Boyne HighlandsIt’s that time of year to be locking down your season pass for the coming winter. A Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands pass not only offers you the local resort, but the opportunity to purchase a M.A.X. Pass and ski or ride all across North America.

A Boyne gold pass provides unlimited skiing and riding at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. All of the passes also offer discounted lodging at all Boyne lodging properties, and discounts for Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain, zipline tours and spa treatments at both resorts. It also includes summer chairlift access and the mountain bike trails.

Cost for the gold pass is $699 for an adult, $529 for teens and $379 for juniors (6-12). Silver and bronze passes have some limitations and blackout dates. Prices, good through October 12, respectively are $499, $349 and $269 for the silver pass and all bronze passes are $269. Senior passes (65-79) are $315 for gold and $279 for silver.

New this year is the M.A.X. Pass, available only to gold pass holders, for an additional $249, which will allow you up to five days skiing and riding at 20 other resorts scattered across North America. The add-on is $249 for adults, $199 for teens and $149 for juniors. The add-on price is only good through the rest of this month. 

Book your Ski and Stay Package for the coming season at either Boyne Mountain or Highlands, good Dec. 4 – April 9, for the lowest rates of the season. Through Sept. 22 you can save 45-percent off the package, which includes an unlimited lift ticket, lodging, breakfast and tubing. Boyne's Erin Ernst, said these are the lowest prices you will see for the winter season.

Don’t forget to check out a couple of annual fall festivals held at the Michigan resorts. Coming to the Highlands Sept. 26 is Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival featuring 40 Michigan breweries and 150 crafted microbrews. Skitoberfest takes place at Boyne Mountain Oct. 3, which features a slush cup style event with mountain bikers trying to pedal across a single-track over a pond, rail jam with snow, and, of course, the Biergarten.   

Photos: Boyne Highlands (top) and Boyne Mountain (bottom) are now selling season passes (Boyne)

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