Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain
Boyne Falls, Mich., September 13, 2007 - As the colors of fall begin to flourish; it's time to dig out those comfy sweaters and beloved snow apparel as the season of winter fun is fast approaching! At BOYNE, this winter brings the opportunity to play in more snow earlier than ever before with HUGE investments in the resorts' snowmaking infrastructure; plus there's a new snowshoe track, expanded tubing, additional glade skiing, a cutting edge salon, hour-long dog sled excursions and private snowboarding lessons for children ages four to six.
The BOYNE winter experience offers guaranteed and interchangeable lift tickets providing access to two mountains with the greatest vertical, longest runs and most skiable acreage in Lower Michigan! Following is what's new for winter 2007/08 at Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain Resort.
What's NEW at Boyne Highlands Resort - Harbor Springs, Michigan?
Boyne Highlands has increased its snowmaking capability by 40% with the installation of over $400,000 worth of equipment adding to an already extensive infrastructure. This increased capability allows for better skiing and riding conditions earlier in the season while using less energy. With technology exclusive to BOYNE, the resort has added 22 of the latest hi-efficiency Boyne Fan snowguns, a new well for greater water pumping capability, a high capacity air compressor and over 12,000 feet of new air and water pipes for faster snowmaking. And to help convert all that snow to smooth corduroy is a new Prinoth groomer (formerly Bombardier) adding to one of the hardest working snowcat fleets around!
A new exclusive snowshoe loop measuring 3.2 kilometers is being track-set at Boyne Highlands this winter. This snowshoe-only trail departs from the Cross Country Center and heads towards open terrain before leading into a beautiful wonderland of mature spruce and pine hardwoods loaded with nature galore. Boyne Highlands also offers 45 kilometers of diverse skill-level terrain for snowshoeing, cross country and skate skiing enthusiasts. A variety of Tubbs Snowshoes are available for rent in children and adult sizes. Trail tickets are $15 for all day enjoyment.
With overwhelming popularity, Boyne Highlands is again teaming up with the Iditarod sled dogs of Nature's Kennel, but this year, there's a new option - 60-minte dog sled excursions! The hour-long excursion includes a midway stop for scenic photos and a cup of hot chocolate. All rides take place on resort property among scenic trails blanketed with white fluffy snow. The 20- and 60-minute rides cost $50 and $150, respectively. Each ride typically accommodates two adults or one adult and two children.
The Boyne Flyers Race Program is now offered at Boyne Highlands. Racers compete every Sunday in two-year age brackets with the youngest pairing being 3 and 4 and the eldest being the "Top Guns," ages 13 and up. Participants earn points by breaking their handicap from the week prior. Ribbons are awarded weekly for the top three finishers in each age group for boys and girls. End of season awards are also provided. Training sessions are offered every Saturday. The cost for Boyne Flyers is $13 per race or $75 for the season.
What's NEW at Boyne Mountain Resort - Boyne Falls, Michigan?
Boyne Mountain's crews have also been busy this summer installing over $350,000 worth of upgrades in snowmaking equipment including 17 of the latest hi-efficiency Boyne Fan snowguns, a new water well for greater pumping capability, 7,600 feet of pipes expediting water and air transfers for greater snowmaking production, plus one new Prinoth groomer (formerly Bombardier) adding to the other hardest working snowcat fleet around.
Guests to Boyne Mountain can experience an expanded tubing park with a new locale. The tubing park is being carved between FIS and Thunder trail allowing space to expand the park by two lanes and 375 feet for a total size of four lanes and 1,000 feet. The park is serviced by a rope-tow for convenient loading. And new this year, all BOYNE Season Pass holders get unlimited tubing at both resorts.
Glade skiing has been expanded north of Disciples and Superbowl trail. Precision select-cutting over the last two years has created over seven acres of additional tree skiing.
Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain is unveiling a new salon planned to open prior to the Christmas holiday. The salon's offerings include hair cutting, styling and coloring, make-up services, manicures and a semi-private pedicure suite - all perfect for glamorizing before an apres-ski party or romantic dinner for two. The salon is located in the Mountain Grand Lodge and reservations can be made by calling or visiting Solace Spa.
Led by the Austrian-American BOYNE SnowSports Academy and available at both resorts is the new Junior Rocks the Board lesson geared towards children ages 4 to 6 years but available for older kids too. This program gives youngsters the hands-on focused time they need with one-hour private lessons that develop boarding skills for a lifetime of fun on the slopes. Lessons are available from 9 AM to 10 AM and after 3:15 PM daily; two-hour lessons are available anytime.
Right now, guests can take advantage of a special pre-season BOYNE lift and lodging package starting at just $75! This pre-season deal is a 21% savings on regular season package rates and available for the first 20 reservations per arrival date throughout the 2007/08 season. Must be booked by October 31st!
For additional information, please visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE.
BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan. Each of the collection is a member of the Boyne USA Resorts family of resorts and attractions and includes Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls; Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor as well as Bay Harbor Golf Club, Crooked Tree Golf Club, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty. With countless lodging options, eight championship golf courses, premiere snowsports terrain and facilities, three spas, distinctive dining, spectacular events and Michigan's largest indoor waterpark, we ask......what are you up for? For more information on BOYNE, please visit www.BOYNE.com.