Boyne Mountain's, third "Skitoberfest," which takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, is a celebration of the fall season and features an afternoon jib fest and Snowsports Summit, hosted by former Olympian and Boyne Ambassador Cary Adgate.
The Summit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be information available on new gear, technique and training. Special guest Olympian Seth Wescott, snowboard cross gold medal winner in 2010, will be offering physical conditioning tips.
It's also a chance for winter sports enthusiasts to get a little "park fix" before winter arrives a month or so later. Bring your gear and attitude. Boyne supplies the "snow," well, ice shavings, but it works. A rail jam takes place at 5 p.m. near the base of the slopes.
Families will be able to enjoy horse drawn hayrides, cider press demonstrations, and a host of kid-friendly activities including a petting zoo throughout the afternoon.
The tasting tent opens at 2 p.m. and will feature more than 50 of Michigan's best microbreweries wines and spirits. Area restaurants, markets and farms will be serving special dishes for sampling. Admission is $25 per person and includes a Skitoberfest pint glass and 10 tasting tokens for food and beverage. Additional tokens can be purchased.
Free scenic chairlift rides to the top of the mountain will be available and fall colors should be about peak. For thrill seekers Zipline Adventures will be going on. It's a great chance to see the fall colors up close and personal as you fly through the trees; two rides for $20 per person.
"It's a fun event. You even get a rail jam, which kind of gets you stoked for the coming season," enthused 17-year-old Curt Horvath from nearby Traverse City. "It reminds you that winter is just around the corner."
Nightly lodging is available starting from $72 per person, based on double occupancy.
Interested? Visit Boyne's site for more information.