Boyne Mountain, credited with many industry firsts for lift innovations and snowmaking, first opened in January 1949. They had the first chairlift in the Midwest, and can also lay claim to pioneering the four season resort concept now popular throughout the country when they started adding golf to the activity list.
To celebrate the historic occasion the resort remained open for skiing for 70 hours straight and hosted the 70-Hour Mountain Challenge where teams signed up and competed to see which team could make the most runs during the challenge, which benefited nearby Challenge Mountain. Individuals with disabilities enjoy adaptive recreational opportunities, like adaptive skiing, biking, and horseback riding. All registration fees and lift tickets sold through the event went to benefit Challenge Mountain. They raised nearly $35,000 for them.
Boyne Mountain today is a bit of old and new. The village has grown with the addition of the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa and attached waterpark, which offsets it from any other Heartland ski resort.
There’s still the familiar old Clock Tower Lodge, which has been nicely updated. In addition to the Stein Erickson restaurant in the Clock Tower, there is now the upscale Everett’s in the Mountain Grand and 40 Acre Tavern in the village. The Eagles Nest still offers wonderful views and lunch from the top, and a Taco Truck and Waffle Cabin have been added in the village.
New slopes have been opened over the years, but the front face of the Mountain, where the Dean of Midwestern Steep, Hemlock still holds court, has changed little. It still provides some of the best skiing and riding found around the Great Lakes.
It was a grand celebration with people skiing and boarding all night long, torch light parades and fireworks over the Mountain, and they were able to help a worthy cause.
Boyne’s ski resorts now stretch from coast to coast. Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine; Loon Mountain, Vermont; Boyne Highlands also in Michigan; Brighton, Utah; Big Sky, Montana; Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia.