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Winter 2014 / 15: What’s New At Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands

BOYNE’s last two seasons have offered enthusiasts over five months of skiing and snowboarding, and hopes are high for the 2014/15 season to be a threepeat.  Never leaving winter to chance, BOYNE consistently invests to ensure maximum efficiency in snowmaking and also delivers a slew of new offerings.

This winter, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands have installed state-of-the-art snowmaking control systems that streamline management of each resort’s colossal snowmaking fleet.  And that’s just the start of what’s new.

At Boyne Mountain, the 2014/15 season also brings two new ziplines, concessions at the Tubing Park, lively après ski parties, new Junior pricing and online ticket sales at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, expanded lift hours on Disciples II, improved lighting on McLouth, new features in the Burton Riglet Park and new Nordic signage, plus more rental equipment.

For the 2014/15 season, Boyne Highlands has also undergone facility renovations and is expanding lift hours on the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts, adding lanes to the Tubing Park and features to the Burton Riglet Park, adding lighting on the NASTAR course, offering improved Nordic grooming, introducing showshoeing expeditions, adding rental equipment, and boasting a new menu of culinary delights and beer and wine events.

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The Fun Never Ends
Boyne Mountain is raising the fun barometer even higher this season.  The resort’s Zipline Adventure Tour is being expanded to include two new ziplines that will bridge the gap between current lines 8 and 10 with a tree canopy feature in the middle.  Zipliners will also see new and exciting winter attractions along the walking trail between lines.

Boyne Mountain’s popular Tubing Park is offering food and beverage concessions this winter.  The Tubing Park offers six downhill lanes and has a rope tow for convenient up-hill access.  One- and two-hour, and full day passes are available and tubing is open to adults and children ages 5 and up.

Lively après ski parties in the Snowflake Lounge are scheduled each Saturday, 4-7 p.m., beginning Dec. 27, 2014.  Parties feature the always-entertaining David Cisco, as well as drink specials and the resort’s exclusive Everett’s IPA on draft, brewed solely for Boyne Mountain Resort by Petoskey Brewing Co.   Continuing this winter, kids can also get in on the après ski action with their own parties in Stein Eriksen’s with music, dancing, kiddie cocktails, and more.

Avalanche Bay Makes Big Splash Online and with Juniors
Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark has introduced new Junior pricing for ages 3 to 10.  Children ages two and under still receive free access with a ticketed adult.  Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark is also launching a new website this fall that will feature the option to purchase admission passes online.  Guests procuring online passes will expedite their purchasing process with an easy email confirmation guaranteeing access on peak dates and providing maximum family fun.

Lifts, Slopes, and Trails
Those who love the Disciples area’s green and blue rollers, snow-covered trees, and sneaky stashes, will have even more access with expanded lift hours on the Disciples II chairlift set to run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Glade clearing has continued in this region of the slopes, which accounts for approximately 30% of Boyne Mountain’s total 415 skiable acres.

Night skiers and riders will notice improved lighting on McLouth, and the youngest boarders will find new feature enhancements to the resort’s Burton Riglet Park designed for youngsters ages 3 to 6.

This winter also brings improved Nordic trail signage throughout the trail network as well as widened trails maintained by full size groomers for better consistency and quality of Boyne Mountain’s 35 km of cross country trails.

New Rental Equipment
Providing the latest in rental equipment, Boyne Mountain has also added 200 new sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.

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Resort Renovations
Boyne Highlands Resort has undergone numerous renovations including two newly remodeled pools for resort lodging guests at The Bartley House hotel and Heather Highlands Inn condo-hotel.  The resort has also renovated meeting space for group functions in the Main Lodge with updated lighting, new carpet, and fresh paint, and has a refreshed hotel lobby.

On The Slopes
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can get even more time in on some favorite terrain as the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts are expanding to daily operations.  The Tubing Park will offer more excitement with an expansion from two side-by-side lanes to six individual lanes thanks to the purchase of a new tube lane cutter.  The resort’s Burton Riglet Park, specially designed for 3-6 year olds, is being enhanced with new features and moving to the Camelot beginner slope.  Additional lighting on the NASTAR course will make maneuvering turns even easier, and for park enthusiasts, Boyne Highlands continues to offer the only 13-foot Halfpipe in Michigan.

On The Trails
Boyne Highlands has purchased a new cross country tracker for more efficient grooming and tracking of the resort’s 35 km of trails.  For a twist on the trails, snow bikes were introduced last season, and will continue to be available this winter on exclusively tracked trails.  New this winter, six enchanted snowshoe expeditions are planned, each followed by a gourmet dinner.  Snowshoe event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com.

New Rental Equipment
Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 200 sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.

Culinary Delights
Fueling up is part of the joy of a day on the slopes.   New, and not just for kids, is a Macaroni and Cheese Bar with all the fixings.  Let your mind run wild creating your own bowl of deliciousness with more than 20 topping options.  Cap off your meal with a visit to the sweet and savory Crepe Station.  Both new offerings are available in the resort’s cafeteria.  To quench your thirst, Boyne Highlands is hosting tap takeovers with Michigan breweries every other Friday in the Slopeside Lounge beginning on Jan. 2, 2015.  Also on Fridays are Vintner Nights in the Main Dining Room where winery representatives talk wines from around the world.  On Tuesdays, the Slopeside Lounge is offering hand-rolled sushi.

The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, located 27 miles apart, offering Lower Michigan’s highest vertical and longest runs.  Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in Michigan.  Early purchase discounts on season passes are available through October 13, 2014.  Valuable preseason rates for Ski & Stay packages with breakfast are available now and for a limited time at Boyne Highlands and at Boyne Mountain.  When staying on a package, Juniors ages 9-15, receive reduced rates and kids ages 8 and under sleep, ski/ride, and eat breakfast for free!

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White Gold Card – Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 33 areas for just $219

The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced a card that allows the holder to ski at 33 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $219.  Called the MSIA White Gold Card, it entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2014/2015 ski season. In addition to the 33 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 $1,400!

The cards will be available at participating retail stores throughout the state. We only have 400 to sell and they sold out fast last year!  See the list below for a retailer near you.

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, 2014 through January 2, 2015.  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 the over 40 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.

Participating ski areas:

Alpine Valley
Apple Mountain
Big Powderhorn
Blackjack Resort
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Mountain
Caberfae Peaks
Crystal Mountain
Cross-Country Ski Hdqts.
The Homestead
Hanson Hills
Indianhead Mountain
Marquette Mountain
Mont Ripley
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 sell White Gold Cards.

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
Outdoor Action Co. – Sylvan Lake (248) 454-1188
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) 663-95515, Plymouth (734) 927-0007
Swiss Valley Ski Shop – Jones (269) 244-5635
Treetops Ski Shop – Gaylord (989) 732-6711

MSIA has SOLD OUT of White Gold Cards available to purchase online.  Please check with one of the ski retailers listed above to purchase a card.


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What’s New This Winter at Crystal Mountain – 2014 / 15

Ten-inch snowmaking pipe currently being installed from the bottom of Main Street to the top of our frontside slopes

NEW! Two New Slopes

Crystal Mountain’s slope count will increase to 50 this winter with the addition of Last Call and Jester’s Alley. Last Call is a glades run that begins on North Face and wanders back to the front-side slopes. Crews are working this fall on Main Street and Giggles to create a new dedicated beginner terrain park named Jester’s Alley.

NEW! Second Skier/Boarder-Cross Course

This winter a second Skier/Boarder-Cross course will be added, this time to the Ridge slopes. The course will be designed on Kaye Blue (Intermediate level) finishing in the flat just above the Ridge triple chairlift.

NEW! Partnership with Burton Snowboards

If you rent a board at Crystal Mountain this winter it will likely be from industry leader and legend Jake Burton. We have swapped out nearly our entire fleet of rental snowboards with those from Burton but the partnership doesn’t stop there.

NEW! Burton Riglet Park & Terrain Based Learning

Young, aspiring snowboarders will get an effective introduction to the sport on weekends within the new Burton Riglet Park. This is flatland training in which students are pulled by an instructor over features to build confidence and provide a feel for what it means to ride the terrain. Along those same lines, Crystal Mountain’s grooming crews will be maintaining subtle rollers and banks within Totem Park (the resort’s learning area) and beginner trails that naturally help beginners with speed control and engaging turns.

NEW! Tank Line in Tuck’s Terrain Park

Crystal’s terrain park design philosophy of lower and longer features will be most noticeable in Tuck’s this winter on the Tank Line. These modified and repurposed propane tanks will welcome new riders while challenging experienced boarders and freestyle skiers to hit every feature in the clean, continuous line.

NEW! More Fat Tire Bike Trails

Fat Tire Biking is one of the fastest growing and most popular off-slope activities at the resort. Cycling crews are currently designating new stretches of trail. Stay tuned for details.

NEW! Exclusive Snowshoe Trails in Michigan Legacy Art Park

Snowshoers will now have dedicated trails in which to enjoy the over 40 works of art within Michigan Legacy Art Park. Part of the Flying Squirrel trail will still allow cross-country skiers to glide through a portion of the art park with the remainder available for snowshoers to explore and contemplate nature and art.

NEW! Adding Edge to the Winter Adventure

Thousands tested themselves on the rickety bridge, high wire and zip line of Crystal Mountain’s new ropes course this summer. The added elements provided by Old Man Winter will add a new challenge this winter on the Edge Adventure Course, two stories above the Park at Water’s Edge.

NEW! Season Passholder Perks

Dreaming of taking a ski vacation out west this winter? Crystal Mountain’s 2014-15 Season Passholders are now eligible for great savings at two new partner resorts: Deer Valley in Utah and Grand Targhee in Wyoming. Save 20% on lodging and lift tickets at participating Deer Valley Resort properties (plus a $50 dining certificate). Plus, ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging two or more nights. Crystal passholders can enjoy new discounts at home too. Learn more about our 2014-15 Passholder Perks.

Lift Hours Update

With the exception of Christmas/New Year (December 22-January 4) and President’s Week/Mid-Winter Break (February 16-22), lifts will close at 4:30pm on Monday and Tuesday nights beginning this winter. Crystal Mountain will be open seven days a week with night skiing and riding Wednesday through Sunday (conditions permitting).


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Crystal Mountain – 2014-15 Season Passes

Love winter with a Season Pass from Crystal Mountain. Choose from a variety of passes to enjoy our downhill slopes, cross-country skiing trails, terrain parks, Passholder Perks and countless winter events all season long!

50 Slopes this Season!

We are excited to reach 50 slopes for the 2014-15 season with the opening of two new runs:
Last Call and Jester’s Alley.

Lift Hours Update

With the exception of Christmas/New Year (December 22-January 4) and President’s Week/Mid-Winter Break (February 16-22), lifts will close at 4:30pm on Monday and Tuesday nights beginning this winter. Crystal Mountain will be open seven days a week with night skiing and riding Wednesday through Sunday (conditions permitting).

Premier Pass Payment Plan

If you purchased a Premier Pass during our Spring Season Pass Sale and chose the down payment option, your final payment is due by September 12, 2014. Make your payment at any time by calling (855) 847-4395.


Premier Pass
Unlimited downhill skiing and riding all winter.
No blackout dates.
10-Day Sale
August 26 – September 4, 2014
Early Fall
September 5 – October 1, 2014
Late Fall
October 2-31, 2014
Premier +2 – Best Value
• One Unlimited Premier Pass
• One Unlimited Cross-Country Ski Pass
• Season Pass Insurance
• Two Open-to-Close Lift Tickets
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Bring a Friend
$389 N/A
Premier Adult (18-64 Years Old) $319
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$349 $379
Premier Teen (13-17 Years Old) $279
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$289 $299
Premier Junior (7-12 Years Old) $269
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$279 $299
Premier Child (6 Years Old & Under)
Must be age 6 or under on 12/1/14.
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$25 $25
Premier Senior (65-79 Years Old) $269
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$279 $299
Premier Superior (80+ Years Old) $25
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$25 $25
Premier College
Must prove full time enrollment at time of processing.
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$199 $199
Premier Military
Must present current military ID at time of processing.
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$289 $299
Cross-Country Trail Pass
All 2014-15 Premier Pass purchasers are eligible to add our Cross-Country Trail Pass for only $49, with unlimited access to more than 40 km of Nordic trails.
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$49 $49


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2014/15 BOYNE Season Ski Passes

As a thrill seeker with a soft spot for the wild side, you probably think it’d be awesome to have a season’s pass to Boyne Mountain. Truth is, you’d be right. It is awesome. But the fact that a BOYNE Season Pass is good at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands? That’s almost too good to be true.

Fortunately, it’s entirely true. One pass, and you have a magic ticket to the combined excitement of Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands – with superior snowmaking and grooming over 115 downhill runs, eleven terrain parks, a halfpipe, skier/boarder cross courses and a whole lot more between them. And with discounts skiing and riding at other BOYNE resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada – and at Avalanche Bay, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark – there’s plenty of reason to pony up for a BOYNE Season Pass.

Why Buy your 2014/15 BOYNE Season Pass Now?

How To Buy 2014/15 BOYNE Season Passes

Pricing June 1 through October 13, 2014

Pass Adult (19-64) Teen (13-18) *Junior (6-12) **Senior (65-79)
Gold $799 $629 $449 $329
Silver $499 $369 $269 $289
Bronze $319
College $309 Proof of 9+ credit hours required
Nordic $149 All ages
Nordic add-on $49 When purchased in conjunction with a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or College Pass

* Children ages 6-8 who were BOYNE Playground Passholders during the 2013/14 season are eligible to purchase a BOYNE Playground Pass through age 8 so long as they continue to do so yearly. Children ages 8 and under who participate in the Boyne Country Sports “Junior Has-A -Fit Program” or a SnowSports Academy season-long program are eligible to purchase a BOYNE Playground Pass.  BOYNE 2014/15 Playground Passes will be available after September 1, 2014.
** Seniors age 70+ who were BOYNE Senior or Active Passholders during the 2013/14 season are eligible to purchase a BOYNE Active Pass so long as they continue to do so yearly. BOYNE 2014/15 Active Passes will be available after September 1, 2014.


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Crystal Mountain – 9th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic – October 18, 2014

The annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic is held in and around the beautiful, gently rolling terrain surrounding Crystal Mountain. The race starts and finishes near the base of the front-side slopes. Riders journey through hardwood and pine forests along rambling two-tracks and flowing single-track on a course that is fast and challenging, but not so difficult that racers new to the sport won’t have a great time.

Start Time for Wave #1 in the Sports/Beginners category is 9:30am. Start Time for Wave #1 in the Experts/Pros category is 12:30pm. View all Start Times.

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