Boyne Highlands & Boyne Mountain
Boyne Falls, Mich. (September 9, 2010) - With the first chill in the air, it can mean only one thing - the winter season is fast approaching. At Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, home to the biggest skiing in Michigan with a combined 850 skiable acres and 114 trails, the 2010-11 season brings additional snowmaking investment, new park features, the high flying fun of Twin Zip rides, resort cafeterias go green and increased glade skiing.
BOYNE delivers the Midwest's best snow, guaranteed, and with that commitment, this winter brings continued investment in snowmaking. An additional 90 Boyne Low-E snow guns are set to line the slopes of Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain adding to the resorts' massive fleet and snowmaking firepower. The proprietary Boyne Low-E fan gun provides exclusive technology that maximizes snow output, particularly at marginal temperatures, with less compressed air. With its unique design, the snow guns are about 40% more efficient than earlier models and create a lighter, fluffier and more natural snow that is superior quality to that of any other resort in Michigan. The additional Boyne Low-E guns will help to open more terrain earlier in the season and maintain the best possible skiing and snowboarding conditions all season long.
New Terrain Park Features
New features are being constructed in the terrain parks with at least six planned at Boyne Highlands and six more at Boyne Mountain, a 30% increase. The hand-built features include inventive beginner to intermediate jibs and rails, as well as expert designs. Boyne Highlands boasts four terrain parks with a skier/boarder cross course, an eight-foot wall feature and halfpipe. Boyne Mountain also offers four terrain parks including a skier/boarder cross course, mega Superpipe with 18-foot walls and a mini pipe. Park updates, conditions, photos and information on PEEPs, the resorts' own Park Etiquette and Education Program, can be found online at www.RideBOYNE.com.
Twin Zip Rides
With BOYNE's ever expanding list of family fun comes Twin Zip rides. Guests were introduced to the high flying action of Zipline Adventures last winter and this season brings more lines and the new Twin Zip, a single-line thrill ride that pits racers side by side. Boyne Highlands recently completed construction on the Twin Zip, now the longest single zipline in the entire region measuring in at 1,350 feet. The ride begins on the Olympic slope and lands in the base area near Heather Highlands Inn. Boyne Mountain's Twin Zip is 780 feet long and travels over a pond with fountains, landing on the mountainside lawn of the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa. The Twin Zip experience is $15 per person and includes two rides.
Those up for even more fun can opt for the Zipline Adventure, a two and a half hour guided tour of up to nine ziplines priced from $59, also available at both Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain. For all zipline attractions, riders must weigh a minimum of 60 pounds and be at least three feet tall. During winter months, hiking shoes or ski/snowboard boots are required and equipment is provided. Hours of operation vary; visit www.BOYNE.com for updated schedules. For reservations, call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).
Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain have now completed the transformation to green resort cafeterias. Both facilities have swapped out throw-away products for dishwasher safe flatware and metal silverware, dramatically reducing the amount of garbage waste by up to 70%. Recycling bins are available to guests and the kitchens also recycle cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastic. Post consumer napkins and to-go cups are used, and refillable cleaning bottles cut down on plastic waste. Continuing the commitment to reduce and offset the resorts' carbon footprint and in support of local businesses, a greater variety of Michigan products are available on cafeteria menus.
Boyne Highlands has cleared additional acreage on the northwest side of North Peak Pass and Tournament Pass making way for added glade skiing. Existing glade skiing is also offered near the top of Amy's Run.
The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls located 27 miles apart, and holds claim to Lower Michigan's highest vertical and longest runs. Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in the state. Early purchase discounts on season passes are available through October 11, 2010. Pre-season lift and lodging packages are available for a limited time from just $83 per person. For reservations, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).
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 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 and meeting facilities, eight championship golf courses, premiere snowsports terrain, two spas, distinctive dining, spectacular events and Michigan's largest indoor waterpark, and the question becomes......what are you up for? For more information on BOYNE, please visit www.BOYNE.com.