The iconic vine covered Boyne Highlands hotel with the ski hill rising behind it. (Boyne Highlands)
A fire significantly damaged the Boyne Highlands hotel early Sunday morning, Dec. 11, with at least 12 people being transported to area hospitals, according to a story published by the Petoskey News Review.
The resort remained closed Sunday, and a re-opening date has not been determined, according to statement released by the resort.
It’s estimated that about 40 percent of the hotel, which has 148 rooms, has been damaged, said Boyne Highlands GM Mike Chumbler in the story. The cause of the fire was still under investigation and undetermined at this time.
Timing couldn’t be worse for the resort with Christmas and the holiday period, always a busy time, just two weeks away.
“Thankfully we have two resorts in Michigan, just minutes apart. If we have to move people around for accommodations we can do that,” he told the newspaper. “I think we’ll be able to open for skiing and snowboarding in a relatively reasonable time frame. It will be just a matter of what we can offer in accommodations.
“The weather was just turning for us. Early season conditions were fantastic. It’s a very unfortunate blow. Very poor timing,” he added.
Boyne Mountain sits on the south side of Petoskey. The sister resorts are about a half-hour apart.
Emmett County Sheriff, Pete Wallin, reported that some of the people were injured leaping from balconies and several others were taken from balconies by firefighters responding to the fire. He said the call reporting the fire came into 911 around 1:30 a.m.
The resort reportedly had 113 overnight guests, but not all of them were staying in the hotel.
Boyne Highlands, one of Lower Michigan’s largest ski resorts, offers 55 runs up to a mile long and eight lifts, including a high-speed quad. There are four terrain parks, a 13-foot halfpipe, and numerous glades scattered across the ridge. The ski area was not affected.