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White Gold Card – Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 35 areas for just $269
They’re in! The White Gold Cards have arrived and we just shipped them to ski shops around the state! Ski one time at 34 Michigan ski areas, get your skis tuned, get a coupon worth $20 off $100 at participating retailers and receive 3 hot wax sessions for your skis or board all for $269. The [...]

Winter 2017 – 2018: What’s New At Boyne Mountain
We often get asked by guests what’s new for winter?! Well, here it all is! This winter, Boyne Mountain Resort is rolling out a significant enhancement to the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan guns that makes the fleet the most energy efficient marginal temperature snowmaking system in the world. This breakthrough in technology slashes energy usage by over [...]

Winter 2017 – 2018: What’s New At Boyne Highlands
Boyne Low-E Fan Guns This winter, Boyne Highlands Resort  in Harbor Springs is rolling out a significant enhancement to the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan guns that makes the fleet the most energy efficient marginal temperature snowmaking system in the world. This breakthrough in technology slashes energy usage by over 50% from already industry leading levels.  The energy [...]

What’s New This Winter at Crystal Mountain – 2017 / 2018
The NEW Inn at the Mountain 25 Suites, Mountain Market, Bru Bar, Rooftop Terrace & More The Inn at the Mountain will be center stage as a new Mountain Market, Bru bar, rooftop terrace and 25 suites open to the public this winter at Crystal Mountain. Many of the rooms in the 31,200 square-foot, $11 million expansion to [...]

Caberfae Peaks – Season Passes – 2017 / 2018 – $99 SEASON PASS SALE!
Ski & snowboard SEASON PASSES are now on sale for the 2017 / 2018 season. SEASON PASS SALE Season ski & snowboard passes are now on sale at Caberfae Peaks. The following pass prices are valid through August 31st. BUY NOW $99 Weekend Pass – valid Saturdays & Sundays $109 Midweek Pass – valid Monday – Friday $208 Peak Pass [...]

Crystal Mountain – 2017 – 18 Season Passes
Season Passes Are On Sale Now. Our Labor Day Season Pass Sale is underway! Purchase an adult Premier Season Pass for $359, or a junior/senior Premier Season Pass for $229 and enjoy unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding all season long! Don’t wait – prices will increase on Wednesday, September 13! Learn more and BUY NOW <> Visit Crystal Mountain Website >>>> <> Latest [...]

2017/18 BOYNE Season Ski Passes
New Season Pass Options Your heart belongs to Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls. Maybe it’s the place where you fell in love for the first time, or the third. Maybe it’s the place where you took your first lesson as kid and now ride the magic carpet with your own children. It’s the place where our [...]

Caberfae Peaks – WHAT’S NEW for 2017 – 2018
WHAT’S NEW for 2017 – 2018 at Caberfae Peaks…. Snowmaking expansion at the top of North Peak… New Snowmaking Machines – 4 new SMI PoleCats and 1 new SMI Super Polecat… A new Prinoth BR 350 snow grooming vehicle… A newly paved road to welcome you to Caberfae Peaks… and more! Here’s a summary of [...]

Crystal Mountain – Crystal Spa Holiday Open House – November 17, 2017
[ November 17, 2017; 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Experience mini-treatments throughout the spa, mingle with spa industry experts and representatives‚ and learn tips‚ tricks and techniques to make you look and feel your best for the holidays. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments plus one-night-only savings on Crystal Spa retail and gift certificates, Peak Fitness specials and Peak Boutique specials. Time: 3-7pm 3:30-6:30pm: Complimentary mini yoga [...]

Crystal Mountain – Thanksgiving Reconnect Weekend – November 23 – 26, 2017
[ November 23, 2017 to November 26, 2017. ] Join the celebration... you'll love being a part of this weekend! On Thanksgiving Day, run or walk a 5K in the morning, and enjoy our delicious Thanksgiving buffet that afternoon. On Friday, celebrate the season at our Holiday Trail Celebration. It's a weekend of fun, family and celebration! Thursday, November 23 13th Annual Turkey Vulture Trot 5k Begin [...]

Crystal Mountain – 5K Turkey Vulture Trot – November 23, 2017
[ November 23, 2017; ] Begin Thanksgiving Day by boosting your metabolism for the feast to come! Crystal’s 13th Annual Turkey Vulture Trot 5K run/walk is held on a paved, looped-course thru the scenic rolling terrain of Crystal Mountain. Top male and female finishers overall in the 5k receive a Crystal Premier Season Pass! Proceeds benefit Wings of Wonder . Start Time: 9am - [...]

Thanksgiving Buffet at Crystal Mountain – November 23, 2017
[ November 23, 2017; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings - without stepping foot in the kitchen - at the Annual Thanksgiving Buffet in the beautiful Crystal Center. Time: 11am-4pm Price: Adults: $26, Seniors (Ages 65 +): $22, Kids (Ages 6-12): $13, Kids 5 and Under: Free View Thanksgiving Day Buffet Menu » Reservations required. Call (855) 995-5146. <> Visit Crystal Mountain Website >> <> More News [...]

Boyne Mountain – Thanksgiving Weekend – November 23 – 26, 2017
[ November 23, 2017 to November 26, 2017. ] We invite you to bring your family's Thanksgiving celebration to Boyne Mountain.  With plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages, we also offer you the option to enjoy a delightful buffet in Everett's on Thanksgiving Day or to have a complete meal, including all of the holiday favorites, prepared and delivered to your resort [...]

 
 

White Gold Card – Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 35 areas for just $269

They’re in! The White Gold Cards have arrived and we just shipped them to ski shops around the state! Ski one time at 34 Michigan ski areas, get your skis tuned, get a coupon worth $20 off $100 at participating retailers and receive 3 hot wax sessions for your skis or board all for $269.

The White Gold Cards should be available at your local ski shop by Thursday or Friday.

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The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced a card that allows the holder to ski at 34 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $269.  Called the MSIA White Gold Card, it entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2017/2018 ski season. In addition to the 34 lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot was sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers.  The retail value is over $1,600!

The cards will be available at participating retail stores throughout the state and we have a limited number to sell from this website. You save the $8 shipping fee (per order not per card) by purchasing at your local ski shop. However, if you want to pay for yours now, we will ship it to you when they have arrived.  We only have 400 to sell and they sold out fast last year!

The card looks like a credit card, divided into squares.  Each ski area is assigned to a square and one square is designated for the ski tune-up.  The purchaser takes the White Gold Card to the ski area’s lift ticket window, where the square corresponding to that ski area is punched out.  White Gold Card skiers are allowed to ski one time at each ski area, midweek or weekend.  The card is valid for the entire ski season, except for December 24, 2017 through January 2, 2018.  The cards are non-refundable and non-transferable.  To get the tune-up and hot wax services, White Gold Card purchasers take their skis or boards to one of our participating ski shops.

MSIA developed the White Gold Card as a fundraising endeavor and limits its production to 400 cards.  “We’ve found from past years’ sales that they go quickly,” says Steve Kershner, MSIA Chairman and Director of Snowsports at Shanty Creek Resorts.  He suggests that anyone interested in purchasing a card should do so as soon as possible.

You may pre-order them online via the MSIA website here, or purchase them at participating retailers (listed below) once they have arrived from the printer.

Participating ski areas:

Alpine Valley
Big Powderhorn
Bittersweet
Blackjack Resort
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Mountain
Caberfae Peaks
Cannonsburg
Crystal Mountain
Cross-Country Ski Hdqts.
Bay Mtn. at The Homestead
Hanson Hillls
Porcupine Mountain
Indianhead Mountain
Marquette Mountain
Mont Ripley
Mt. Bohemia
Mt. Bohemia
Mt. Brighton
Mt. Holiday
Mt. Holly
Mt. Zion
Mulligan’s Hollow
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Norway Mountain
Nubs Nob
Pine Knob
Pine Mountain
Shanty Creek
Ski Brule
Snow Snake
Swiss Valley
Timber Ridge
Treetops Resort

These retailers will be selling White Gold Cards:  (Note – Some ski shops will accept only cash or check)

Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus – Grand Rapids – (616) 458-1684
Boyne Country Sports – Bloomfield Hills (248) 338-0803, Novi (248) 549-6006, Traverse City (231) 941-1999
Don Orr Ski Haus – Traverse City (231) 946-8810
Don Thomas Sporthaus – Birmingham (248) 626-9503
Lee’s Adventure Sports – Kalamazoo (269) 381-7701
Nichol’s Ski & Snowboard – Dearborn (313) 565-0044, Waterford (248) 674-5200
Schummer’s Ski Shop – Grosse Ponte Woods (313) 881-4363
Shumaker’s Ski & Board – Flint (810) 239-6931
Skier’s Peak – Bloomfield Hills (248) 594-6200
The Stable of Saginaw – Saginaw (989) 799-0601
Sun & Snow Sports – Ann Arbor (734) 663-9515, Plymouth (734) 927-0007
Summit Sports – Brighton (810) 227-6877, East Lansing (517) 332-4000, Bloomfield Hills (248) 738-4444
Swiss Valley Ski Shop – Jones (269) 244-5635 

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Winter 2017 – 2018: What’s New At Boyne Mountain

We often get asked by guests what’s new for winter?! Well, here it all is!

This winter, Boyne Mountain Resort is rolling out a significant enhancement to the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan guns that makes the fleet the most energy efficient marginal temperature snowmaking system in the world. This breakthrough in technology slashes energy usage by over 50% from already industry leading levels.  The energy savings during a normal snowmaking session would be the equivalent of powering 30,000 100-watt lightbulbs. For the 2017/18 season, the resorts have fully implemented the design enhancement on more than 460 snow guns.

It’s a big deal. Here’s what Stephen Kircher, president of Boyne Resorts has to say about our snowmaking innovations…

“The full implementation of this new technology not only drastically cuts our energy consumption, it also has been confirmed to improve the already industry leading quality level by making our snow even drier than the previous technology creating the opportunity for even higher quality snow surfaces.I am so proud of what the team has accomplished in creating this milestone of efficiency and how this truly is an example of the holy grail of energy sustainability efforts, significantly lowering our carbon footprint while improving the guest experience.”

We have a new kitty!

On The Slopes Servicing the resort’s eight award-winning parks, Boyne Mountain has added a new PistenBully 400 Park Pro to its fleet. The ultimate in maneuverability, the 400 Park Pro is adept for precise grooming work in tight quarters and features a high-performance suspension giving it excellent climbing ability.  Park riders will also enjoy riding under the lights this year in the Ramshead Park.   Boyne Mountain has also added a new compressor and increased the size of water lines for increased snowmaking capability.  Eight lift houses have received a makeover fitting of the resort’s Alpine theme, and the Tubing Park has been reshaped with an extra lane bringing the total lane count to five.

Riding your bike on snow is a whole lot easier now!

On The Trails Add a little power and enjoy the freedom to go further with six new Pedego Trail Trackers – electric fat tire bikes.  The Trail Trackers feature state-of-the-art geared motors allowing riders to effortlessly traverse over virtually any terrain, including snow! Six levels of pedal assist emulate a natural riding experience with a twist-and-go throttle for full power on demand. Rentals are $30 for one-hour or $50 for two-hours, and include a helmet.  Boyne Mountain offers 5km of trails for snow biking.  Trail passes are $5 for the day or $49 for a season pass.   For reservations, call the Adventure Center at 231.549.7256.

It’s pronounced Jeep, but with a G.

Welcome Gregory ‘Geep’ Charlebois There is a changing of the guard for Boyne Mountain’s SnowSports Academy as the resort said goodbye to long-time leader Wolfgang Russold who returned to his home country of Austria.  With big boots to fill, the resort is pleased to welcome Gregory ‘Geep’ Charlebois as the new SnowSports Academy Director.  Geep most recently served as the Director of Snowsports School for Hidden Valley Resort in Pennsylvania and is a Professional Ski Instructors of America Level Two Ski Instructor.

More cool stuff to buy!

New in Retail For adventure lovers, a new retail store, ABENTEUER, now provides a nearly endless supply of gear, accessories and take-home souvenirs.  The store is located adjacent to the Adventure Center.

We’ll see you on the slopes…..SOON!

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Winter 2017 – 2018: What’s New At Boyne Highlands


Boyne Low-E Fan Guns

This winter, Boyne Highlands Resort  in Harbor Springs is rolling out a significant enhancement to the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan guns that makes the fleet the most energy efficient marginal temperature snowmaking system in the world. This breakthrough in technology slashes energy usage by over 50% from already industry leading levels.  The energy savings during a normal snowmaking session would be the equivalent of powering 30,000 100-watt lightbulbs. The resorts first began testing the new nozzle prototypes in 2015 on two of the resorts’ most popular runs to confirm the energy savings and quality improvements.  For the 2017/18 season, the resorts have fully implemented the design enhancement on more than 460 snow guns.
The composition of the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan gun was created by Boyne Resorts’ Michigan based team in conjunction with the world’s leading snow gun manufacturer, SMI of Midland, Michigan.

New Dining Options

Tantalizing your taste buds, the Boyne Highlands Cafeteria will feature warm, fresh from the oven cinnamon rolls and donuts in the morning and house-made cookies in the afternoon.  For lunch, nosh on southern favorites and enjoy custom creations at the new ramen station.  Health conscious consumers will also enjoy a selection of signature freshly prepared salads.  Guests seeking a more leisurely start to their morning can partake in the new Sunday Brunch at the Country Club of Boyne.    A new craft cocktail menu is available at the Slopeside Lounge, which also welcomes the return of Friday night Tap Takeovers, December 29, 2017 – March 9, 2018.  Reservations for the resort’s most popular and unique dining experience, the Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner, which transports guests by sleigh to the top of the slopes to enjoy a candlelit family-style dinner with an acoustic guitarist, will be available for online purchase this winter by visiting boynehighlands.com.

Great Lakes Snow Series 

The Great Lakes Snow Series is making a stop at Boyne Highlands Resort on February 24-25, 2018 for a Saturday evening slopestyle event and pipe event on Sunday morning.  Saturday’s registration will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the event starting at 6:30 p.m.

See you on the slopes!

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