It may be the best lesson program that I’ve seen come along in all my years of covering snowsports. Boyne Mountain has come up with a first class lesson--Introduce A Friend To Skiing promotion that includes a pair of boots, rentals for the rest of this season and a Frequent Skier Card.
One of the better ski hills in northern Michigan has always been Shanty Creek's Schuss Mountain slopes, but you really didn’t have slopeside accommodations unless you stayed in the aging village.
The first time I visited Boyne Mountain on a ski trip with the Dayton Ski Club it was the mid-1970s, and you either skied or sat in the lounge watching skiers coming down the slopes. Today there is so much more to choose from on a winter visit.
With all the early snowfall and great snowmaking weather that invaded northern Michigan in November the slopes are in great shape. Several resorts are offering some nice early season lift and lodging specials. Take advantage.
Thanksgiving is typically when Midwest ski areas hope to open for the season, and many are right on schedule. If you’re ready to kick-start the season with a ski trip, here’s a sampling of lift and lodging packages at selected ski resorts.
Several Heartland ski areas allow mountain biking on their summer slopes, but if you’re looking for lift served riding, there are four choices.
Zipline tours are popular pursuits at ski resorts along the east coast and in the western mountains, but around the Great Lakes not so much. You need to head to Michigan’s Boyne Country to find the Heartland’s only multiple zipline tours.
A Heartland ski season for the record books, and it’s not over yet. Now heading into its sixth month, many Midwest areas started skiing in mid-November, there are still four ski areas that plan on remaining open weekends into May, assuming the weather hang in.
While this winter’s great season is still underway at a few resorts across the upper Midwest, now is the time to be thinking about your 2014/15 season pass. Some Heartland ski areas are currently offering their best prices of the year for a limited time. Many of these price incentives end this month.
Four resorts scattered across the upper Great Lakes will be open for skiing and riding Easter Weekend even though it’s coming later in April this year. That’s thanks to the record-breaking Midwest winter.
It’s the winter that just keeps on giving. Don’t put those skis or boards away just yet. Check out these events and lift and lodging packages taking place this weekend and into mid-April across the Heartland.
The winter of 2013/14 may have brought the most snow in decades — breaking 100 year old records across the Heartland — but it also had a downside: record-breaking cold.
Thanksgiving is typically when many Midwest ski resorts hope to open for the season, and a number of destination resorts are right on schedule. If you’re ready to kick-start the season with a ski trip, check them out. Most are offering early season discounted lift tickets and lodging rates, plus turkey dinners.
Boyne Mountain’s fifth annual Skitoberfest tis Saturday, Oct. 5, and includes an afternoon jib fest. The Snowsports Summit, featuring four-time Olympian Sarah Schleper as guest speaker, runs from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC and Boyne Resorts, owner of Big Sky Resort, has entered into an agreement to purchase Moonlight Basin Resort, which straddles the other side of Lone Mountain. The acquisition will create the largest ski resort in the Lower 48.
Lift served mountain biking takes place at many western and eastern ski areas and is a popular summer draw for customers. Heartland mountain bikers aren’t so lucky, but there are five ski areas offering lift availability in the Midwest.