Big resort feel, decent hills

by: Ryan Pringnitz - Mar 18, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: Lots of lift capacity, good amount of terrain for all levels

    Cons: not a whole lot

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2009


Full review

Well a great time was had this last Sunday at Boyne Mountain.

Pros

-great lift capacity (small lines)
-decent terrain park
-a big resort so dining / lodging is not a problem
-good amount of runs
-runs for all levels of ability
-gladed areas
-buildings to warm up / cool down at on top of the hills / midway down the hills.

I have been to all of the bigger resorts / hills in the L.P of Michigan. I find Boyne to be in the top 3, and probably one of the most family friendly resorts.

If you want a big resort weekend, go to Boyne over Crystal. Crystal has much longer lines, and what seems like less lift capacity.

Cons
-the green runs are basically separated from the black / blue runs, so riding the lift up with friends of all levels can sometimes be a challenge.
-they had a decent amount of gladed skiing, but there were a lot of good spots roped off that looked to be used quite often, just by people who do not follow the rules.
-while the lift capacity is great and the lines are small, you won't exactly escape the crowds entirely.

There is a positive to the green trails being isolated from the black trails. You do not have advanced skiers weaving through the greens very often, and you do not have beginners in areas they shouldn't really be in.

I would say they do a great job at providing Nubs Nob / Shanty Creek / Crystal Mountain competition.

If I had to choose a top 3 for lower peninsula I would say...

1. Nubs Nob
2. Boyne Mountain
3. Shanty Creek

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