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Big Sky Plans New Eight-Seat Lift, Base Renovations

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A concept of the new eight-seat, high-speed Doppelmayr lift. (Big Sky)

Boyne announced they will install North America’s first eight-seat, high-speed lift at Big Sky Resort over the summer and it will be ready for next winter, and additional improvements will focus on the Mountain Village.

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Spring Festivals: Last-Gasp Parties Of The Season

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Gathering for final run down High Rustler. (Alta/Facebook)

The coming of spring is a bittersweet time for skiers and riders. But it’s also time to party hearty at a plethora of spring festivals and fun dots the calendar during the final weeks of the year.

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New Spruce Peak Triple Chairlift Coming To Sunday River

New Spruce Peak Triple Chairlift Coming To Sunday River

More laps on Spruce Peak next winter. (Sunday River/David McLain)

Sunday River will break ground on a new Spruce Peak Triple chairlift in May.

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Local Ownership Returns To Crystal Mountain

Local Ownership Returns To Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain returns to local owner. (Crystal Mountain/Facebook)

In an era of consolidation, Crystal Mountain is going against the grain, as its longtime CEO has purchased the largest resort in Washington state from Boyne Resorts.

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Big Sky Adds Lifts; Big Sky Big Grass Returns

Big Sky Adds Lifts; Big Sky Big Grass Returns

Snow conditions at Big Sky are excellent this season. (Big Sky)

Big Sky Resort, part of Boyne Resorts headquartered in Michigan, is planning on spending over $150 million on resort improvements over the next eight years. The improvements will include the most advanced chairlift network in North America, elevated lodging, dining and shopping, and more on-mountain activities, according to Stephen Kircher, president of Boyne’s eastern operations and Big Sky.


The aim is to establish Big Sky Resort, with its iconic Lone Peak, and surrounding area as the American Alps.

“For more than 67 years, my family and our organization has remained committed to creating a memorable experiences at unique destinations, often inspired by sense of place and attention to detail,” said Kircher in a prepared statement. “Big Sky will become the best representation of that ideal with our 2025 efforts.”

Big Sky Powder Seeker lift

This past summer as part of the program the resort installed a couple of new state-of-the-art lifts replacing older, slower and less comfortable lifts. A six-seat, high-speed detachable accessing Lone Peak’s bowl replaces the old triple chair, and it’s a Big Sky blue bubble chair with heated seats. Talk about comfort. The other chair, a new fast, fixed-grip triple, will serve the long, steep runs in the Challenger area; reserved for expert-level skiers and riders. It replaces an old, slow double and is more wind resistant. 

The poplular Big Sky Big Grass concert returning for its 11th year

Big Sky Big Grass returns to the resort for the 11th year in a row, Thursday -Sunday, Feb. 9-12.

Live Music Featuring: Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Drew Emmitt Band, Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin' McCourys, 2016 Grammy Nominated artist Sierra Hull, Darol Anger and the Furies, and The Good Time Travelers.

West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park, just 45 minutes away, makes a great day trip. National Park snowcoach tours will take you to Old Faithful, bison viewing and more.

 Iconic Lone Peak stands guard over the Big Sky resort village.

Big Sky offers several lodging packages throughout the winter; 30-percent off the nightly rate in the Huntley Lodge on select dates, and a fourth night free at several of the village lodges and hotels. Some blackout dates may apply.

With all the snow the resort has received so far this winter conditions are excellent. They set visitation records over the holidays.



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Sale Announced Of Ski Resorts Across The Country

Sale Announced Of Ski Resorts Across The Country

Maine's Sugarloaf will have new owners in 2017. (Sugarloaf)

After two years of searching for a buyer, CNL Lifestyle Properties has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with EPR Properties to obtain CNL’s 15 ski resort properties as well as other waterparks, amusement parks and family entertainment centers.


 

The sale, expected to go through in the second quarter of 2017, will be the largest transaction in the history of the sport. However, the ski resorts are leased to operating companies like Boyne Resorts who hold long-term leases, and sale will not have a direct impact on the day-today operations of the resorts.

EPR, a real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Kansas City, Missouri, will acquire the portfolio of ski and attraction assets from CNL and provide debt financing to Och-Ziff Real Estate (OZRE) for its purchase of 14 CNL ski properties in a transaction valued at $700 million.

EPR will acquire Northstar California, along with 15 attraction assets (waterparks and amusement parks) for approximately $456 million. EPR will provide approximately $244 million of five-year financing for 14 ski and mountain lifestyle resorts to be acquired by OZRE for approximately $374 million.



Boyne Resorts is CNL’s largest ski tenant with Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon in the East and Cypress Mountain, Brighton and The Summit at Snoqualmie in the West.

“This sale will have no impact on our resort operations, as this is not a management change. This simply means that we will likely have a new landlord by next summer and we will know more once we engage in further discussions about their longer term intent,” Boyne Senior Vice President, Corporate PR and Programs, Julie Ard told SnoCountry.com.

The sale will also include California’s Sierra-at-Tahoe and Mountain High Resort, as well as Stevens Pass in Washington and Massachusetts’s Jiminy Peak.

Crested Butte tubing

Triple Peaks’ three resorts, Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, and Okemo are also part of the deal. “This sale really has no impact on us or our guests. It is similar to a homeowner whose bank sold their mortgage to another bank. It makes little to no difference to the homeowner,” Okemo’s Tim Mueller told us.

Omni Hotels and Resorts acquired the Omni Mount Washington Resort, home of Bretton Woods, from CNL in December 2015.


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Powdr Enterprises, Boyne Resorts Join Forces For Strategic Brand Partnership; Combined Reach Of 19 Resorts

Big Sky ResortPowdr Enterprises, the sports marketing and entertainment division of Powdr, has announced a strategic brand partnership with Boyne Resorts. This alliance brings together the corporate partnership rights of the two largest privately-owned and operated companies in the mountain sports industry.

 

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Michigan Residents Get Discounts; Fourth Graders Can Ski Free

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The Michigan Ski Industries Association (MSIA) is offering all state fourth graders the chance to ski and snowboard for free this winter, and White Gold Card holders can ski or ride 32 different areas across the Wolverine State for around $6.20 per lift ticket.

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Deal Combines Montana's Big Sky, Moonlight Basin Into Largest Ski Resort In Lower 48

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CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC and Boyne Resorts, owner of Big Sky Resort, has entered into an agreement to purchase Moonlight Basin Resort, which straddles the other side of Lone Mountain. The acquisition will create the largest ski resort in the Lower 48.

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$5.7 Million In Sunday River Upgrades Underway; Snowmaking, Hotel, More

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As Sunday River Resort closed the books on a banner season, the Newry, Maine ski area has embarked on $5.7 million in upgrades prior to the 2013-2014 winter.

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