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Mountain People: Episode 2

Mountain People: Episode 2

Episode 2 of Mountain People: a series of stories from Boyne Mountain's slopes.
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Machine Groomed for Saturday, December 16

Temperature Open Trails Open Lifts Open Terrain
H 15 °F 20 Trails of 60 7 Lifts of 12 55 Acres of 415
Base Depth Snowfall Today's Hours
21 - 40″ 5″ Past 72 Hours 9-4:30
Today at Boyne Mountain  

Hooray! The weekend is here, the sun is out, and the lifts are spinning - what could be better?

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Holiday Update

Please visit our conditions page for the latest terrain updates. Thanks and we'll see you on the slopes!

UPDATE: December 29 at 11:30am

More terrain is coming very soon, thanks to the solid 10" of snow last night! Both Center and South McLouth are now OPEN and our crew has started to groom the Disciples area this morning and we hope to open the Disciples Ridge chairlift this afternoon. Next, we will shift our focus over to Meadows in hopes that we can open that tomorrow.

As of now, we are shutting down snowmaking to repair a leak in the main line at the bottom of McLouth. Our plan is to make the repair promptly so the night crew can resume snowmaking by 6pm.

UPDATE: December 29, 8:30am

Mother Nature finally came through for us, and in a big way! The snow began falling around 5pm yesterday afternoon, before becoming heavier overnight.  When we woke up, we were looking at 10" of new snow on the slopes, leaving us with the best on slope conditions of the season to this point! 

Snowmaking continued through the night as well and into this morning, and we'll continue to do so at every opportunity.  

Our holiday lift ticket rates are available here, and you can get the most up to date information on our conditions report

See you on the slopes!

UPDATE: December 28 at 4:30pm

Catch an update from Dan on snowmaking efforts, available terrain, and upcoming events! Kick off your New Year celebration at Boyne Mountain Resort, including our annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks!

Our holiday lift ticket rates are available here, and you can get the most up to date information on our conditions report

And how could we forget? Mother Nature should be dropping off our Christmas present tonight- for everyone who asked for a new white blanket!

See you on the slopes!

UPDATE: December 28 at 9am

Mother Nature looks to finally be cooperating!  Colder temperatures moved into the area yesterday afternoon, allowing us to fire up the Boyne Low-E fan guns which continue to blast snow as of this update this morning.  The short term forecast looks like we'll be able to keep them on at least through Tuesday afternoon before turning them on again Tuesday night!  

Even more good news - the first major snowfall of the winter season looks to be headed our way tonight and tomorrow!  All told, we're forecast to receive up to 8+" by Tuesday evening.  Keep working on that snow dance, because it looks like its about to pay off!

As always, Click here for lift ticket rates, and click here for our regular conditions update.

 - Your Friendly Neighborhood Snow Reporter

UPDATE: December 26 at noon

We were able to resume snowmaking last night and are looking forward to an extended period of snowmaking beginning on Sunday night.

WE WILL BE OPEN FOR NIGHT SKIING AND RIDING STARTING TONIGHT! The available lifts will be Mountain Express, Boyneland, Victor, and a Magic Carpet. The terrain serviced will be Victor, Pierson, Hemlock, Deer Run, Boyneland, and the beginner carpet area. Slopes will be open 9am-9pm through Saturday, January 2. We will resume regular night skiing, Wednesday through Saturdays, on January 6.

Click here for lift ticket rates.

Click here for our regular conditions update.

Stop by Monday for our Boyne Country Sports' Manufacturers Demo Day from 9am-3pm! All the major ski and snowboard manufacturers will converge in one place with all their equipment just for you. So, if you've been looking to replace those tired skis or that trashed snowboard, Boyne is where you want to be.  Company representatives from Burton, K2, Rossignol, Nordica, Volkl and more will be on site to not only talk about all their great gear but also to let you try all their latest equipment and it's all FREE.

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 23 at 3:30pm

While the weather has not exactly been wintry, we have certainly done our best to provide skiing and riding for the holidays. Colder temperatures are in the near forecast and we look forward to firing up the Boyne Low-E fan guns as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have an abundance of fun activities off-the-slopes that appeal to every age.

  • Hit up the Adventure Center for a Zipline Adventure Tour, race a friend on a Twin Zip Ride, take a Segway for a sping, groom the runs on a Groomer Ride, or explore our Adventure Trail on a Fat Tire Bike.
  • Make a splash at Avalanche Bay. Did you know that Avalanche Bay is Michigan's largest indoor waterpark? The waterpark and arcade are open daily with a new lineup of complimentary crafts and games in the Activity Room located on the upper level of the Arcade. Check our Mountain Messenger for more details.          
  • We invite you to try something new at the resort - sample the menu at our newly renovated Forty Acres Tavern with a taste for every appetite and a beer for every acre and make sure you take some time to relax and unwind at The Spa at Boyne Mountain with a refined salon and fitness area that we know you'll enjoy.  

As always, we will also have nightly horse drawn sleigh rides, family movies, storytime, and bonfires with s'mores along with some fantastic Christmas buffets and New Year's Eve parties for the whole family.

Thanks for choosing to spend your holiday time with, you're part of our family.

UPDATE: Monday, December 21 at 5pm

We're open for the season! After some hard work from our snowmaking team, we were able to open the slopes on Sunday for daily operations. Right now we're open from 9am-4:30pm with five trails and four lifts. With a variety of terrain available, there's something the whole family can enjoy!

Click here for current lift ticket rates and check out our current conditions page for complete list of open lifts and runs.  Due to limited terrain, lift tickets from December 26 through January 3 will be discounted from previously announced holiday rates, and that pricing will be announced by December 24.

Keep thinking snow, and we'll see you on the slopes!

UPDATE: Saturday, December 19 at 1:00pm

We will open Sunday, December 20 from noon to 4:30pm with four runs, Hemlock, Victor, Pierson, and Boyneland, accessed by Hemlock, Mountain Express, and Boyneland chairlifts. Thanks to our hard-working snowmaking crew, we hope to open additional terrain on Monday.

We will remain open for the season beginning at 9am on Monday.  

Night skiing is slated to begin on December 26.

Click here for lift ticket rates. 

Our terrain park crew will be setting features on Monday as our focus was on snowmaking these past few days.

Check back tomorrow afternoon on the blog and conditions pages for updated details on lift and runs for Monday. 

UPDATE: Friday, December 18 at 4:30pm

The snow is still falling and it's beginning to look like a winter wonderland in northern Michigan...finally! We couldn't be more excited, but wanted to give you some insight on what this means for the slopes.

When you take 8-12 inches of natural snowfall, it compresses down into about one inch of pack or base. No one wants to ski or ride on one inch of base. That is why we currently have over 150 Boyne Low-E fan guns cranked up and making snow. We are not opening on Saturday so that we can continue snowmaking in an effort to build a deeper base that can withstand the warmer temperatures in the forecast for next week. Thanks for your patience as we work our magic in the hopes of giving you more terrain this holiday season. 

Terrain Park Update: We are planning on putting in three features for Sunday.  We also hope to be building the Boyneland Park sometime next week.  

Check back for more updates this weekend! 


UPDATE: Friday, December 18 at 11:30am

Looks like our snow rituals worked! We received two inches of snow thus far, and it's still coming down.

While we wish this update was all good news, Mother Nature continues to challenge us with high humidity and overnight lows hovering in the high twenties, which is limiting the amount of snow that we can produce. Current forecasts look favorable for sustained snowmaking through at least Sunday morning, with additional opportunities possible Monday evening. We'll be making snow at every possible opportunity!

We plan to reopen the slopes from noon to 4:30pm on Sunday, and will announce available terrain on Saturday afternoon. Check back here for those updates...

Lift tickets for Sunday are $25 for most ages, and 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: Thursday, December 17 at 4:45pm

The Boyne Low-E fan guns are officially on. We will let you know tomorrow the update on when we will reopen.


We are all in this together. As we long for Jack Frost to nip at our nose and more importantly blanket our slopes, we understand that many of you, our snow revelers, are relying on us to spread the good word that flakes are flying and snow guns are on. We are anxiously waiting to deliver those messages, but the truth is...winter hasn't arrived yet in northern Michigan. We are wearing our pajamas inside out, sleeping with spoons under our pillows, and flushing ice cubes down the throne daily - in other words, we are doing every superstitious ritual we can think of right now to give you snow. The good news is...we think it might be working!
The current forecast is calling for our first lake effect snow showers of the season and a cold snap to hit Thursday through Sunday, followed by a brief warm-up that extends through Christmas Day. Rest assured that once the mercury dips below 28° that our state-of-the-art Boyne Low-E fan guns will be cranking. Our plan is always to open as much terrain as possible, as soon as possible. The reality is that we will be working this weekend to cover ground we lost this past week, but you might be surprised at how much we can put out in just three nights of snowmaking. If the forecast holds true, we will have Pierson, Victor, and Hemlock slopes open this Saturday serviced by one lift, Hemlock, and our terrain park crew will set at least three features. The goal is to be open daily for the season starting Saturday. Once a solid base is established on these three runs, we will work towards opening McLouth and Boyneland. Natural snowfall is a huge bonus, but as long as we have the right mix of temperatures, wind, and humidity, we are confident that our snowmaking system will provide a plentiful season for us all. 

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