This ski resort has numerous winter activities to keep families entertained off the slopes, as well.
Ice skating, snow tubing, and more than 15 miles of cross-country skiing trails are offered here, alongside the four terrain parks for all abilities.
Boyne Highlands has 435 skiable acres with 55 runs, and a summit elevation of 1,325 ft. and a vertical drop of 552 feet. The eight lifts – two chairlifts, two magic carpet conveyor lifts and one high-speed four-seat lift – access terrain that is 37 percent beginner, 29 percent intermediate and 34 percent expert. The longest run is the 1.25-mile North Peak Pass. The resort gets about 140 inches of snowfall annually and also boasts the best snowmaking equipment in the mid-west, with snowmaking covering 400 acres of the resort. The resort has night skiing, with 150 acres available after 4 p.m. The resort also offers snow biking, tubing, ice skating and a winter zipline.
The resort has a ski and snowboard rental shop at the resort base that also does tuning. Other rental shops include Bahnhof Sport in nearby Petoskey. Boyne Highlands is an Ikon Pass destination. Highlands has a Polar Cubs day care center for ages two months and up. The resort does have slopeside dining and lodging.
The season generally runs from just before Thanksgiving through to the beginning of April, depending on conditions. Some note the best time to ski here is in mid-February, when powder is plentiful, keeping in mind that weekends and holidays will bring more crowding on the slopes and higher prices.
Lift tickets for Boyne Highlands are available online and at the window. However, the resort is operating at a reduced capacity for the 2020/21 season, so we recommend reserving lift tickets online in advance to ensure availability.
Adult (18–69) Full-day adult lift tickets at Boyne Highlands range from $85 during the week and $105 on Saturdays. Night skiing is also available on select days from 5 pm to 9 pm. Nighttime adult lift tickets cost around $55.
Senior (70+) Senior citizens can ski Boyne Highlands at a discounted rate. Expect to pay around $75 on weekdays and around $89 on weekends. Night skiing lift tickets cost $40.
Youth (6–17) Boyne Highlands’ full-day lift tickets for kids and teens can run from $65 to $79, depending on the day of the week. Night skiing tickets are available for $35.
If you are not also looking to ski Boyne Mountain, consider getting a Happiness Card. The Happiness Card can be pre-loaded with your lift tickets, allowing you to skip any lines and head straight for the slopes. Boyne Highlands also offers a March Pass, granting unlimited access to the mountain from the beginning of March through the end of the season.
There is a Ski & Snowboard School offering private and group lessons for kids and adults, as well as season-long camps and workshops. There is also a training program for the Highland Race Team and workshops for more experienced skiers and snowboarders.
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From charming cottages to larger townhomes, Boyne Highlands has options to suit most groups and budgets. Boasting the largest hot tub in the midwest, Bartley House is a classic Michigan lodge with ski-in/ski-out access and is pet friendly. Nearby is the Main Lodge, an ivy-covered English country estate with views to the slopes, with a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, on-site dining and regular entertainment in the Slopeside Lounge bar is also ski-in/ski-out accessible. The lodge also has a limited number of pet-friendly rooms. For larger groups, the Arthur Hills Townhomes are located a short drive from the resort and have two-bedroom condos with full kitchens and a fireplace in each unit, all with free WiFi ( www.boynehighlands.com ).
From food courts for a snack to moonlit dining, Boyne Highlands has plenty to choose from. The Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner begins with a sleigh ride from the Main Lodge lobby to the North Peak, where guests are treated to a bonfire and white linen service with a three-course meal overlooking the Mackinaw Bridge. For a simpler dinner of waffle fries with cheese curds or spiced pretzel bites and tacos carnitos, head over to the Zoo Bar in the Day Lodge, where guests come to enjoy some apres ski drinks and dancing to live music. For on-mountain lunch options, try the North Peak at the top of the Highlands’ highest slopes, where a glass of wine or cappuccino can be enjoyed from a deck with a spectacular view of the landscape ( www.boynehighlands.com ).
By air, Boyne Highlands does have the Harbor Springs Airport nearby, though most guests would likely fly into Pellston Regional or Traverse City Cherry Capital. Both Pellston and Cherry Capital have regular shuttle service to Boyne Highlands and a car rental counter.
By car, Boyne Highlands is about 20 minutes from Pellston and an hour and a half from Traverse City. Detroit is approximately four hours from Boyne Highlands.
Once here, there is a free ski shuttle that transports guests from accommodation to the resort base. Harbor Springs also has a taxi service.