Unusually warm March temperatures caused the earliest closing in recent years at Boyne Mountain Resort and Boyne Highlands, which routinely stay open into April.

Skiers and snowboarders didn’t have to wait long for a good deal on next season.  Through April 30 the resort is selling its 2012-13 Season Pass at 30-percent off in-season prices.  It’s the lowest price in 10 years on Gold and Silver teen and junior passes. 

What I like about the Boyne season pass is all the skiing and riding it can provide.  It provides access to two of the region’s largest snow sports resorts with access to a combined 115 trails, nine terrain parks, halfpipes and skier/boarder cross courses.  That’s just the Heartland.

Pass holders also receive free and discounted skiing and snowboarding at eight Boyne resorts scattered across the United Sates and Canada.  Other locations include Sugarloaf and [R443, Sunday River] in Maine, Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, Big Sky Resort in Montana, Brighton Resort in Utah, Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington, and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia.  Pass holders also receive discounts on resort lodging.

A Gold Pass ranges in price from $309 to $629, Silver $184 to $379, and a Bronze pass is $269 with the spring pricing in effect.  Those who purchase a pass now for next season can also take advantage of Boyne’s Easy Payment Plan.  Put just $50 down and spread the balance out in four payments.             

Because of all the additional benefits and places to use the pass, I think it’s one of the best season pass sales in the Midwest.