Insiders Guide To Boyne Highlands Resort
A family is ready to hit the slopes for a day. (Boyne Highlands)
Pull up to the main lodge at Boyne Highlands and the classic three-story hotel with its vine-covered alpine motif and ski hill rising behind the roofline is arguably one of the most iconic views among Heartland ski resorts. Rising over 550 feet, the largest vertical in Lower Michigan, the ski hill 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.
Stay. The best place to stay is the hotel; the high-speed lift is right outside the door to the slopes. The rooms and hotel’s interior have been well preserved over the years.The dining room is one of the best in the Harbor Springs area. Overlooking the lit slopes is your “eye candy” for the meal.
Eat. The resort’s Saturday night Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner held during January and February is a must; a sleigh ride up to the North Peak Lodge, elegantly set and a gourmet dinner with strolling minstrels tops off the evening. The popular dinner is being held nightly Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 1-2. Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse, just down the road, is a popular offsite restaurant.
Trails. This classic Midwest ridge, bent and folded by the last retreating glacier some 11,000 years ago, offers a visual distinctiveness with varied slopes and contours that are rare for the Heartland. It’s one of few resorts around the Great Lakes where you really need a trail map to figure out how to get around to what lift. The secluded North Face runs almost feel like a separate ski area. The front face offers over dozen black-star slopes, one double-black and plenty of long cruising runs in between. Beginners have their own area and chairlift plus a magi-carpet.
Play. When I first started visiting the resort years ago skiing was about the only reason you went. Today there are many other activities to enjoy. You can try the multiple-stage zipline tour, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, horseback riding and tubing in addition to skiing and riding.
Deals. Ski and Stay packages, which include lift, lodging, complimentary breakfast buffet, and tubing, starts from $121 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The deal is available all season long, but is subject to blackout dates and restrictions may apply.