When most people think of Boyne Mountain Resort they think of skiing, but there is another activity that is being given a new twist and it involves snowshoes and great food.
Called the Summit to Stein’s Snowshoe Supper, this special event is being hosted at Boyne Mountain over the next three weekends and as it sounds, you head to the summit of the mountain, do a bit of snowshoeing and then head inside for a wonderful meal. Evening when it is taking place are Feb. 27, March 5, and March 12.
I normally do not write about these sorts of events in my outdoor pages, but this is the kind of activity that could get people outside to take part in a pursuit that they normally wouldn’t. That’s what so good about this, that it can draw people into a new outdoor pursuit. Add to this that there is food and beverages involved and it becomes a win, win situation.
As I said, when you think of Boyne Mountain you think of skiing and the reality is that not everyone is able or wants to ski, so they end up missing out one of the nicest resorts in the Midwest. But with snowshoeing, almost anyone can take part and I am sure the adventure being offered is a bit on the calm side to accommodate all skill levels. Now back to the other factor, there is food and drink at the end!
Now on to specifics.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a ride to the top of Boyne Mountain on the double chair Hemlock chairlift. From the vantage point of the lift, riders are able to take in a view of the valley below they otherwise would be unable to see. The view is beautiful, with the landscape draped in snow and the ground studded with the forests of upper Michigan.
Once to the top of the mountain, it will be snowshoe time for those taking part but not before getting warmed up at the Eagle’s Nest lounge where there will be spiced wine and hot cocoa. While this is going on, snowshoes will be fitted to each individual and then it will be time for a guided walk through the area.
The walk, or better referred to as a “stomp”, winds through the snow covered trees and along trails in the twilight which for those who have never done this, it is a magical time of day when the ground is covered with snow. At the half way point of the approximately 60 minute walk, it is time to gather around a bonfire where there will be warm cocoa and hot toddies.
Then it is off again to finish the walk at Stein Eriksen’s were the adventure in food will begin.
What you will find will only top off the evening with a cheese fondue of melted Appenzeller, Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses served with apples and bread. Then it is on to the main course of a prime rib and shrimp buffet. Finally to top off the meal there will be another fondue, but this time of chocolate served with fruits and cookies.
The cost of the evening, which includes the chair ride, guided snowshoe walk, beverages along the way and then dinner, is only $45 per person.
To be honest there are not many of the events I hear about that really interest me, as I would rather be with my wife cross country skiing or snowshoeing. But for $45 and all you get, this is one event I have to say is well worth the cost.
Boyne Mountain as I said is one of the most beautiful resorts in the Midwest and any visit there, if for a weekend to relax or to ski is special. But with this Summit to Stein’s Snowshoe Supper, it is an evening that sounds truly too good to pass up.
For more information or to make reservations for the evening, contact the resort at (231) 549-6854. Or course you can also go to the Boyne Resorts webpage for information on this event and all the other activities offered.
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