Boyne Mountain will host its first ever SkiToberfest, which takes place Oct. 3-4.  The new event celebrates the coming winter season with a Snowsports Summit hosted by former Olympian Cary Adgate and an Oktoberfest for the whole family. 

Winter X-Games gold medalist Simon Dumont, and former U.S. Ski Team Coach Greg Needell will be speaking at the Summit, along with a host of other ski racing activities.  The Oktoberfest features a dozen popular Michigan breweries, 30 varieties of bratwurst plus other gourmet food, live music and dancing, and for the kids, there's art, a bounce house, and instrument making.

The Oktoberfest will be staged in the Mountain Village beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, with brew, food and games.  Numerous Michigan wines will also be available for tasting as well as some of the Wolverine States' best microbrews.  Admission is $20 and includes 12 tickets for beer and wine sampling.  The very thirsty may purchase additional tickets. Attendees can also enjoy local art, family hayrides, a pumpkin patch, fall color chairlift rides, a parade, and more. Diehard Michigan and Michigan State football fans have no need to worry. The game will be broadcast on a giant screen. 

The Snowsports Summit, hosted by two-time Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team member Adgate, will take place Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  It will include informative sessions on gearing up for the coming winter and getting ready for competition.  Dumont, who won two gold medals in the Winter X-Games, also holds the current world quarter pipe height record.  Needell, the U.S. Ski Team Coach from 2002-2008, helped lead the men's team to 43 wins, 105 podiums and 264 top ten finishes.  Entry to the Summit is $5 per person.

Boyne Mountain hotel accommodations start from $69 per day, per room, and the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa starts at $131 per day, per room.  Both are based on double occupancy.

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