A small, family-friendly ski resort 250 miles north of Detroit that first opened its slopes in 1948, Boyne Mountain has seven terrain parks and 60 trails over 415 skiable acres, a quaint Bavarian-style village and a number of winter activities like tubing and ice skating in the town center, as well as the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, which has an adjacent water park.
Boyne Mountain gets about 140 inches of snowfall annually, with snowmaking covering 90 percent of the resort. The summit elevation here is 1,120 ft. with a vertical drop of 500 ft. There is night skiing offered at Boyne Mountain on 200 acres, as well as a tubing park, snow biking, ice skating, winter horseback riding and sleigh rides, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, which has its own 15-plus miles of trails. Guests are also close to the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, which is a bonus for those wanting to soak sore muscles after a day on the slopes.
Boyne Mountain has a Ski & Snowboard School that offers private and group lessons for kids and adults, as well as season-long packages and camps for first-timers. The resort has a ski and snowboard rental shop. There is also an express rental option that requires 48 hours notice, with pickup locations at Boyne County Sports locations in Traverse City, Bloomfield Hills or Novi. Boyne Mountain is an Ikon Pass destination. There is slopeside dining and lodging at Boyne Mountain.
The season generally runs from mid-November through to May, depending on conditions. The best time to ski here is usually in mid-February, when the powder is fresh and deep.
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From the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa to smaller, more budget-friendly lodging, there is accommodation to suit most budgets at Boyne Mountain.
Connected to the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa has 220 hotel rooms and a number of one to three-bedroom suites. The Lodge also has a fitness center as well as access to the waterpark with indoor and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs. At the base of the ski area with ski-in/ski-out access, the Clock Tower Lodge has views to both the ski area and the ice skating rink, near shops and restaurants. Near the Alpine chairlift, Mountain Cabins each have a full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace with a private hot tub on the decks, in a lighted wooded area, also with ski-in/ski-out access ( www.boynemountain.com ).
From quick bites to seafood and pasta, there is a number of dining options at Boyne Mountain. Located inside the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, Everett’s has everything from steak and salmon to burgers and salads, with menu options like seared Scottish Salmon, ravioli and roasted chicken or barbecue baby back ribs. For pizza and wine, stop in at Trophy Room Pub and Pizzaria for a meatball grinder, make-you-own pizza or baked ravioli, with house-made garlic breadsticks, all within the Clock Tower Lodge near the ski area base. For live entertainment in the village, try the Forty Acres Tavern for local beers on tap, alongside items like grilled rib eye, smoked brisket or black bean burgers ( www.boynemountain.com ).
By air, the closest airport is the Boyne Mountain Airport, though this is for private planes only. The Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City has direct flights via Delta Airlines, United Express and American Airlines to and from 750 domestic and international cities. There are shuttle options and car rental counters at the Cherry Capital Airport.
By car, Boyne Mountain is an hour and a half from Traverse City and just under four hours from Detroit. Once at Boyne Mountain there is a free ski shuttle service to transport guests from accommodation to the base. Some lodging also offer complimentary shuttles. There are taxi companies that operate in the Boyne Mountain area as well.