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Microbrew Fest At Boyne Highlands Sept. 27; Skitoberfest At Boyne Mountain Oct. 4

Boyne Highlands Microbrew Fest

The ski season isn’t far away so Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are helping to stoke the excitement.  

Highlands is hosting a new craft beer event Saturday, Sep. 27. The Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival celebrates Michigan’s microbrew heritage. The outdoor tented tasting area is open from 1 to 6 p.m., and tickets are $2 each for a four-ounce pour. Thirty five Michigan breweries will be pouring around 100 different selections. A barbecue will also be offered and complimentary scenic chairlift rides will offer views of Pleasantview Valley and Little Traverse Bay.

An event package is offered starting from $105 per person, per night or $173 per person for two nights. The deal includes a special Friday night reception, hot breakfast buffet, commemorative T-shirt and pint glass, plus five drink tickets.

Boyne Mountain is hosting its sixth annual Skitoberfest and Snowsports Expo Saturday, Oct. 4, with special guest speaker Olympian Karly Shorr and the first on-snow rail jam of the 2014/15 season.

Shorr, who placed sixth this past winter at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in women’s snowboarding slopestyle, rides regularly at the Mountain when she isn’t training or competing. She will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. during the Expo and talk about her early years riding at Boyne and road to the Olympics. An autograph session will follow. 

Admission for all events is free. Tickets are sold separately for tastings and certain day-time kids’ activities, and a cash bar will be available.

Cathy Shorr

The Snowsports Expo, hosted by Olympian and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame member Cary Adgate, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the resort’s Civic Center. The summit also features snowsports gear, technique seminars, physical conditioning tip sessions, vintage ski movies, and a ski swap. 

There will be tastings of Michigan beers, wines and spirits, food trucks, and plenty of Oktoberfest-style festivities including an elaborately decorated Biergarten and music. Chairlift rides will be available to view the beautiful fall colors from the top of the Mountain.

The on-snow rail jam, an annual crowd pleaser, starts at 3:30 p.m. with registration taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Mountain is offering a weekend lodging special from $185 per person, per weekend. It includes Friday and Saturday lodging, 10 activity/drink tickets, commemorative mug, and discount admission to VIP area for each guest, 16 and up. Kids eight and under sleep and eat breakfast free, and juniors, 9-15, also sleep free with adults. 

Photo: A petting zoo is a popular attraction at Boyne Mountain's Skioctoberfest (Boyne Mt.); Lower photo: Olympian Cathy Shorr

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