BOYNE FALLS, MICH.- At Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan’s two largest ski areas with a combined 850 skiable acres, 115 trails, highest vertical and longest runs, the 2011-12 season brings numerous improvements including new groomers and snow guns, an extensive hotel renovation, a fleet of cutting-edge rental skis and terrain park enhancements. In addition, Boyne Mountain is rolling out a new in-room recycling program and Boyne Highlands expands upon its racing program.
The Midwest’s best snow is not just a pledge, it’s a guarantee. This season, Boyne Mountain adds another 20 Boyne Low-E snowguns to its snowmaking arsenal. The Low-E guns feature proprietary technology exclusive to Boyne Resorts that maximizes snow output, especially at marginal temperatures, with less compressed air. The snow guns create a lighter, more natural snow and are up to 40% more efficient than standard models. Boyne Highlands has added on-board air compressors to six Low-E snow guns, enabling greater placement options and versatility in snowmaking. Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain each purchased a brand new PistenBully groomer, together valued at half a million dollars. The new snow cats will help convert fresh snow to smooth corduroy and will groom all surfaces, including within the resorts eight terrain parks. Boyne Mountain intends to use the additional Boyne Low-E snow guns to deliver the fire power needed to open the Meadows Park as early in the season as possible. The Meadows area is also being expanded to become the largest park at the resort by moving all terrain park feature from North Boyne. Additional lighting is also being added to the park which is expected to enhance the riding within the terrain park.
Enhancements include Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain’s purchase of 400 new pairs of HEAD LINK skis to be available for guest use from equipment rental. The progressive skis feature MultiRadius and MultiCamber construction and are shaped with an early rise in tip and tail making it easier for skiers to initiate and hold through turns.
For those guests looking for upgraded accommodations, Boyne Mountain’s Clock Tower Lodge, situated at the base of the slopes with convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodations, is undergoing an extensive renovation expected to be complete by the start of the 2011-12 winter season. The half million dollar modernization includes a complete remodel of the hotel rooms and suites including new pine furnishings, lighting, décor and fixtures throughout, as well as fresh paint, and redesigned and upgraded bathrooms. The renovation also includes all hallways and common areas. The décor carries out and accentuates the resort’s Swiss-Austrian theme.
Guests of Boyne Mountain Resort’s lodging this winter will have the option of “going green” by using their in-room recycling receptacle. Improvements include a recycling receptacle in each of Boyne Mountain’s 418 guest rooms, suites, condos and cabins allows guests to responsibly dispose of aluminum, plastic, glass and paper to be sorted and recycled by the resort. Boyne Mountain also recycles materials used in daily operations including cardboard, batteries, motor oil, scrap iron and metal. Earlier this year, Boyne Mountain received the 2010 Recycler of the Year business award from Charlevoix County and takes great pride as ambassadors for the environment. Additional green initiatives include an energy management system in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa to improve efficiency in heating, cooling and electricity consumption, compact fluorescent lighting, low-flow showerheads and faucets, and an ozone laundry system that reduces the use of chemical disinfectant. In 2009, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands achieved Green Lodging Michigan’s Leader status, the highest level of certification from the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG), and both resorts operate eco-friendly cafeterias.
For the competitive guest, Boyne Highlands is adding to the competitive series with Friday night racing. Beyond hosting Thursday race league, the new Friday racing will take place on South Challenger, which provides a steeper pitch for the more aggressive skier. Boyne Mountain also hosts a race league on Wednesday nights.
The BOYNE experience offers snowsports on two mountains, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort. Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable, providing the best value in the state. Early purchase discounts on season passes are available through October 11, 2011. Pre-season lift and lodging packages are available for a limited time from $85 per person. For reservations, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963). For park updates, conditions and photos, visit rideBOYNE.com.