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Reader Resort Survey 2005: Midwest No. 5 – Boyne Highlands

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Long a mainstay in the Midwest ski scene, the Highlands still gets high marks from SKI’s readers for lifts, grooming, snow and lodging. “Best in Michigan,” lauds a reader-and it’s hard to argue with that assessment. Ten chairlifts, including a high-speed quad, quickly moves skiers around the mountain to access the Highland’s vast trail network of 46-some runs. Boyne Highlands makes the most of its 550 vertical feet (it’s the tallest ski hill in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula).

The Latest

Expanded terrain park; additional glade skiing terrain; expansion of cross-country trails; and new full-service restaurant in the North Peak area.

The Deal

Early season lift and lodging packages, including a hot breakfast, start at $85. boyne.com; 1-800-GO-BOYNE.

SNOW

6

GROOM

3

TERRAIN/VARIETY

11

TERRAIN/CHALLENGE

15

VALUE

19

LIFTS

1

SERVICE

8

WEATHER

13

ACCESS

13

ON-MOUNTAIN FOOD

16

LODGING

6

DINING

10

NIGHTLIFE/APRÉS

9

OFF-HILL/ACTIVITIES

11

FAMILY PROGRAMS

8

SCENERY

11

TERRAIN PARKS

13