There may not be any snow here in southern part of the state, but in upper Michigan, skiing is underway at Boyne Highlands Resort of Harbor Springs.
With the cold temperatures the state has been experiencing, snow making efforts at Boyne have been underway since the beginning of the week and as of Wednesday night, there was a 16-20 inch base waiting for skiers to try out. Skiing officially opened on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Highlands and at Boyne Mountain, located in Boyne Mi., limited skiing will be ready to go on Friday, Nov. 30, with the slopes set to open at 9:30 a.m.
There has also been a few inches of natural snow to coming down and over the next 72-hours, the National Weather Service is calling for up to four inches more. But with more natural snow or not, the cold night time temperatures have kept the snow guns going strong.
“The efficiency, quantity and quality of snow that our Boyne Low-E fan guns produce is what enables us to open early each season,” said Brad Keen, president and general manager of Boyne Highlands Resort. “We’re always eager and excited to welcome guests back to the slopes as soon as possible and with the best conditions.
With the snow guns running, the resort has opened the Heather Slope, which is being served by the high speed Heather Express quad lift. New to the Boyne website is a very neat interactive online map that shows all of the trails along with detailed information for each mountain.
With the lack of snow last season, many resorts in the state have taken the precaution of beefing up the snow making capacity on the slopes. At Boyne Highlands, there are 40 additional high efficiency “Boyne Low-E fan guns” allowing the resort for the fourth year in a row, to be the first to open in Upper Michigan. In total over 250 snow guns are being used at the Boyne Resorts in getting the slopes ready for skiers.
Along with the new snow guns, Boyne is working to bring younger snowboarders to the sport with the opening of the Burton Riglet Parks, which are designed to offer boarders from 3 to 6-years-old the chance to glide on the white stuff. Unlike other snowboard parks, Burton Riglet Parks are designed to mimic the looks and appeal of a children’s playground.
As always, there are new and added attractions at both Boyne Highlands and at Boyne Mountain which makes each season special for skiers from new ski parks for boarders and better runs for the skiers, to much calmer pursuits like sleigh rides to snowshoeing or skating.
More information on both of the Boyne Resorts can be found at the Boyne website where there is a complete listing of current conditions and weather, which runs and lifts are open and information on accommodations and other amenities at the resorts. The site also offers an interactive map to guide you to either of the Boyne Resorts.
For those who would like to talk to a live person, call Boyne Highlands at (231) 526-3000 and Boyne Mountain at (231) 549-6000.
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