Went to Boyne Mountain over the weekend of February 2, 2008 and had a great time. We got a package deal where we got our lift tickets, lodging, and breakfast all for one price. We stayed in the Clock Tower Lodge and it is the older of the accommodations but is still a nice place to stay. The rooms were nice and were equipped with WIFI Internet access. The only complaint was the room was too warm at times and the shower was hard to get fixed at the right temperature.
The breakfast was amazing and excellent. Full course buffet and even my hot chocolate was included.
As far as the slopes, this is a very nice place to ski. Black runs are pretty challenging and it has some nice blue and green cruisers that are almost off by themselves in a wooded area which makes for some nice skiing. High-speed lift is really nice and this place has many lifts to keep the lines from getting too long. At one point during the day the lift servicing the green and blue cruisers (off in the woods) got really long, but only for a short time. There was an ample amount of snow and it snowed most of the day we were there.
Overall, this place is as good as it gets for a “resort” feel in the Midwest. It is just that………a true resort with most of the same amenities one would experience out west or in the northeast. They have an indoor waterpark, several restaurants, 2-story arcade, ski shop, and even a general store so that there would be no reason to really need to leave the resort. Only complaint as with most resorts is the food in the cafeteria was very high so brining your own food may be an option at least for lunch. Other things on site included: Ice skating rink, outdoor heated pools, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and cross country skiing.
Very similar to Crystal with the resort feel but jus a little but nicer.
Only things that Boyne Mountain could use would be maybe one more high-speed lift since they have over 50 runs and a few more long runs for people who like cruisers. (although I understand the terrain may prevent that)