When it comes to late in the season skiing there are a lot of resorts, but if you look at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Mi. and Boyne Mountain in Boyne, Mi, it becomes clear these are the places to go.
First off the skiing is still going strong in Upper Michigan, with bases running from 50 to 60 inches and warmer temperatures make for wonderfully relaxing runs down the mountain.
But this is not the only reason to go to “The Highlands or the Mountain”, as there are two annual events that take place late in the season that even if you never strap on a ski, you can have a lot of fun.
First there is the Boyne Highland’s Crazy Daze, a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day-themed event held on March 18 and 19.
Very much off the slopes for adults on Friday night there is entertainment at the Zoo Bar where music will be on tap by the group Pulse. Between the Zoo and all it offers and the band, it will yes, get your pulse pounding.
But the fun being offered is not only for adults or off the slopes as on Saturday at 11 a.m. there will be a host of activities for children including the Kid’s Jump Competition, the Nastar Race beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the Silly Slalom which takes place at 1:45 p.m.
For those young ones who are not taking part in activities on the slopes, there will be face painting from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and an inflatables jump taking place at the base of the slopes.
One of the crazier events that takes place and which is truly a favorite of those on hand is the Ski Over The Pond which begins at 3 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. there will be an awards presentation for those who made it over the pond and who have hopefully dried out.
Then it gets crazy again when the Get Krazy party begins at 4 p.m. in the Zoo Bar with music provided by the band Metro Rockway until 8 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., the group The Remedee will pump out the sounds into the night.
Finally on Sunday, there will be the “Chocolate Cake” Downhill with World Cup-style ski racing open to all ages and abilities on two courses, Leprechaun and Olympic. For those who would like to test their skills and take part in the races, registration is currently underway.
For more information on this weekend of fine late season skiing and intense amounts of fun, contact Boyne Highlands at (866) 759-3530 or visit the Boyne Highlands website.
For those who would rather head to Boyne Mountain, fear not there are activities galore to keep you busy when the Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend takes place March 18-20. The weekend is considered by many who head to the area for late fall skiing to be the biggest and best spring celebration in the north.
There is music, parties, costume contests and really good skiing to take part in during the two days. On Friday festivities begin with the Nerdvana 90s Band in the Snowflake Lounge from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. It is back onto the slopes on Saturday for the On-Hill Party from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Victor Warming House where an adult costume party will take place, that is always fun, with winners of the costume contest receiving 2016/17 Boyne Passes.
From 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. there will be the Village Party near the Mountain Express with an outdoor cookout and Dos Equis specials. The Breakfast Club 80s Band will provide the music and there will be a huge selection of edibles at the Food Truck Rally with Happy’s Tacos, Littleman Bites, Pigs Eatin’ Ribs and Pita Cruiser, to name a few of the food trucks that will be on hand,
If all this was not enough, for those who still have some energy left, there will be the Foggy Googles Pool Party in the Clock Tower Lodge Pool from 3-7 p.m. Finish off the day when DJ Bill da Cat will be pumping out the beats in the Snowflake Lounge from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Too White Crew will be in the Civic Center from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
In the morning, there is Sunday’s Last Man Standing Breakfast and Bloody Mary Bar in Stein Eriksen’s from 8 to 11 a.m. which will get you ready for the plunge into the Slush Cup. The Slush Cup is open to all takers where you can either skim or soak in the slush or just stand and watch at lower McLouth starting at 1:30 p.m.
Information on Carnival Weekend and other events can be found at the Boyne Mountain website or by calling (866) 759-1472.