Boyne Mountain in Michigan hosts its annual Carnival Weekend, March 19-21. Belated Mardi Gras and St. Patty’s Day celebrations combine with a few (or more than a few) choice beverages for quite an on-hill party. The resort does not run its usual on-hill beverage outlets, so frugal guests can make it a BYOB festival. Wise party-goers can also take advantage of the Quickie Cabs ready and waiting to provide safe rides home.
The festivities include fun races, outdoor cookouts, an adult costume contest and live music into the wee hours of the morning. The weekend culminates with the Slush Cup pond-skimming spring ritual at noon on Sunday.
Perhaps the best-known destination ski area in the Midwest, Boyne Mountain is located 250 miles from Detroit, 340 miles from Chicago, and 405 miles from Cleveland.
Boyne Mountain Carnival Weekend Schedule
Friday, March 19
*Skiing/snowboarding, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
*Outside Cookout & Bar, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eriksen’s Patio
*Mac Daddy performs in the Snowflake Lounge 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 20
*Skiing/snowboarding, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*Outside Cookout & Bar, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eriksen’s Patio
*On-hill party at the Victor Halfway House with Dave Faulkner 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Adult Costume Party at the Victor Halfway House 2:30 p.m., prizes include a 2010-11 BOYNE Gold season pass and gift cards
*Mac Daddy performs in the Civic Center 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
*Twisted Finster (and the KLT gang) perform in the Civic Center 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 21
*Ericksen’s Buffet Breakfast served 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Clock Tower lodge
*Slush Cup at noon near the bottom of North McClouth, registration takes place on-hill prior to the event
(Photo courtesy of BOYNE)