatic new enhancements to the resort’s amenities.
Resort President and General Manager, Mike Chumbler, announced the resort’s impassioned 2030 Transformational Journey at a recent unveiling event, and laid out a series of projects defined under first steps, and short-, mid-, and long-term plans.
Among the first steps is the momentous rollout of a brand refresh with new name and logo design for the state’s largest ski resort. The beloved and commonly used moniker, The Highlands, was chosen to strengthen the resort’s individualized identity and a modifier of ‘At Harbor Springs’ to fortify its community connection.
“This is a historic and monumental day in our resort’s history as Boyne Highlands becomes The Highlands and builds on our amazing foundation and embarks on this next chapter,” said Chumbler.
“We’re are also part of an extraordinary community, and we’re proud to showcase that in our new brand,” he added.
“The investments in the coming decade will assuredly set The Highlands apart in the Midwest and lure more widespread visitation to the resort and region throughout the year.”
In mapping for the resort’s future, five pillars were identified to guide the Journey - distinction in hospitality, an environment of wellbeing, four-season innovation, community partnership, and a sustainable focus.
The resort has already completed a number of additional first steps throughout 2021, including opening northern Michigan’s only Trackman Range, a 30-bay set-up that enables golfers to practice distance control, shot-shaping and more using tour-proven swing and ball-flight tracking, analysis, and entertainment technology; as well as 87 new refined and elegant Main Lodge accommodations; RFID technology; continued snowmaking investments and advancements; and the makeover of Donald Ross Memorial’s Hole No. 1 to a very accurate facsimile of the famed No. 6 hole at Seminole Golf Club in Florida.
Future Project Highlights Include:
The Main Lodge Elevation Continues -- Future phases of the hotel currently known as the Main Lodge will continue making over every aspect of the iconic slopeside hotel, including the modernization of additional guest rooms and the hotel’s Tower lobbies. Plans also call for the addition of a uniquely European-inspired multi-level experiential spa and pool complex with indoor and outdoor elements connecting to the natural landscape; a refashioning of the lobby with expanded reception area and bar; expanded Café providing curated on-the-go food and drink refreshments, plus retail; gaming room featuring golf simulator, bowling alley, and arcade games; and a farm-to-table signature restaurant.
Enriched Culinary Experiences -- Several new culinary destinations are outlined in the Journey including a new restaurant situated idyllically between The Heather golf course and the Main Lodge. The yet to be named restaurant features traditional English countryside architecture melded with modern style, and will serve a fusion of steakhouse and Asian in an environment designed to bring people together. Also included is Slope 63, an après venue reimaged in the Day Lodge, and a Speakeasy, harkening to the bygone era of northern Michigan’s infamous clubs.
Latest in Lift and Snowmaking Technology -- Building on the legacy of innovations at The Highlands, major lift upgrades and continued snowmaking enhancements will be pivotal throughout the 2030 Journey. The first lift priority will be a substantial upgrade to the southern end of the slopes and upgrading the day skier portal experience.
Additional projects included in the full plan include a new Discovery Center arrival experience, the continued reinvention of the Donald Ross Memorial, a new short course located behind the Main Lodge, expanded hiking and biking trail systems, state-of-the-art conference center, and an equestrian facility.
“As we carry out our Transformational Journey, The Highlands will rise once again to become the Grande Dame of Midwest resorts with a nurtured sense of charm and place, elevated guest services, and four-seasons of curated experiences, all with an enduring commitment to protecting our environment,” said Stephen Kircher, president and CEO of Boyne Resorts.
For more details on the 2030 Transformational Journey, visit highlandsfuture.com. For additional resort information, visit highlandsharborsprings.com.
BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT ANNOUNCES RENAISSANCE 2.0
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.
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.
BOYNE HIGHLANDS DEBUTS NEW MAIN LODGE GUEST ROOMS
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.
BOYNE HIGHLANDS APPOINTS JULIE ROGERS AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.526.3044
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