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Boyne Mountain – 2015 Hemlock Open – April 18, 2015
[ April 18, 2015; ] If you aren't quite ready to put your race skis away but you have thought about dusting off the clubs, then we have the event for you. The Hemlock Open is a two person team competition. It consists of two runs of slalom in a dual format on North Boyne in the morning. In the [...]

Boyne Highlands – Zoo-de-Mack Bike Bash – May 16 – 17, 2015
[ May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015. ] The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island. THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (3,500 in 2011) who want to enjoy a [...]

Crystal Mountain – 10th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 23, 2015
[ May 23, 2015; ] Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment from Sweetwater Blues Band and The RockShow Band while sampling over 75 of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside. Breweries and Brat Vendors Listed Below! Time VIP Access: 3-4pm Beer and [...]

Caberfae Peaks Snow Photos
Caberfae Peaks – March 27, 2015 With nothing but sunshine in the forecast, will these tracks be yours tomorrow? Caberfae Peaks – March 19, 2015 Another awesome sunset tonight at the Peaks! Caberfae Peaks – March 17, 2015 Today’s Forecast: Sunshine & a high of 34! Caberfae Peaks – March 6, 2015 The weekend forecast looks outstanding with a high of 33 [...]

Crystal Mountain Photos
Crystal Mountain – March 28, 2015 Today’s sun puts some spring in your step on loose granular! We’ll be skiing through Easter with plenty of coverage on the slopes, so make our hills a spring break staycation destination. Crystal Mountain – March 15, 2015 Spectators lined up to watch some spectacular splashes at yesterday’s Slush Cup. Crystal Mountain – [...]

Fourth & Fifth Graders Ski Free with MSIA Cold is Cool Passport!
New this winter – the Cold is Cool Passport is for 5th grade students too! The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This is why MSIA has established a state-wide program that provides every fourth and now also 5th grader [...]

Caberfae Peaks Snowmaking – 2014/15
Caberfae Peaks – December 28, 2014 The snow machines are back on! Caberfae Peaks – December 11, 2014 Slopes open tomorrow for the season and will be open 10 am to 9 pm on Friday and 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Snowmaking is progressing and the Darkside will open this weekend! Caberfae Peaks – December [...]

Crystal Mountain – Cardboard Classic – March 14, 2015
[ March 14, 2015; 12:00 am; ] Build a cardboard sled using ONLY standard brown cardboard and duct tape! Decorate it as you please and bring it to Crystal Mountain for race day. Location: Cheers Time: 11am Age Divisions: • 8-12 years old • 13+ years old Participants must be at least 8 years old to ride in the sled race. Helmets are required in the 8-12 age [...]

Boyne Mountain / Boyne Highland Photos
Boyne Highlands – March 29, 2015 Closing out another fantastic season on the slopes with the Boyne Highlands “Chocolate Cake” Downhill! Boyne Mountain – March 29, 2015 How do you ‪#‎SundayFunday‬? Boyne Mountain – March 28, 2015 What a beautiful day to ski and play! ‪#‎FeelFree‬ to soak up some rays and make your mark on our spectacular ‪#‎corduroy‬! Boyne Highlands [...]

Ski Michigan Photos – May, April & March 2013
Snow Photos ArchiveMarch Photos – 2013February Photos – 2013January Photos – 2013Holiday Photos – 2012Winter Storm DracoSnowmaking Photos Here’s a collection of photos from May, April and March 2013 of skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Michigan ski areas: Boyne Mountain Resort – May 4, 2013 Part one of our annual Hemlock Open. Part two, keeping it [...]

Ski Michigan Photos – January 2013
Snow Photos ArchiveMarch Photos – 2013February Photos – 2013January Photos – 2013Holiday Photos – 2012Winter Storm DracoSnowmaking Photos Here’s a collection of photos from the January 2013 of skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Michigan ski areas: Schuss Mountain – January 26, 2013 Plenty of snow and comfortable temperatures… at Schuss Mountain a happy crowd enjoyed the [...]

What’s new on Michigan’s ski slopes for 2014 – 2015 – MSIA
Coming off a cold and snowy 2013/14 winter, skiers and boarders can look forward to the coming season with plenty of places to enjoy Michigan’s snow-filled slopes and trails.  With a combined total of 51 ski areas, boasting over 260 lifts, about 1,000 runs, more than 70 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed [...]

Boyne Mountain – Thanksgiving Celebration – November 27 – December 1, 2013
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 [...]

 
 

Boyne Mountain – 2015 Hemlock Open – April 18, 2015


If you aren’t quite ready to put your race skis away but you have thought about dusting off the clubs, then we have the event for you. The Hemlock Open is a two person team competition. It consists of two runs of slalom in a dual format on North Boyne in the morning. In the afternoon, enjoy a two man scramble. Each team member’s best run is added together with their team golf score to determine the total team score.

Click Here for Hemlock Open Entry Form

Click Here for Event Waiver (Required)

Click Here for 2014 Hemlock Open Results

Fax in entry form: 231.549.6094
Attn: Dan Turcott

Mail in entry form to:
BOYNE Snowsports Marketing
1 Boyne Mountain Rd.
Boyne Falls, MI 49713
Attn: Dan Turcott

Cost: $50 per person
Must be 15 years old (or a freshman in high school) in order to participate

Schedule

  • 8 – 9am: Mandatory on-site registration – Adventure Center Office on the Village Circle Drive
  • 8:30 – 9:45am: Racer Shuttle – Village Circle Drive
  • 9 – 9:45am: Course Inspection – Slope to be determined
  • 10 – 11:30am: Ski Race – Slope to be determined
  • 11:30am – 1pm: Lunch – on your own
  • 1 – 3:30pm: Golf Scramble – Boyne Mountain Golf Shop
  • 3:30 – 4pm: Awards – Boyne Mountain Golf Shop

Scoring

  • Ski Race: The ski race will be a “dual style” course where each participant will get 2 runs and the faster of the 2 runs will be counted. Each team member’s fastest time will be combined for a team total for skiing and the combined total time will be rounded down to the nearest full seconds.
  • Golf: The golf portion of the event will be a 9 hole, 2 person scramble on holes tbd.
  • Total Score: The total score will be computed by adding the team ski race score to the team golf scramble score and the lowest total score will be declared the winning team.
  • Tiebreaker: Any ties for the top 3 spots only, will be broken using a “chip off” immediately following the golf portion of the event. The “chip off” will be conducted as follows; Both team members will get one chip from a designated area and the team whose ball rests nearest to the cup will be declared the winning team.

Food and beverage service will be available at Everett’s in the Mountain Grand Lodge throughout the day, Trophy Room beginning at 11:30am and there will also be a beverage cart on the golf course.

Best of Luck and Have a Great Time!

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Boyne Highlands – Zoo-de-Mack Bike Bash – May 16 – 17, 2015


The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.

THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (3,500 in 2011) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400′ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Arnold Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!

Entry Fee:

$60 through May 2, 2015. $75 from May 3, 2015 through May 16, 2015.  Entry fee includes the pre-ride party Friday night at the Zoo Bar at  Boyne Highlands, luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, lunch at the Legs Inn on Saturday, finish line party in Mackinaw City, round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on Arnold Ferry and post-ride parties on Saturday afternoon at The Crossing and evening parties on the island.

Weekend Schedule

Friday

  • Registration – 8pm to midnight in the Lobby below Zoo Bar
  • Kick-Off Party – 8pm to 1:30am in the Zoo Bar

Saturday

  • Registration – 7:30am to 10:30am in the lobby below The Zoo Bar
  • RIde Starts – 7:30am to 10:30am at Boyne Highlands in the Ski Area Parking Lot
  • Lunch – 10:30am to 2pm at Legs Inn
  • Post Ride Party – noon – 5pm at The Crossings in Mackinaw City

Saturday Night

  • Parties on Mackinac Island

For more information: www.zoo-de-mack.com.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 to Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Crystal Mountain – 10th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 23, 2015


Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment from Sweetwater Blues Band and The RockShow Band while sampling over 75 of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside.

Breweries and Brat Vendors Listed Below!

Time

VIP Access: 3-4pm
Beer and Brat Festival: 4-8pm

Admission

VIP Admission

• $40, includes 10 tokens
• Early entrance to festival – 3pm
• Admission includes commemorative drinking glass and t-shirt
• Only available until Friday, May 22, 2015

Day of Admission

• $30, includes 5 tokens
• Additional tokens: $2 each
• Children 2 years old and under are free
• Admission includes commemorative glass, while they last.

Buy Online and Save

Buy Admission Online and in Advance to Save
• $25, includes 5 tokens and a commemorative drinking glass

Must purchase online admission by Friday, May 22, 2015

Buy Admission Online »

Tokens

Additional tokens cost $2 each and are available for purchase during the festival.
Two Tokens: One whole brat or full glass of beer
One Token: One half brat or half glass of beer

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XC Ski Headquarters – Let it Snow Sale

We’re going crazy waiting for snow, so we’re having an impromptu Let it Snow sale! 25-50% off ALL sweaters from Woolrich, Smartwool, Dale of Norway, plus 25-50% off fleece pullovers and softshell jackets from Under Armour, Woolrich, Columbia and more.

These prices won’t last forever, so hurry over and catch us in this highly vulnerable moment!

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New Year’s Eve Celebration on Mackinac Island

Great Turtle Drop
Great Turtle Drop

New Year’s Eve Week-December 26 thru January 2

Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island from December 26, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Your Mackinac Island Holiday is made possible with special openings from six lodging facilities, two restaurants and the always open Doud’s Grocery store. Several shops also open just for this holiday. Join us Downtown at Midnight to welcome the new year with the Great Turtle Ball Drop before heading back inside to warm up and celebrate the New Year with live music. Spend your days cross country skiing, snow-showing, snowmobiling and hiking in pristine winter conditions. And spend your nights in the intimate lounges and restaurants. This New Year Holiday, Make it Mackinac.

December 31st from 2pm to 4pm head to Marquette Park for the 2nd Annual Snowball Dash. Teams compete in the snow in events like a 3-legged race, wheel barrel race and obstacle course! To participate, show up with a team or two or more to Marquette Park at 2pm.

Great Turtle Drop on New Year’s Eve

Great Turtle Drop
The Innkeepers at the Cottage Inn dreamed up the Great Turtle Drop as Mackinac Island’s version of Times Square and it was so well received that they are lighting up their turtle again this year. The drop takes place on Main Street at the Christmas Tree around midnight.

Places To Eat:

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542
Cawthorne’s Village Inn is featuring a special menu starting at 5:00pm. Reservations suggested. Drink specials all night long with a champagne toast at Midnight! Live music by Brian Thomas starting at 9:30pm.

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916
Mustang Lounge is celebrating the New Year with a special menu featuring chicken marsala, seafood fettuccine Alfredo, broiled and Parmesan crusted whitefish, beef tenderloin, herb roasted chicken and surf n turf. Prices range from $18-$35. Reservations suggested. Dance the night away with DJ Brevin from 10pm-3am

Where to Stay

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

Cottage Inn of Mackinac (906) 847-4000

Harbor Place Studio Suites (906) 847-3347

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (906) 847-6575

Mission Point Resort (906) 847-3312

Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364

Activities

New Years Day Hayride (906) 847-3542 – Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 3, 2014. $20.00 per person.

Mackinac Wheels Rentals (517) 575- 8585
Fat-tired bicycles, the latest in winter cycling, will be available for rent from Mackinac Wheels. $10 an hour or $25 all day, they will be available by appointment only call Jim at 517.575.8585

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RENTALS
Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542

January 1, 2015 New Years Day

New Years Day 5K – This fun run is not timed. Leave from Doud’s corner on foot, ski’s or even bike at 9:15am. There is no cost but donation to the Mackinac Island Rec Department is encouraged.

New Years Day Hayride (906) 847-3542 – Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 3, 2014. $20.00 per person.

Shopping

Doud’s Market - Since 1887, Doud’s Market has been nourishing Islanders and visitors. This full service grocery store offers fresh cut meats, fresh produce, bakery, deli counter, prepared meals, packaged liquor and lottery.
Christmas Eve 8am-7pm, Christmas Day 9am- 12pm, December 26-29 8am-7pm, December 30 thru January 1 8am to 11pm, January 2 resumes normal business hours of 8am-7pm

Harrisonville General Store – Groceries, beer, wine, specialty items and jewelry made by Island residents. Located up Island in the Village.

SomeWear on Mackinac – A fine boutique of ladies clothing, outerwear, scarves handbags and more. Located at the Grand Gatehouse Courtyard Shops.
December 20- 21 from 11am to 4 pm.
December 29, 30 and 31 from 11am to 4pm

Mackinac Outfitter – Mackinac Island’s favorite outfitter, providing the most popular lines of outdoor gear and clothing since 1981. We are located on Main Street across from the Shepler Ferry dock.
December 21- 24 from 1:30pm to 4 pm.
December 30 and 31st from 1:30pm to 4pm
January 1st from 10am to 12pm

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980
December 21, from 11 am to 3 pm
December 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 12pm to 4pm

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Mackinac Island Winter Services Listing
For more information on Christmas Holidays / New Year’s Eve on Mackinac Island visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Winter Page at: http://www.mackinacisland.org/event/new-years-eve-on-mackinac/

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Caberfae Peaks Snow Photos


Caberfae Peaks – March 27, 2015

With nothing but sunshine in the forecast, will these tracks be yours tomorrow?

Caberfae Peaks – March 19, 2015

Another awesome sunset tonight at the Peaks!

Caberfae Peaks – March 17, 2015

Today’s Forecast: Sunshine & a high of 34!

Caberfae Peaks – March 6, 2015

The weekend forecast looks outstanding with a high of 33 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday!

Caberfae Peaks – March 1, 2015

The snow is falling and the temps are rising!

Caberfae Peaks – February 24, 2015

The snow is coming down!

Caberfae Peaks – February 15, 2015

When the snow squeaks, you know it’s good! Another powder shot from yesterday. Bundle up and enjoy the sunshine today.

Caberfae Peaks – February 13, 2015

The snow is coming down! The NWS has a total of 6″ in the 34 hour forecast.

Caberfae Peaks – February 4, 2015

The return of some powder days: 2″ last night, 2″ today and 3″ of snow in the forecast for tonight. We missed you powder!

Caberfae Peaks – January 9, 2015

Another powder shot from this morning!

Caberfae Peaks – January 4, 2015

First tracks on South Peak today

Caberfae Peaks – December 28, 2014

The snow machines are back on!

Caberfae Peaks – December 26, 2014

The sun was trying to break through the clouds today. Better weather is coming. When it does, the snow machines will roar once again.

Caberfae Peaks – December 25, 2014

Slopes are open for night skiing and riding 7 days a week. Facebook Friday deal for Dec 26th is 1/2 price wax & sharpens in our Demo Center & Tune Shop.

Caberfae Peaks – December 18, 2014

Incredible sunset tonight! Facebook Friday Deal for Dec 19th: $14 lift and $14 rental. Like us on FB and get the deal. Slopes open 10a to 9p tomorrow.

Caberfae Peaks – December 17, 2014

The fog has lifted and the snow has fallen. We welcome back winter with 1″ of new snow overnight and a favorable forecast for the rest of the week. Slopes are open today from 10am to 5pm.

Caberfae Peaks – December 11, 2014

Slopes open tomorrow for the season and will be open 10 am to 9 pm on Friday and 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Snowmaking is progressing and the Darkside will open this weekend!

Caberfae Peaks – December 4, 2014

This just in: we are planning to open South Peak this Saturday, which will mark the earliest opening ever! First chair anyone?

Caberfae Peaks – December 2, 2014

Photo was taken earlier today. Who can name the ski trail these guns are blowing snow on?

Caberfae Peaks – November 28, 2014

A great day on the slopes today. Photo taken from the top of North Peak.

Caberfae Peaks – November 25, 2014

Winter weather has returned with 5″ overnight and 2″ in today’s forecast. Slopes will reopen this Friday at 10 am.

Caberfae Peaks – November 22, 2014

First chair: congrats to Ryan, Mike, Cody & Shawn!

Caberfae Peaks – November 16, 2014

Photo as of 3 pm today: It looks like the middle of winter at Caberfae with over 6″ of natural snow today, along with some ideal early season snowmaking conditions. Who will be here on opening day?

Caberfae Peaks – November 14, 2014

After a brief hiatus due to some warmer temps this afternoon, the snow makers are back to work!

Caberfae Peaks – November 14, 2014

The snowmaking crew is hard at work. It is looking like an opening day of Saturday, Nov 22nd. The forecast looks great for making snow through the weekend and into next week!

Caberfae Peaks – November 13, 2014

The snow machines are still roaring tonight & season passes were mailed out earlier today. Ski & snowboard season is almost here!

Caberfae Peaks – October 31, 2014

First snowfall of the season! Last day to get your season pass: http://store.caberfaepeaks.com/#passes

Caberfae Peaks – October 29, 2014

Getting the snow guns ready to go. Are you ready? Only 3 more days to get your season pass before the price goes up.

 

 

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2013 /2014 Photos


Caberfae Peaks – March 30, 2014

Nothing but blue sky today at the Peaks. Enjoy the spring skiing and riding!

Caberfae Peaks – March 22, 2014

A shot from the Big Air contest today at Caberfae.

Caberfae Peaks – March 22, 2014

Some loyal guests enjoying the carnival today.

Caberfae Peaks – March 16, 2014

Congrats to Marissa VanAlst & Keenan Cooper, the 2014 Caberfae Gold Cup winners

Caberfae Peaks – March 7, 2014

Another blue sky morning today. Mostly sunny Saturday & Sunday this weekend

Caberfae Peaks – March 5, 2014

The sun sets on another great day at the ‘fae, and will be back tomorrow. Will you?

Caberfae Peaks – February 16, 2014

After sunshine all day yesterday, we received at least 2″ of snow overnight & we have another 3″ in tomorrow’s forecast. Life is good.

Caberfae Peaks – February 11, 2014

The sun sets on another great day at Caberfae.

Caberfae Peaks – February 10, 2014

The snow coming down yesterday at the Peaks. Who will be hitting the slopes this coming weekend?

Caberfae Peaks – February 1, 2014

The sunshine was out yesterday afternoon at the Peaks. However, we have 2″ to 4″ of more snow in today’s forecast.

Caberfae Peaks – January 31, 2014

45″ of snow in the last 17 days & 3″ more in tomorrow’s forecast!

Caberfae Peaks – January 25, 2014

Powder Day! Photo taken of a local skier enjoying the Backcountry.

Caberfae Peaks – January 16, 2014

The snow is coming down! Photo taken at 5 pm on South Peak.

Caberfae Peaks – January 12, 2014

Beautiful sunny day at the Peaks!

Caberfae Peaks – January 9, 2014

Another photo from Thursday’s sunset. Awesome! After some adverse weather last night and this morning, it is now snowing at Caberfae Peaks.

Caberfae Peaks – January 1, 2014

Carving up Bullet today. It’s cold, but the conditions are good!

Caberfae Peaks – December 19, 2013

There is 1″ to 3″ in tonight’s forecast, and tomorrow is our once-a-month College Day at the Peaks. Put down your books and grab your boards!

Caberfae Peaks – December 10, 2013

White out on South Peak. Winter Weather Advisory has been in effect all day and the snow is coming down!

Caberfae Peaks – November 29, 2013

First chair of the season!

Caberfae Peaks – November 27, 2013
The temps dropped once again this afternoon and the snowmaking crew got right after it. Based on the forecast, it looks like we will be able to make snow around the clock right up until we open.

Caberfae Peaks – November 24, 2013

The snow has really started to pile up! We also received 5″ of natural snow overnight.

Caberfae Peaks – November 23, 2013

The snowmaking crew is hard at work building up our base. As a result, the slopes will be open on November 29th, 30th & Dec 1st from 10 am until 4:30 pm.

November 12, 2013

 
 
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