Ignore the Vertical Claim

by: tjkotula - May 31, 2013

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Some Decent Runs, Long Lazy Cruisers

    Cons: Lots of Flat Spots, Not Much Challenge

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2013

Full review

Despite having almost another 100' of vertical on Boyne Mtn., it's the wimpier of the two resorts. Much of the vertical was long-ago sculpted into big, wide, barely-intermediate runs, and cat tracks through the trees. There's a couple of steep groomers - South Challenge is my personal favorite, along with Olympic. The Highlands' signature double black run, The Dark Side, is probably the only slope that might throw a curveball at an average skier, as they let the bumps build up pretty big, making it one of the more notable mogul fields and proving grounds in the state.

Their "North Face" area, carved out a decade ago in response to next-door competitor Nubs Nobs' "Pintail Peak", was poorly designed, requiring a long, slow lift ride for very little payoff - more of the same wide, flat terrain, save for a single black run that is very short-lived and very skiable by anyone who can make turns.