With snow bases being measured in feet, Boyne Mountain Resort always offers some of the best skiing to be found in the nation, and with this winter hanging tough, a skiing spring break is as easy as heading north.
Located approximately 300 miles north of the Ohio and Michigan border, just north west of Gaylord, the resort has become home to much more than skiing. With an investment of nearly $80 million, it has become a destination for those seeking the best in accommodations and activities from across the nation at any time of the year.
Right now with skiing still at hand, an Easter break skiing vacation is perfect, but there is more to do at the resort than just hit the slopes. With the largest health spa in Michigan, indoor and outdoor heated pools, a full workout facility and a massive indoor water park and zip lines to ride, Boyne Mountain is a spring break dream.
For skiers, there are 60 trails to hit on over 400 acres of slopes ranging from those for the beginner to some of the most extreme expert runs to be found. With 12 lifts on the mountain there is never a wait to get to the top and on the Mountain Express, which is a high speed six place lift, you will be at the top faster than at any other lodge around. The high speed lift, when it was installed was the first in the nation.
If you are looking for fun and a challenge on a snow board, then the Meadows Terrain Park at the mountain will help you test your limits. Featured at the park are 20- and 25-foot jumps along with a huge 40 foot "kicker" and nearly 20 rails. For those who would like to work their way up to the Meadows, then head over to the Ramshead or Fritz's parks. At the Ramshead, you will find a skier/boarder cross course that includes five features along with a jump-line with three hits. Fritz's Park is a progression park and it offers four rail features.
When you are done on the mountain and want to warm up a bit, you will find plenty to keep you busy at the Grand Lodge at Boyne Mountain.
In door fun
For some laid back enjoyment, there is the heated indoor and outdoor pools, connected by a swim through passage that allows you to swim in the warm waters outdoors. With heated tiles surrounding the pools, you will never have cold feet about taking a dip.
When you are ready to ramp it up a bit, it is time to head to Avalanche Bay, the largest indoor water park in Michigan and one that is consistently rated as being in the top 10 in the nation. Inside the mammoth 88-thousand square foot alpine themed park, you will find water slides, a surf simulator where you can ride the wave, kids pools, climbing walls and the Lazy River where you can sit back in a tube and float.
To top it off there is the Splasherhorn. This multilevel play structure offers bridges, dumping buckets and water sprays, but this is all just to keep you busy until the alpine horn sounds, then it is time for an avalanche of water.
Every 15-minutes, at the sound of the horn, it's time to head to the base of the Splasherhorn and to get ready to get wet, really wet, when an 800-gallon avalanche of water comes streaming over the top of the structure.
For those who would like a bit of a more relaxing experience at the mountain, it is time to head to the Solace Spa, which was recently named as one of the top ten spas in the world in the 10th annual SpaFinder Wellness Reader Choice Awards.
With the vast array of services offered at Solace, you could easily spend your entire spring break indoors. You could start off your day with a swim and then spend some time in the cedar sauna followed by one of a multitude of massages or body treatments. There are also fitness classes offered at the spa ranging from traditional Yoga to aqua aerobics, turbo kick and Pilates.
Solace is quite honestly the ultimate spa experience in the Midwest.
With all there is to offer and so much snow on the ground and skiing to be done, Boyne Mountain resort is stepping up to allow skiers on spring break to hit the slopes with the Ski & Stay Spring package.
Starting at $98 per person, per night, guests receive lodging at Boyne Mountain, a daytime lift ticket and a hot breakfast buffet each morning. And for families it only gets better with juniors ages 9 - 15 receiving reduced rates and for children under 8, they ski, ride and eat breakfast for free.
For more information or reservations go to the Boyne Resorts website or call them directly at (800) 462-6963.
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