Ski areas across the Midwest with golf courses are either looking forward to closing their slopes and opening their links or have already done it, but Michigan’s Boyne Mountain does it one better: It will combine both sports to officially say goodbye to the snow and hello to birdies.
Boyne’s Hemlock Open combines nine holes of golf with two runs down its toughest black-diamond slope, Hemlock. The combined best times and best nine-hole score wins a plaque. It’s all about taking two or three runs and playing a little golf, with all proceeds from entry fees going to local charities.
While the exact date is to be determined, look for the event to come off one or two weeks after the close of skiing, when enough snow has melted off the resort’s courses. Proceeds from the $50 per person entry fee benefit the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, in the Upper Peninsula, and Challenge Mountain, dedicated to enriching the lives of the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation. This year, however, Boyne will remain open for skiers and boarders weekends after April 7.
Even as more snow fell this week at Boyne Mountain, adding to the best spring conditions in years, this is also the best time of the year to purchase season passes for next season.
Buy your pass now and ski or ride the rest of this season free. Lock it in with just $50 down, and pay the rest this summer. You’ll get access to both Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, plus free or discounted lift access to its eight sister resorts, including Montana’s Big Sky, as well as discount admission to Avalanche Bay indoor water park at Boyne Mountain. Passes start at just $389, and are up to 35 percent less than if you wait until after April 30. Check here for the price breakdown.