Boyne Highlands and Mountain Offer New Unique Winter Activities
All Midwest resorts offer an array of trails, lifts, and your more common winter outings like cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-tire winter biking. If you are looking for a little more unusual winter experience check out a couple of new offerings at Michigan's Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain.
Both resorts are now offering Sno-Go Bikes for rent and use on their slopes. The bike-riding motion was paired with a new ski technology designed to perform in all types of snow conditions, according to Boyne spokesperson Erin Ernst. They are the only Midwest ski resorts offering them.
“They are proving very popular at both resorts. Guests see them on the slopes and are immediately intrigued. They are allowed everywhere except the terrain parks,” she explained to SnoCountry. “Boots do not lock into the skis on the Sno-Go Bikes. Snowboard boots work best. If a guest doesn't have them we provide them. Helmets are also required and provided if they don't have one.
“They are very easy to operate, and to me, that's one of their biggest advantages as a snowsport. They allow anyone to start riding and enjoying the slopes quickly. If you are a skier currently, riding these bikes comes very naturally immediately.”
First-time renters receive an introductory lesson for the first hour. After that, you show your Sno-Go Bike pass to prove you had the lesson. They rent for $55 for two hours.
The Highlands is also offering a new Enchanted Trail Walk, a magical, relaxing two-mile round trip two-mile walk starting at the Cross Country Center. The trail walk lit by soft warm glow lights takes you to a rustic yurt that features s’mores, a bonfire, and warm drinks.
The trail walk requires advance reservations and tickets and is available weekends during January and February. The tickets are $15 per person or $40 for a family of four. The event has already proven popular and some dates may be sold out. Limited quantities of tickets are available per hour-and-half time slots for each event.