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Boyne 6-for-1 Day - Anybody going?

post #1 of 10
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The annual 6-for-1 sift ticket deal is a week from this Friday, Dec 18th.  Anybody thinking of going?  Seems as good as an excuse as any for the Troll-Bears to get together.

I'm planning to be at the Highlands from opening chair until about half-past-stupid.  Let me know if you're thinking about making the trip.  With 20" of natural snow falling in the last 7 days, plus a foot in the forecast for the next two days, plus whatever the guns can crank out, it should be in pretty good shape by next weekend.  (Not that I'm waiting...)

http://www.boyne.com/EventsCalendar/Events/2009/December/6_for_1_Day.html
post #2 of 10
Walt, I'm going there for Friday, but don't know yet if I will ski Mountan or Highlands yet.  Myself and a friend are staying in Petoskey so it's convenient to either one.  My one friend and his wife are lodging right at highlands, and they will probably get our tickets when they check in on Thursday, but they may decide on Mountain for Friday, then ski at highlands for Sat. 
post #3 of 10
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I'd strongly recommend hitting the Highlands on Friday instead of the Mountain.  The six-for-one deal has been going on for almost 20 years and is practically an institution in the Northern lower peninsula with many people returning year after year.  But until last season the deal was only good at the Mountain; the fact that it's also good at the Highlands is not widely known yet.  So, the Highlands will probably be a lot less crowded than the Mountain.

In year's past, many patrons would buy their tickets at the Mountain, then drive up to the Highlands to dodge the crowd.  Last year at the Highlands it wasn't too bad for the first two hours - by all reports the Mountain is a complete zoo starting at nine. 

PS consider going to Nubs on Saturday or Sunday - it's the best of the three, and a much shorter drive from your lodgings than the Mountain.
post #4 of 10
Walt, thanks for the advice.  I'm only skiing on Friday and will be driving back home Friday night.  I did notice today that both Mountain and Highlands have the 6 for 1 deal listed on the website, so it is probably alot more known then you thought.  I thought Nubs was right across from Highlands.  I've only skied Mountain, so this is just what I've heard.  From the Days Inn in Petoskey, drive time to either Boyne property is close to the same.  Normally, when I ski the day time at Mountain, I go get the lift tickets at the Days Inn the night before, then park at the Superbowl lift.  It's been a few years since I've skied there, so I don't know if that secret is out yet.  Each time I've done it, the lift was running at opening, and maybe four or five other cars.  It's much easier on the ski boots parking right at the snow.  Is there any empty parking lots that close to a lift at Highlands that we can start at?
post #5 of 10
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It's on the website, but it hasn't filtered down to the locals.  I probably asked 30 locals at Nubs over the weekend if they were going, and almost everyone said "that deal's only good at the Mountain, isn't it?"

You're right that parking at the Mountain is a pain in the posterior.  And it gets worse every time I go there as they try to promote their valet parking by making  the free parking less convenient.  I used to park by the Super-bowl, but the last time I went to the Mountain they had closed that part of the hill to have a snowmobile race on it.  Plus, they've been building condos over by that base area, so that parking probably won't remain open for much longer. 

Anyway, this Vail-esque approach to parking is unique in Michigan (perhaps in the entire midwest) - the Highlands isn't nearly as bad.  There's a small parking lot at the base of Amy's chair if you want to get closer to the lift, but the regular parking is fine (park near the north end so you start at the HSQ instead of the Camelot chair)
post #6 of 10
I tried to con my posse into hitting up the Highlands, too, but they don't want to drive that far, so it looks like we'll be at the Mountain.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by volklgirl View Post

I tried to con my posse into hitting up the Highlands, too, but they don't want to drive that far, so it looks like we'll be at the Mountain.

I'm coming from Toledo, Ohio, and they're fussing over a 40 minute difference from Mountain to Highlands.
post #8 of 10
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Well, if anybody changes their mind at the last minute look for me on the hill - I'm be the guy on the Volkls with the bad attitude.
post #9 of 10
Might miss Friday, but if conditions are good, I'll be there Sat/Sun. Always looking for Bears to turn with. Let us know the weekend outlook.
post #10 of 10
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I'll be across the street at Nubs Sat and Sun - probably Friday afternoon too, depending on how busy it is at 6-1 day.

Looking at the snow report, Nubs has the entire Nubs North & Nubs South open (pretty much everything except Pintail peak and the Arena glade - although Scarface will probably be closed for racing Sat & Sun).  The Highlands only has the middle third of their frontside open.  If you're paying window price, I'd recommend Nubs.
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