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Boyne Snowmaking: Making Winter When Mother Nature Fails
Sure, Mother Nature can make beautiful stuff. She’ll wow you when you wake up to a lovely few inches of glittering flakes as rare and precious as diamonds. But Mother Nature is an unpredictable and sometimes temperamental creature. She’ll tease you and taunt you with a mid-October four inches of surprise powder that will urge you [...]

Boyne Highlands – This Saturday and Sunday the Heather Express Lift will be spinning from 9am-4:30pm
Here we go again! This Saturday and Sunday the Heather Express Lift will be spinning from 9am-4:30pm giving access to Heather run. You can purchase lift tickets at the front desk in the Main Lodge or the rental desk in the Day Lodge for only $35. Crews are working hard to combat the warmer temperatures [...]

Boyne Mountain – Our new target opening date is Friday, December 9
Due to warmer temperatures this week, we will not be able to reopen for December 2 as originally planned. With colder temperatures and lots of snow in the forecast for mid to late next week, our new target opening date is Friday, December 9. With these cold temperatures, our snowmaking crew will be ready to [...]

The Homestead – 2016 – 17 Season Ski Passes
Our best values. All winter long. The swish of your skis on the snow. The cold air on your face. You were worried about something earlier, but now you just can’t remember what it was. This is freedom. This is relaxation. This is yours, all winter long, and whenever you want it. With our resort’s season passes, you [...]

Fourth & Fifth Graders Ski Free with MSIA Cold is Cool Passport!
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 4th and 5th grader the opportunity to ski for free. Students can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport [...]

Winter 2016 – 2017: What’s New At Boyne Mountain
Boyne Mountain is getting bigger this winter with the addition of two new retail stores and a new activity fort for kids.  The resort is also offering expanded night skiing terrain, a fully renovated salon, new snowshoe supper, and the delivery of provisions for the 2016/17 winter season. Gear Up with New Stores in the Village [...]

Winter 2016 – 2017: What’s New At Boyne Highlands
Michigan’s largest ski resort, Boyne Highlands, is offering new experiences for the 2016/17 winter season including nighttime cross country skiing and snowshoe dinners, as well as an expanded Tubing Park, Rossignol snowboard demos, and a new program director for the resort’s children ski instruction and coaching program. On The Trails and Slopes Enjoy solitude on the trails [...]

New Chairlift At Caberfae Peaks For the 2016-17 Ski Season
We are proud to announce the installation of highest chairlift in Northern Michigan! A brand new Doppelmayr, triple chair is currently being installed for the 2016/2017 season. The new chairlift will have a top elevation of 1561′ and will provide an incredible 360 degree view of the surrounding Manistee National Forest. The new fixed-grip triple chairlift [...]

Caberfae Peaks – Season Passes – 2016-17
Ski & snowboard SEASON PASSES are now on sale for the 2016/2017 season.  Passes are once again only $99 and the early season sale ends August 31st. -$99 WEEKEND PASS – valid Saturdays & Sundays -$99 MIDWEEK PASS – valid Monday through Friday -$198 PEAK PASS – valid 7 days a week Purchase your pass in our ONLINE STORE. 2016/2017 [...]

Crystal Mountain – 2016-17 Season Passes
2016-17 Season Passes Buy the 4-Pak now and ski or ride 4 full days this winter at only $199. There are no restrictions or blackout dates. Make a long weekend out of it, use them separately or bring 3 friends and use them all at once. Limited quantity, buy now before they’re gone! 4-Pak Buy the 4-Pak now [...]

2016/17 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 [...]

White Gold Card – Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 35 areas for just $269
The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced a card that allows the holder to ski at 35 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 2016/2017 ski season. In addition [...]

MSIA – Discover Michigan Skiing – January 2017
[ January 6, 2017 to January 31, 2017. ] During January, ski areas across the state team up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Discover Michigan Skiing includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass all for just: Cross-country skiing for $20   •   [...]

 
 

Boyne Snowmaking: Making Winter When Mother Nature Fails

Boyne Snowmaking

Sure, Mother Nature can make beautiful stuff.

She’ll wow you when you wake up to a lovely few inches of glittering flakes as rare and precious as diamonds. But Mother Nature is an unpredictable and sometimes temperamental creature. She’ll tease you and taunt you with a mid-October four inches of surprise powder that will urge you to trade your shorts and t-shirts for snow scrapers and ice melt. And then she’ll follow up with a November that feels a little more like a June, leaving you sweating in your preemptively-donned snowsuit.

But, when Mother Nature fails to provide, it is mankind that steps in.

Man, coupled with machine, tames and harnesses Mother Nature’s processes to create winter. He utilizes the same raw ingredients as Mother Nature–water, air, and energy–to produce a winter that he can rely on. After years of growing frustration with Mother Nature’s untimeliness, a tool was invented to control what no man previously could.

Invented in 1950, the snow cannon could blast a mid-February sized supply of man-made snow. Soon after, Boyne Mountain began experimenting with the snowmaking process, even patenting their own Boyne Snowmaker which was six times more energy-efficient than most systems. While other snow guns could make snow at 28°F degrees, Boyne could make snow at 30°F.

Like mathematicians correcting a difficult equation, the Boyne Mountain Snowmaking Crew has perfected the process of snowmaking over many years to reach more complex, precise and efficient capacities. Boyne recently unveiled a new and improved snow gun called the Boyne Low-E Fan, which makes better snow, is easier and less expensive to use, and makes more snow faster with little water wasted in the process. The crew starts the process with a reservoir of water which is then forced through a pipeline up the mountain. The water is allotted to a series of valves and pipes to the areas where snow is needed.

Next, the Boyne Mountain crew adds air. In the old days, Boyne added air to their snow guns with a huge, military-grade compressor, affectionately known as “Big Bertha,” that could be heard all over Boyne City. However, today the Boyne Low-E Fan Guns take air from twin screw style compressors which save energy and completes the perfect formula at a much quieter level. Now that the process is complete, the Boyne Mountain Snowmaking Crew steps back to let the magic happen. Heavy duty snow flies through the air and falls to the ground, piling up on those dainty little flakes that Mother Nature left.

While Mother Nature can gift us with unique, magical flecks that float down from the sky, she does not always supply enough to feed the hunger for hefty loads of snow that winter-lovers require. It is then that the Boyne Mountain crew steps in heroically to rescue the season. Thank you, Boyne Mountain Snowmaking Crew!

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Snowmaking at Boyne Mountain – Photos – 2016

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Still crankin'!

They are still making snow at Boyne Mountain Resort... #snowmaking #boynemountainsnowmaking

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Snowmaking at Boyne Highlands – Photos – 2016

Ski Michigan shared Boyne Highlands Resort's video.

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As we anxiously await Thanksgiving Day and the first turns of the season, we take a look back at the hard work that got us here. Thank you to all our team members who made this happen. #HappyThanksgiving #Seeyouontheslopes

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Boyne Highlands – This Saturday and Sunday the Heather Express Lift will be spinning from 9am-4:30pm

Here we go again! This Saturday and Sunday the Heather Express Lift will be spinning from 9am-4:30pm giving access to Heather run. You can purchase lift tickets at the front desk in the Main Lodge or the rental desk in the Day Lodge for only $35. Crews are working hard to combat the warmer temperatures Mother Nature has been dishing out and so far we are doing good.

We are still waiting for colder weather to start making snow again but when it happens we will be ready. The long term forecast for next weekend is showing snow and snowmaking temperatures which has us very excited! Keep an eye on the weather and think cold!

While preparing to come visit us be sure to purchase your lift tickets online to take advantage of the savings! Be sure to check out our event calendar for all our traditional annual events and new ones, like the Snowshoe Dinners.

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If you have been keeping an eye on our live webcams you are seeing what was green is now white! The weather forecast is calling for up to 3 inches of snowfall tonight and more coming later this week. #Bringit ... See MoreSee Less

Your chance for more early season turns is this Saturday and Sunday! The Heather Express lift will be spinning from 9am-4:30pm giving access  to Heather run. Lift tickets are only $35!

Your chance for more early season turns is this Saturday and Sunday! The Heather Express lift will be spinning from 9am-4:30pm giving access to Heather run. Lift tickets are only $35! ... See MoreSee Less

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Aarin AndersonHow many runs are open for the weekend?

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BOYNE Gold and Silver Season Pass holders: Today is the last day to purchase the M.A.X. Pass Add-On for $349. Don't miss your chance at skiing or riding on 37 additional mountains!
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Take your winter up a notch with #TheMAXPass! BOYNE Gold and Silver Season Pass holders can add it on for $349 to hit 37 more mountains nation wide. bit.ly/2fumtlN

First tracks are made! What are you waiting for? Come join us!

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B Michael BoydWill you be open this weekend the 3rd An 4th?

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As we anxiously await Thanksgiving Day and the first turns of the season, we take a look back at the hard work that got us here. Thank you to all our team members who made this happen. #HappyThanksgiving #Seeyouontheslopes ... See MoreSee Less

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Boyne Highlands – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Boyne Highlands via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to Boyne Highlands, choose “Boyne Highlands Resort” as your location and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.
 

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Boyne Mountain – Our new target opening date is Friday, December 9

Due to warmer temperatures this week, we will not be able to reopen for December 2 as originally planned. With colder temperatures and lots of snow in the forecast for mid to late next week, our new target opening date is Friday, December 9. With these cold temperatures, our snowmaking crew will be ready to fire up the Low-E Fan guns at every opportunity to get the slopes ready for you! Looking at the predicted lake effect snow, it appears winter will arrive very soon–this time, for good. Stay tuned for updates on our reopening date on our social media pages and here on our conditions report.

The long term forecast still holds a colder than average winter with plenty of snow, so be sure to buy your lift tickets for the season soon!

For easy, one stop holiday shopping, be sure to check out our BOYNE Gift Cards. They’re perfect for anyone on your nice list and can be used at any BOYNE outlet, whether at Boyne Country Sports, The Spa at Boyne Mountain, or on lift tickets, lodging, and more!

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Boyne Mountain – Photos – 2016

Below are the latest photos from the Boyne Mountain Resort Page On Facebook.

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Cant spot the mitten? Dont worry, its just hiding behind ALL THAT SNOW!

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Congratulations to Boyne prodigy and Olympian snowboarder, Karly Shorr, on taking 4th in the Big Air Freestyle Festival!

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Two is always better than one, especially when it comes to Michigans largest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay!
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Chris VallimI Love this place!

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Laura HeinWe will be there in about a month 🏂🎿⛷

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Dave EddyLet it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

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Suzanne Sayloryaaaaahhhh!

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Tim GillesOh boy, this is gonna be great!

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Debbie Mills Mikek GoetzingerBe there in January.

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Amanda RappuhnCan't wait for 6 for 1!!

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Stephen McBeeCan't wait to start making snow again.

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Marlene WeberYeah!!!!

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Boyne Mountain – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Boyne Mountain via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to Boyne Mountain, choose “Boyne Mountain Resort” as your location and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.
 

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