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Winter 2018 – 2019: What’s New At Boyne Mountain


The 2018/19 season at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Mich. brings a new PistenBully 600 Polar cat, enhancements to snowmaking capabilities, improvements on the slopes, new HVAC system to the iconic Clock Tower Lodge, a new WINTERSTEIGER tuning machine, Terrain Based LearningTM at the SnowSports Academy, sixty additional lockers, participation in the Ikon Pass, and online sales to Avalanche Bay.

On The Slopes

Boyne Mountain is adding to its fleet of snow cats with a new PistenBully 600 Polar, the only one on the slopes for the up-coming season in Michigan and one of only two in the Midwest.  With tracks for every grooming job, clean performance and maximum economy, the PistenBully 600 Polar creates the ultimate groomed surface for optimal skiing and riding conditions.   Boyne Mountain has also added 1,000 feet of 12″ new ductile iron pipe on Ramshead increasing volume and snowmaking infrastructure.   Around the Resort New LED trail signage will grace the base and top of the Mountain Express lift for improved communication of trail and lift openings and closures.  Guests can also find this information synced with the resort’s website – boynemountain.com – as well as the resort channel viewed in resort accommodations.   On the cross country trails, new wayfinding trail signage has been added providing guidance for cross country skiers, snowshoers, and fat tire snow bikers.   The Clock Tower Lodge also has a new HVAC system.

New Mercury WINTERSTEIGER Machine Comes to Boyne Country Sports at Boyne Mountain

Whether race, carver, all terrain, or rocker, the Mercury WINTERSTEIGER’s automated service station allows the tuning to perfection of up to 30 pairs of skis and snowboards every hour.  A full tune costs $49.99.

SnowSports Academy Introduces Terrain Based LearningTM and Season Passholder Clinics

This winter, the Boyne Mountain SnowSports Academy’s learning area will become the ‘GO ZONE’ with emphasis on Terrain Based LearningTM.  Founded by Snow Operating, Terrain Based LearningTM.  has won industry awards for this innovative program, which focuses on a fun-first approach to the on-snow experience and utilizes shaped snow.  First time skiers and snowboarders can learn on features that include a mini-pipe, roller, banked turns, and the perfect slope.   Also new this season are Season Passholder Clinics taking place once a month on Saturday mornings beginning in December.  The clinics are free to all passholders and areas of focus and dates will be announced on boynemountain.com.  Reservations are required by calling 231.549.6056.

60 New Lockers Being Added

Boyne Mountain is adding 60 new lockers that can accommodate up to six sets of gear each to the Boyne Country Sports building.  The lockers will be available for rent on a seasonal and daily basis.  Included with the fee, guests will also receive valet parking on weekends and evenings, a special rate on full tune-ups for gear, and beverage service with hot chocolate and coffee.  Call 231.549.6080 for early season pricing.

Boyne Mountain Participates with the Ikon Pass

The new standard in season passes, the Ikon Pass connects the most iconic mountains across North America and Australia delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. Launched in January 2018, it is a collaboration of industry leaders – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and Thredbo. For the 2018/19 season, Boyne Mountain along with sister resort Boyne Highlands, will offer seven days each on the Ikon Pass and five days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates.  For more information, visit ikonpass.com.

Online Ticket Sales for Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Avalanche Bay, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark measuring 88,000 square feet, is now selling day passes online at avalanchebay.com.  The park offers 11 rides, slides and pools, as well as two eateries, an Arcade, and Fritz’s Snow Fort with daily activities for ages 12 and under. For lodging reservations or resort information, visit boynemountain.com or call 866.759.1472.  Located in Boyne Falls, Michigan, Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948.  The family-owned, four-season resort has earned TripAdvisorCertificates of Excellence, been named among the Top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers, recognized as a Top 10 Indoor Waterpark by Budget Travel and is a Spa Magazine Readers’ Choice Favorite.  Boyne Mountain offers 60 runs on 415 skiable acres, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark featuring The Big Couloir extreme body slide, The Spa, Zipline Adventures, two golf courses, disc golf, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids’ programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities and real estate.  Boyne Mountain is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

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