10 Reasons to Celebrate 50 Years of Winter Fun at Boyne Highlands

Boyne Highlands will celebrate their 50th Anniversary January 31st – February 2nd with food, fresh powder and special events for the whole family. Today, guest blogger Erin Ernst from BOYNE gives us 10 reasons to celebrate 50 years of winter fun at Boyne Highlands! 

1.   Join Boyne Highlands Resort’s Anniversary Celebration Weekend, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, for tons of live entertainment, dinner and dancing with the Up North Big Band, fireworks over the slopes and sky lantern release, and 50th Anniversary Party featuring The Sun Messengers, Detroit’s best dance band, in the Zoo Bar.

2.   Ski the highest vertical terrain and most skiable acreage in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Boyne Highlands offers 552’ vertical feet and 435 skiable acres with trails that are over a mile long.  From the top of the slopes, there are many spectacular views, two in particular are must-sees.  From the south-west side, take in the panoramic scene of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay and on the north side, the sight of the Mackinac Bridge.

3.   Unique family adventures are abundant.  Fly high on a Zipline Adventure, enjoy the rush of a dog sled ride, slide on a tube, saunter by horseback through a winter wonderland, climb the slopes in a groomer ride, cruise along groomed trails with fat tire bikes, traverse with snowshoes, or glide over 35 km of cross country trails.

4.   Explore a part of history.  On December 26, 1963 when Boyne Highlands Resort opened, guests were greeted by not one, but two of the first triple chairlifts ever built.  In 1990, one of the triples was replaced and in its place now stands another first – Michigan’s first high-speed quad chairlift, the Heather Express.

5.   Learning a new winter sport has never been easier. Boyne Highlands SnowSports Academy has ski, snowboard, and cross country lessons for all levels and even guarantees beginner lessons or the next one is free.  Even the youngest of riders can get a jump on snowboarding with the resort’s Burton Riglet Park designed for ages 3-6.

6.   After a day on the slopes, cozy up indoors with a treatment at The Spa at Boyne Highlands, kick back by the toasty fireplace in the Slopeside Lounge, or experience the infamous après ski scene in the Zoo Bar.

7.   Sip on Boyne Highlands’ 50th Anniversary cocktail featuring Courvoisier Cognac, Cointreau, sour mix, and New Holland Freshwater Huron Rum, shaken over ice and served in a martini glass with sugar coated rim.

8.   Dine on top of a mountain with the Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner.  The enchanting evening begins with a groomer cat sleigh ride up the slopes to the top of Boyne Highlands’ North Peak for a delicious dinner served family-style. Bubbling kettles of French onion soup, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, roast beef tenderloin au poivre, and chocolate fondue, all are enjoyed while a live acoustic guitarist strums and sings favorite tunes.

9.   Loads of special events pack the calendar including the annual Brew-Ski Festival, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Krazy Daze, Chocolate Cake Downhill, and Ski League Championships, all happening in March.

10.  The home away from home experience. Boyne Highlands is well-known for offering a warm welcome and exceptional customer service.  Generations of families have made Boyne Highlands their choice for creating memories, spending time with loved ones, and returning season after season.

Erin Ernst is the Director of Communications for BOYNE, which owns and operates Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort, Boyne Country Sports, and Boyne Realty.  She is a Michigan native who has worked in the resort and tourism industry for over ten years.  She is also a board member with the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau and West Michigan Tourist Association. 

Family Fun at Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands

Looking for something fun to do with family and friends this month? Consider heading to Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands on March 16th! From live bands and wild costumes to ski races and events geared just for kids, Krazy Daze offers something for everyone. To learn more, we spoke with Erin Ernst, Director of Communications for BOYNE.

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself and Boyne Resorts? 

A: I am the Director of Communications for BOYNE, which is comprised of Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort, Bay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty.  Each is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

Q: For those who aren’t familiar, what is Krazy Daze?

A: Krazy Daze takes place Saturday, March 16 and is a full day celebration of spring skiing, kids fun, and a variety of on-hill races for all ages.

Q: What types of family activities will be going on at Krazy Daze?

A: Family activities include on-hill race events like a Jump Competition, The Krazy Cup and Silly Slalom, plus the always popular, Ski Over the Pond, and face painting and inflatables set-up at the base of the slopes for kids to enjoy.

Q: Are there any other events going on this month at the Mountain or Highlands?

A: March is packed full of fun!  The springtime offers bluebird days, sunshine, warmer temperatures, softer snow and loads of fun events.  Our March line-up includes a new Kids’ Festival Weekend at Boyne Mountain on March 8-10; the 4th Annual Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands on March 9; Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands on March 16 and Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain, March 15-17; followed by Easter Weekend and a whole line-up of fun for Spring Break at Boyne Mountain.  Spring Breakers will be able to enjoy great skiing, plus all the adventures of Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark and family entertainment like Zipline Adventure Tours, wagon rides, story time, family movies, bonfires and s’mores, and more.

Q: There is much more to do than just ski and snowboard for visitors to Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. What other activities at the resorts or in the area do you recommend?

A: Yes, there sure is!  Zipline Adventures are great fun.  We offer two options at the resorts – the Zipline Adventure Tour is a two-and-a-half hour guided tour of multiple lines (8 lines at Boyne Highlands and 9 lines at Boyne Mountain) that start at the top of the slopes and zipline back to the base area, and Twin Zip Rides, which are a double zipline that you can ride and race against friends and family.  Boyne Highlands has the longest single zipline in Michigan at 1,350 feet long.  Both Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain offer spa experiences, and as well as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Boyne Mountain Resort is also home to Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay.  At 88,000 square feet, the park features water fun for all ages including five waterslides, a shallow children’s pool, a wet climbing wall, an activity pool to shoot hoops, a lazy river for floating, two hot tubs, the interactive Splasherhorn Mountain, a surf simulator, mega arcade, eateries and more.  Also, with Boyne Highlands located in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain nearby Boyne City, both resorts are also situated near distinctive towns that offer great shopping, eateries and that also host a number of special events. 

Q: When is the last day to hit the slopes this year?

A: Skiing conditions have been fantastic and with the quantity of snow we have and the long-range weather forecast, we expect our ski season at Boyne Mountain to run into mid-April.  The final day of skiing and snowboarding at Boyne Highlands is Sunday, March 24. 

Q: Where can people go to learn more about Krazy Daze?

A: To learn more about Krazy Daze or any of the other events and activities at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462.6963).

Erin Ernst is the Director of Communications for BOYNE and has worked in the resort industry for over ten years specializing in public relations, communications and marketing.  Ernst serves as a board member of several travel and tourism organizations including the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, West Michigan Tourist Association, Great Lakes Winter Trails Council and North American Snowsports Journalist Association.

Hit the Slopes for Downhill Skiing in Pure Michigan

With winter just beginning it’s time to think about tackling the winter wonderland. Since Michigan has more ski areas than any other state, what better way to enjoy this winter than by gliding down one of Michigan’s 40+ downhill skiing resorts? Here are just some of the resorts that you will find as you explore the Pure Michigan snowscape.

Shanty Creek has earned the respect of downhill skiers, snowboarders and a “Best Downhill Terrain In The Midwest” award. Don’t miss your chance for Michigan skiing with Shanty Creek!

Located in the Upper Peninsula, Mount Bohemia has the longest runs with the highest vertical and deepest powder in the Midwest. This hidden secret is a true treasure for skiers.

Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac boasts Michigan’s highest lift-served peaks and some of the state’s biggest downhill skiing slopes.  Skiers and will enjoy the best advanced, intermediate and novice skiing in Michigan.

Crystal Mountain in the city of Thompsonville provides the best in northern Michigan skiing and snowboarding. Crystal Mountain is known for offering some of the best excitement a northern Michigan skiing resort can provide.

Swiss Valley entices folks with 11 downhill skiing runs, a 225 vertical foot peak (highest in Southwest Michigan) and seven lifts, including two quads and one triple.

Discover a place that’s luxurious yet relaxed, nearby yet far away at the Homestead Resort .  Homestead features snowsports without crowds and magical moments for families, sparkling fires, candlelit dinners as well as romantic interludes for couples.

Boasting more than two dozen runs, Mt.Brighton is the largest ski resort in Southeastern Michigan. After hitting the slopes warm up at the Hot Wax Café or grab a bite at Bauery Bar and Grill.

If you’re just starting out or have been anxious to learn how to ski or snowboard there’s a great program being offered by more than 20 resorts across the state throughout January designed to help beginners. Check out the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association site to learn more. We should also mention that 4th graders ski for free! Fourth graders can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 20 participating ski areas. Click here for details.

For your reference, here is a list of the northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula slopes that are open now for skiing:

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Upper Peninsula: