The two have a longstanding history. In 1984, Boyne's founder Everett Kircher made a gift of the old Walloon Hills Ski Area, which included a few lifts, 160-acres with runs and a day-lodge to Challenge Mountain. In recent years they've experienced a tremendous growth of participants who want to experience the benefits of the adaptive skiing and snowboarding programs. Their biggest hurdle was lack of snowmaking equipment, which meant they weren't able to start the program until the end of January relying on natural snow; and it was a very short season.
This season Boyne Mountain has offered to host their adaptive winter programs and launched a satellite program; a win-win situation for all concerned. "Using the resources and amenities that Boyne Mountain also allows for additional monies to be invested into programming benefiting the participant's experience, and we're thrilled to host these programs helping to increase the awareness of the gift that Challenge Mountain offers," said Kathryn Kircher Krug, board member of both Boyne USA and Challenge Mountain. "My father would be pleased."