Boyne Mountain, Mad River Rail Jams Preview Midwest Season In Early October
Boyne Mountain’s fifth annual Skitoberfest tis Saturday, Oct. 5, and includes an afternoon jib fest. The Snowsports Summit, featuring four-time Olympian Sarah Schleper as guest speaker, runs from 10 a.m. - 5 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, are offered throughout the afternoon. Beer tasting and food tent opens at 2 p.m. and features Michigan microbreweries, wines and spirits. Admission is free.
Tickets required for beer, wine and spirits tasting. Food and sweet treats are from area restaurants. The Biergarten will be serving gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts from 2-5 p.m. Admission is $50 per person. Live music starts at 8:30 p.m. with Chicago’s After Party band.
The Skitoberfest Rail Jam runs 3:30-5:30 p.m. You bring the gear and attitude and Boyne will supply the “snow.” It’s actually ice shavings, but who cares? It’s kicking off the winter, and you’re sliding.
Free scenic chairlift rides to the top of the mountain will be available and fall colors should be nearing peak. Nightly lodging is available starting from $99 per night, per person, based on double occupancy, or $178 per person for two nights. It includes 10 tickets good for food, drink and events, a commemorative mug and discount on purchase of VIP pass to the Biergarten.
Ohio’s Mad River Mountain, home hill to snowboard champ Louie Vito, will be hosting the Action Sports Zone at the Midwest Outdoor Experience, Saturday, Oct. 5. Held in Dayton’s Eastwood Metro Park, it’s one of the largest festivals in the Midwest celebrating the outdoor lifestyle.
Last year's event drew more than 15,000 outdoor enthusiasts. It features plenty of outdoor vendors and activities along with food, music and camping. The event starts Friday, Oct. 4 and runs through the weekend.
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 Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or as long as the “snow” holds up. The off-site mini-tubing park and rail garden is free. Bring your own ski and snowboard gear. Participants must sign a waiver, and those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign.
It’s just a taste of what’s to come. Winter is just around the corner.
Top photo: Boyne Mountain Skitoberfest; Bottom left: Guest speaker Sarah Schleper (Boyne Mountain)