Boyne Mountain Resort in Michigan is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Boyne Mountain Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLocated in Boyne Falls, Michigan, Boyne Mountain Resort is a family-friendly destination that offers skiing as well as a wide range of other winter activities. The Traverse Cherry Capital Airport is about 1 1/2 hours from the resort. The resort is an all-season vacation spot, but boasts a wealth of wintertime fun and recreation. Guests can return throughout the season for special events, held often during the winter months.
The MountainThere are two mountains at Boyne Mountain Resort: Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain. The two see an average yearly snowfall of 140 inches with snowmaking abilities, offering skiers powdery conditions for most of the season. The North Peak Pass and the Cold Springs trail are each about one mile long. Boyne Highlands has a vertical drop of 552 feet and Boyne Mountain has a vertical drop of 500 feet. The resort is open year-round, but the ski trails are open during the winter months -- typically November through April.
Trails And LiftsWith a combined 115 trails, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain have something for all ages and skill levels. On Boyne Highlands, trails are divided almost evenly among green beginner trails, blue intermediate trails and black expert trails. On Boyne Mountain, skiers find a larger number of intermediate trails and fewer beginner and expert trails. Skiers can reach the top of Boyne Highlands on one of eight lifts or the top of Boyne Mountain by way of 10 lifts. Between the two mountains, freestyle skiers and boarders find eight terrain parks that put their skills to the test.
In The NewsNorth Face hosts Boyne Mountain Resort's Rail Jam, an event for skiers and snowboarders who enjoy grinding rails. The annual Chef's Challenge, held at Boyne Mountain in April, features Michigan's best chefs. Appetizers, dinner and drinks are served as well as several seminars and exhibits following a high school cooking competition. Boyne Mountain's annual 6-for-1 day pays homage to the first six-person lift at the site. During this event, six lift tickets are available for the price of one.
CostA basic weekday lift ticket at Boyne Mountain Resort costs $52 for adults, $47 for teens and seniors and $41 for children ages 9 through 12. Children ages 8 and younger ski free. Season passes range in price from $319 to $859, depending on the level of the pass and the age of the skier. Many types of lessons are available at the Boyne SnowSports Academy for a variety of skill levels and age groups. Cost depends on the type of lesson and its duration. Equipment rental ranges in price from $6 to $130, depending on the gear needed and the length of the rental.
Apres-SkiBoyne Mountain Resort offers a wealth of apres-ski activities. Hotel rooms, chalets and themed rooms are available for overnight guests. With a variety of lounges, bars and restaurants located on-site, skiers can choose among several styles of cuisine and price ranges. Shopping, ice-skating and an arcade are available on-site. Solace Spa offers several relaxation and rejuvenation packages to soothe skiers after a day on the slopes.
WATCH: Boyne Mountain Resort
Skiers and snowboarders enjoy the BlueGreen Mountain Run at Boyne Mountain Resort.