BOYNE's last two seasons have offered enthusiasts over five months of skiing and snowboarding, and hopes are high for the 2014/15 season to be a threepeat. Never leaving winter to chance, BOYNE consistently invests to ensure maximum efficiency in snowmaking and also delivers a slew of new offerings.
This winter, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain have installed state-of-the-art snowmaking control systems that streamline management of each resort's colossal snowmaking fleet. And that's just the start of what's new.
For the 2014/15 season, Boyne Highlands has also undergone facility renovations and is expanding lift hours on the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts, adding lanes to the Tubing Park and features to the Burton Riglet Park, adding lighting on the NASTAR course, offering improved Nordic grooming, introducing showshoeing expeditions, adding rental equipment, and boasting a new menu of culinary delights and beer and wine events.
At Boyne Mountain, the 2014/15 season also brings two new ziplines, concessions at the Tubing Park, lively après ski parties, new Junior pricing and online ticket sales at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, expanded lift hours on Disciples II, improved lighting on McLouth, new features in the Burton Riglet Park and new Nordic signage, plus more rental equipment.
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Boyne Highlands Resort has undergone numerous renovations including two newly remodeled pools for resort lodging guests at The Bartley House hotel and Heather Highlands Inn condo-hotel. The resort has also renovated meeting space for group functions in the Main Lodge with updated lighting, new carpet, and fresh paint, and has a refreshed hotel lobby.
On The Slopes
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can get even more time in on some favorite terrain as the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts are expanding to daily operations. The Tubing Park will offer more excitement with an expansion from two side-by-side lanes to six individual lanes thanks to the purchase of a new tube lane cutter. The resort's Burton Riglet Park, specially designed for 3-6 year olds, is being enhanced with new features and moving to the Camelot beginner slope. Additional lighting on the NASTAR course will make maneuvering turns even easier, and for park enthusiasts, Boyne Highlands continues to offer the only 13-foot Halfpipe in Michigan.
On The Trails
Boyne Highlands has purchased a new cross country tracker for more efficient grooming and tracking of the resort's 35 km of trails. For a twist on the trails, snow bikes were introduced last season, and will continue to be available this winter on exclusively tracked trails. New this winter, six enchanted snowshoe expeditions are planned, each followed by a gourmet dinner. Snowshoe event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com.
New Rental Equipment
Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 200 sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.
Fueling up is part of the joy of a day on the slopes. New, and not just for kids, is a Macaroni and Cheese Bar with all the fixings. Let your mind run wild creating your own bowl of deliciousness with more than 20 topping options. Cap off your meal with a visit to the sweet and savory Crepe Station. Both new offerings are available in the resort's cafeteria. To quench your thirst, Boyne Highlands is hosting tap takeovers with Michigan breweries every other Friday in the Slopeside Lounge beginning on Jan. 2, 2015. On Saturdays, winery representatives talk wines from around the world during Vintner Nights held in the Main Dining Room. On Tuesdays, the Slopeside Lounge is offering hand-rolled sushi.
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The Fun Never Ends
Boyne Mountain is raising the fun barometer even higher this season. The resort's Zipline Adventure Tour is being expanded to include two new ziplines that will bridge the gap between current lines 8 and 10 with a tree canopy feature in the middle. Zipliners will also see new and exciting winter attractions along the walking trail between lines.
Boyne Mountain's popular Tubing Park is offering food and beverage concessions this winter. The Tubing Park offers six downhill lanes and has a rope tow for convenient up-hill access. One- and two-hour, and full day passes are available and tubing is open to adults and children ages 5 and up.
Lively après ski parties in the Snowflake Lounge are scheduled each Saturday, 4-7 p.m., beginning Dec. 27, 2014. Parties feature the always-entertaining David Cisco, as well as drink specials and the resort's exclusive Everett's IPA on draft, brewed solely for Boyne Mountain Resort by Petoskey Brewing Co. Continuing this winter, kids can also get in on the après ski action with their own parties in Stein Eriksen's with music, dancing, kiddie cocktails, and more.
Avalanche Bay Makes Big Splash Online and with Juniors
Boyne Mountain's Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark has introduced new Junior pricing for ages 3 to 10. Children ages two and under still receive free access with a ticketed adult. Michigan's largest indoor waterpark is also launching a new website this fall that will feature the option to purchase admission passes online. Guests procuring online passes will expedite their purchasing process with an easy email confirmation guaranteeing access on peak dates and providing maximum family fun.
Lifts, Slopes, and Trails
Those who love the Disciples area's green and blue rollers, snow-covered trees, and sneaky stashes, will have even more access with expanded lift hours on the Disciples II chairlift set to run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glade clearing has continued in this region of the slopes, which accounts for approximately 30% of Boyne Mountain's total 415 skiable acres.
Night skiers and riders will notice improved lighting on McLouth, and the youngest boarders will find new feature enhancements to the resort's Burton Riglet Park designed for youngsters ages 3 to 6.
This winter also brings improved Nordic trail signage throughout the trail network as well as widened trails maintained by full size groomers for better consistency and quality of Boyne Mountain's 35 km of cross country trails.
New Rental Equipment
Providing the latest in rental equipment, Boyne Mountain has also added 200 new sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.
The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, located 27 miles apart, offering Lower Michigan's highest vertical and longest runs. Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in Michigan. Early purchase discounts on season passes are available through October 13, 2014. Valuable preseason rates for Ski & Stay packages with breakfast are available now and for a limited time at Boyne Highlands and at Boyne Mountain. When staying on a package, Juniors ages 9-15, receive reduced rates and kids ages 8 and under sleep, ski/ride, and eat breakfast for free!
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