Boyne, Boston Mills, Mad River Mountain Hosting Early Fall Events
Three Heartland ski areas are hosting early October open houses, festivals, rail jams and a chance to preview new gear for the coming season.
Boyne Mountain’s third annual Skitoberfest takes place Saturday, Oct. 6, and includes an afternoon jib fest and Snowsports Summit hosted by former Olympian and Boyne Ambassador Cary Adgate. Four-time Olympian A. J. Kitt is the featured guest speaker at the Summit, which takes place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
A host of kid-friendly activities, including a petting zoo and horse and pony rides, happen throughout the afternoon. Beer tasting and food tent opens at 2 p.m. and will feature more than 50 of Michigan's best microbreweries wines and spirits. It’s $30 for 12 tickets to use on food and beverages and a commemorative Skitoberfest pint glass.
Area restaurants, markets and farms will be serving special dishes for sampling. Free scenic chairlift rides to the top of the mountain will be available and fall colors should be about peak. Nightly lodging is available starting from $110 per person, based on double occupancy.
Ohio’s Mad River Mountain, home hill to Louie Vito, will be hosting the Action Sports Zone at the Midwest Outdoor Experience Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. Held in Dayton’s Eastwood Metro Park it used to be called Gearfest, and last year drew over 12,000 outdoor enthusiasts.
The Sports Zone features BMX biking, slackline competitions and a tubing and rail park. Mad River is bringing in over 2,000-pounds of ice to create a sliding zone. The event is free and features tons of outdoor vendors and activities along with food, music and camping.
Cleveland snowsports enthusiasts should take heed. Boston Mills/Brandywine is holding its Open House Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-14, and it’s the best time to purchase a season pass, lessons and specialty programs for the 2012/13 season. Savings of up to $100 per pass are available.
There will be a large gear sale by Buckeye Sports Center and a ski swap hosted by the BMBW Ski Patrol. Last year they also hosted a rail jam and scenic chairlift rides. No details on this year’s events were available at press time.
Photo: Fall golf (Boyne Mt.)