Good morning from Boyne Highlands Resort, where Mother Nature FINALLY paid us the visit we've all been waiting for! We received over 8" of new snow overnight, which means we're able to offer up the best skiing and riding conditions of the season so far!
The additional snow and sustained snowmaking run has also allowed us to add five additional trails - Kath Run, Little John, South Challenger, Boardwalk, and the Magic Carpet Area! This bumps our open trail count to twelve trails and open terrain to 70 skiable acres! The MacGully chair also opened up this afternoon.
Our snowmaking crew also logged another great night of snowmaking as we continue to operate the Boyne Low-E fan guns at every opportunity we get!
UPDATE: Monday, December 28
Sarah checks in with the latest Boyne Highlands Buzz and an update on snowmaking, and a major snowfall event that keeps getting better, with the latest forecast calling for 11-13" beginning tonight into tomorrow! Ring in the New Year with a celebration for all ages, including the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Polar Cubs and Teen parties and Born Suspect in the Zoo Bar!
UPDATE: Monday, December 28 at 1:15pm
There is a buzz around the resort as we await our first major snowfall of the season, which is forecast to deliver at least 6-8" and possibly more! It looks like our patience is about to be rewarded. In the meantime, our snowmakers continue to blanket the slopes in white and we'll stay at it every chance we get.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 27 at 5:30 pm
We have entered what looks to be an extended period of snowmaking, with snowmaking conditions forecast for the entire week! The Boyne Low-E fan guns fired up this afternoon, and we'll be taking advantage of every opportunity to make snow. We also have our eye on a winter storm that's forecast to move into the area Monday night with the potential to deliver several inches of snow. Keep your fingers crossed! Night skiing has also returned with skiing and riding nightly through January 2.
Be sure to check out the base area near the Heather Express chairlift where we have a heated tent daily from 1-5pm through December 30 with a cash bar serving hot toddies, beer and wine, and live music by The Drift. We also have food trucks by Wood Fired Up Pizza and Etta's serving up delicious eats!
UPDATE: Saturday, December 26
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, with plenty of time with loved ones. Our crews were able to turn on the Boyne Low-E fan guns from about 2-8am overnight, and after a short break from snowmaking tonight, we're looking forward to an extended snowmaking period beginning Sunday night. Currently, the forecast looks like we'll get several nights of snowmaking next week.
Night skiing begins tonight from 4-9pm and tickets are $39, discounted from previously announced holiday rates.
Be sure to stop by on Sunday between 9am-3pm for the Boyne Country Sports Manufacturer Demo Day. The demo area will be set up near the base of the Heather Express chairlift, and all the major ski and snowboard manufacturers will be on hand to share their knowlege about the latest gear. We'll also have our Holiday Festival going on from 1-5pm with live music by The Drift, hot toddies, hot cocoa, bonfires and face painting for the kids. So, if you've been looking to replace those tired skis or that trashed snowboard, or are just looking for a festive atmosphere to keep your holiday celebration going, Boyne Highlands is where you want to be tomorrow.
UPDATE: Thursday, December 24 at 12:25pm
The slopes are now open! Thank you for your patience as we managed yet another curveball from Mother Nature. We look forward to skiing and riding with you through the holidays. From our family to yours, have a wonderful holiday!
UPDATE: Thursday, December 24 at 8:30am
Merry Christmas Eve. Due to extremely high winds and fallen trees, the slopes will be delayed in opening today. Once the winds die down, our crews will assess the slopes and we'll be able to provide more detailed information on timing. Thank you for understanding. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority.
UPDATE: Wednesday, December 23 at 8pm
The calendar has officially turned to winter, but Mother Nature is still having a hard time making up her mind. Thanks to our incredible snowmaking and grooming teams, we have been able to keep our slopes open this week, with two lifts and the Wonder Carpet servicing 7 runs. Beginning Saturday, December 26, we plan to add night skiing to the mix. After an unseasonably warm day today, colder temperatures are forecast to make a return with overnight lows potentially bringing snowmaking conditions. Rest assured, we will fire will our Boyne Low-E fan guns as soon as possible! And while our terrain may be limited, the number of activities around the resort certainly are not. You'll find something for the whole family!
- Stop into our Adventure Center for a Zipline Adventure Tour, or race your friends on the longest zipline experience in Michigan with our Twin Zip Ride; check out the latest craze in cycling and take a Fat Tire Bike for a cruise around the trails; or saddle up for a Horseback Trail Ride around our expansive trail network.
- If you're looking for something a little slower pace, we have holiday themed arts and crafts daily in the Arcade, or get in the holiday spirit with a family movie and popcorn. Didn't get around to the holiday baking? No problem, stop by our holiday cookie decorating! Wrap up your evening with horse-drawn wagon ride followed by s'mores slopeside around the bonfire. And Santa's elf will read your child a bedtime story in the Main Lodge lobby before sending him or her off to dreamland.
We know you are dreaming of a white Christmas, and believe us, we are too! We are so grateful you've chosen to spend the holidays with us, and we promise to make it a memorable experience!
Happy Winter Solstice! We can't think of a better way to celebrate the official arrival of winter than making some turns out on the hill. We have added some temporary terrain park features at the top of Heather, including four jibs, a box and a jump. We have seven runs open, including Heather, Upper MacGully, Olympic, K2, The Dark Side, North Challenger and the North Camelot beginner area. We have our eye on the weather and will seize any opportunity to make snow in the week ahead. Ticket prices are available here.
With the holidays nearly upon us, we have a number of family-friendly activities going on around the resort. Visit the Adventure Center for a list of items, then adventure around the resort for our photo scavenger hunt - take a photo of the items on the list and return to the Adventure Center for a prize. We also have family movies and popcorn throughout the week. This evening you can take part in cookie decorating or make a candy cane reindeer. And of course, there is a bonfire and s'mores on the back lawn or horse drawn carriage rides. Don't put the kids to bed without listening to storytime at 7:30pm in the Main Lodge lobby.
We are open for the season! Thanks to an incredible effort by our snowmaking and grooming teams, the slopes opened at noon today with Heather Express servicing Heather, Olympic, K2 and Upper MacGully. We also have both Wonder Carpets open in our Camelot free beginner area.
Tomorrow we will be open daily from 9am-4:30pm and will add North Challenger to the above terrain. Lift ticket rates through December 25 are available here.
We plan to offer night skiing beginning December 26.
Continue to check back for additional updates on terrain, or check our conditions page.
UPDATE: December 19, 2015 at 12:15pm
Tomorrow is the day! We will reopen for the season with skiing and riding from noon-4:30pm, with the Heather Express high speed chairlift servicing Heather and Olympic and the Wonder Carpet providing access to the North Camelot beginner area. Tickets are $25 for most ages. Our crews will continue to make snow through tonight and we'll provide an update tomorrow on what terrain will be available Monday. We're excited to welcome you all back to the slopes, and when you're out there, be sure to thank a snowmaker!
Good morning! Our dedicated snowmaking team has been hard at work since Thursday evening, running more than 200 Boyne Low-E fan guns for 40 hours. We've also received approximately 5 inches in natural snowfall. Snowmaking conditions are expected to continue through tonight before temperatures moderate tomorrow. Our crew will be out assessing the slopes today and we'll have an announcement later this afternoon on tomorrow's available terrain. We appreciate your patience as we work to get the slopes into condition for safe, fun skiing and riding!
While we wait for that moment, we have a variety of activities for your enjoyment, from cookie making to Twin Zip Rides. Be sure to check out our complete schedule of events for the holidays.
UPDATE: December 18, 2015 at 4:30pm
The snow has continued to fall throughout the day! So far we've received approximately 4.5 inches of accumulation, and the forecast looks like it should continue through tonight. That's the good news, but it's important to keep in mind that for every 8-10" of natural snowfall, it equates to 1" of packed powder. That's why our Boyne Low-E fan guns are so important because they can add to what Mother Nature give us. We continue to rebuild our base and we plan to keep the snowguns on as long as we possibly can!
UPDATE: December 18, 2015 at 9:30am
After firing up the Boyne Low-E fan guns last night, we've been able to log 15 additional hours of snowmaking to this point. The guns are still on, snow is falling and the current forecast looks favorable for continued snowmaking through at least Sunday morning.
Our plan is to reopen for the season on Sunday, December 20 from noon-4:30pm. Lift tickets for Sunday are $25 for most ages, and we'll announce exactly what terrain we'll have open Saturday afternoon...check back here or on our conditions page for all the latest information. Lift ticket pricing for Monday and beyond is to be determined.
6-for-1 Day UPDATE: Despite our best efforts to make our annual 6-for-1 Day happen, Mother Nature simply hasn't cooperated in allowing us to open enough terrain and we've made the difficult decision to forego the event this season.
UPDATE: December 17, 2015 at 6:30pm
Our snowmaking team has been able to flip the switch and the Boyne Low-E fan guns are on! We'll keep you updated right here with an expected reopening date.
December 16, 2015
The question on everyone's mind right now is, "when will it snow?" While there is snow in the forecast, we can't answer that question with certainty. You likely have some other questions on your mind that we can answer.
Colder temperatures are forecast to move into the area Thursday, along with good snowmaking conditions. Typically, we like to see the thermometer at 28 degrees or lower, but our Boyne Low E fan guns allow us to make good quality snow at even 29 degrees. Humidity and wind direction also factor into our ability to make snow, and how much snow we can produce. But our very talented snowmaking crew is standing by, ready to go! The system that is moving into the area could also potentially bring the area's first lake effect snow - although how much accumulation we'll get remains to be seen. Keep your fingers crossed, pray to the snow gods or whatever else you can think of to summon the snow.
This brings us to the next question, "when will you reopen?" We will make snow whenever possible and hope to cover a variety of terrain from our Camelot beginner area over to North and South Challenger, including the Heather Express high speed quad. The resort reopens for lodging Friday, December 18 and we are aiming to be skiing and snowboarding as early as Saturday. We have the ability to get open quickly, but we need some help and cooperation from Mother Nature! It's also important to realize, when we do reopen, we will have limited terrain. We are very much in a day-by-day assessment and will keep you posted as more information is available.
Understanding that we will have limited terrain open this holiday season, our team has been hard at work pulling together additional activities and offerings for guests. Join us slopeside behind the Main Lodge for our Holiday Festival beginning December 27, with a bonfire, music, hot toddies for the adults and hot cocoa for the kids. Our guides will be leading Zipline Adventure Tours and Twin Zip Rides daily from December 19 through January 3. You can also saddle up for a Horseback Trail Ride or take a complimentary horse-drawn wagon ride. Step into The Spa and take advantage of our buy one service, get half off your second service. We are also offering Kids Happy Hour at The Spa where your child can get a 15 minute manicure or pedicure for just $15. Bring the whole family and settle in for a family movie and popcorn twice daily through the New Year.
We may be getting a slow start, but we will do everything in our power to make your vacation a fun, memorable experience regardless of what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Check back often for updates on conditions and please don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions about your stay.◂ Return to News & Updates