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Pack your sunglasses for a spring skiing weekend at Boyne Mountain, the latest in 16 years

We spent the weekend up north and were surprised to find there’s still some snow on the ground around Traverse City and Leland. But even more surprising is the spattering of flakes that fell very briefly outside my window in Huntington Woods this afternoon — April 24 — as I wrote this blog post.

In fact, so much snow remains on the slopes at Boyne Mountain that the resort plans to keep them open for spring skiing and snowboarding this Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It has been 16 years since Boyne has been able to offer skiing this late into spring — the last weekend in April, according to a resort spokesperson.

Boyne’s average base depth today is 16-40 inches; up to one inch of additional snow is forecast for the next 24 hours. The weekend forecast calls for sunshine with highs in the upper 60s, so pack your sunscreen and shades along with your ski gear.

“We expect to have both the Mountain Express and Ramshead lifts open once again this weekend serving access to nearly 170 acres of terrain,”  Boyne says in a press release.

The Stash Bash terrain park on Ramshead, which has received glowing reviews the past two weekends, also will be open. It offers nearly 40 features for snowboarders.

Lift tickets are just $25 per day.

And, if you’d like to ski and golf in the same day, Boyne’s annual Hemlock Open, a two-person team ski-racing competition, is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. It consists of two runs in a dual format on Boyne Mountain’s lower North Boyne slope in the morning followed by a two-person scramble on the MonuPine golf course(s) in the afternoon.

Check www.boyne.com/Winter/Two_Mountains/Current_Conditions/boyneMountain.html

 

Susan R. Pollack

Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 48 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including “Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide,” and is the copy editor for secondchancetravels.com. She also has written for websites including gardendestinations.com and travelingmom.com.