Home to the biggest skiing in Michigan with a combined 850 skiable acres and 114 trails, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are prepped and ready to again fire up the snow guns and get the new season underway. An additional 90 Boyne Low E Fan Guns are lining the slopes at both resorts, helping to open the resorts even sooner and with more terrain. The new features designed for the terrain parks at both resorts boost the total number by 30% and are sure to boost the fun by at least that much. The zipline thrill of last season doubles this year with Twin Zips for duo racing and just plain fun Boyne has also cleared additional acreage for glade skiing.
Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa is offering a Ski Fitness Boot Camp that will take your skiing performance to the next level – ski faster, better, stronger. Each session begins with a dynamic warm-up, followed by a ski-specific dry land training regime.
At Nub’s Nob Ski Area of Harbor Springs, a new Race Arena ski slope has replaced the Superpipe. The new slope will provide a home for aspiring racers based on a model that has produced Olympic champions including Lindsay Vonn and Sarah Schepler. Nubs also replaced their handle tow with a fast rope tow, which means racers build strength on their way up the hill while increasing the number of runs in the gates in a given training session. Other improvements include more snowmaking power with the addition of eight new Nub’s Nob snow guns and a new Pisten Bully snow grooming machine to make sure all that snow is well groomed for skiers and riders. Nubs also expanded and lengthened the terrain park, adding several new and unique jibs and boxes in the Rail Yard and a new jump area.
Treetops Resort in Gaylord is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and will offer a special to guests who book by December 25, 2010: Receive 25% off of Treetops’ Basic Ski Package, which includes one nights’ lodging (midweek or weekend), night-of-arrival skiing as well as one full-day lift ticket, one breakfast and one dinner per night. Otsego Club & Resort, also in Gaylord, will once again host World Cup snowboard teams from around the world. Last year Otsego built a half-pipe training area and invited teams to train for the Olympics. The teams return this year for more training.
Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire has two new runs on the north face of Schuss Mountain, winding skiers and boarders through the woods down to their red lift. Park enthusiasts will be grinding their way down an additional park this winter, with a new natural terrain park located between Purple Daze and Village Way, also on the north face of Schuss Mountain. The Schuss Mountain slopes at Shanty Creek will turn on the lights for night skiing on Fridays this season.
One Dollar Fridays begin January 7, 2011, at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling. Each Friday night, a lift ticket is just $1 and rental equipment is $1 as well.
Cadillac’s Caberfae Peaks Ski and Golf Resort has 15 new fan gun snowmaking towers, two new portable snowmaking fan guns and five new air/water snowmaking guns. They also installed over 1000 feet of snowmaking pipe. Terrain improvements include the widening of the upper half of the Smiling Irishmen ski trail and its bottom corner, which is a novice ski area. Caberfae also added two more boxes to its terrain park. There is a reciprocal season pass deal with Shanty Creek Resorts. Caberfae Peaks season pass holders can ski at Shanty Creek for $10 Sunday through Thursday and $25 Friday and Saturday.
Cannonsburg Ski Area is under new management and has something interesting in store for skiers who want to get married. Couples who book their reception for 125 guests or more will receive complimentary season passes. Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in Jones is also among the group of ski areas that have added more snowmaking equipment.