Northern Michigan ski resorts are gearing up for the 2014 Northern Michigan ski season with rental equipment upgrades, new groomers, new amenities and more. Check it all out and get ready to dive into ski season.

Boyne Mountain
Twenty Boyne Low-E fan guns added for more and better snow. Rooms renovated in the Boynehof Lodge. Upgraded rental fleet with 230 Head skis and boots and 95 Burton “Learn to Ride” snowboards. A new PistenBully 400 winch-cat groomer to improve top-of-hill and late season conditions.

Boyne Highlands
31 new Boyne Low-E fan guns for bigger, better snow. Expanding the spa (includes new mani/pedi salon, ladies). Rental upgrades with 90 Head skis and boots and 60 Burton “Learn to Ride” snowboards. Swimming pool rebuilt, food & bev service now poolside. A new PistenBully 400 winch-cat groomer on this mountain too! 50th anniversary celebrations—stay tuned!

Caberfae Peaks Ski and Golf Resort
Continuing with snowmaking upgrades of recent years and adding 14 low energy guns and 15 new towers. Also upgrading water and electrical systems to boost snowmaking capacity. Opening up side-country terrain for the out-of-bounds junkies.

Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa
Added a Buck Quad Chairlift and opened terrain with the Buckaroo slope and two glade areas (three new runs total). New winch-cat groomer will improve top-of-hill and late season conditions. $1 million in lodging upgrades.

The Homestead
30th anniversary of skiing celebrations. Renovated courtyard at Beppi’s added outdoor dining and gas firepits. Cooking classes and other events.

Nub’s Nob
New high-tech Wintersteiger ski tuning machine ($25 tune-at-noon offer better than ever). Traded in for new PistenBully 400 winch-cat groomer (4 top o’ line groomers at Nub’s). Upgraded water and electrical to boost the snowguns.

Shanty Creek
New rental equipment from Volkl, Marker, Dalbello, Tecnica, K2, Burton and Scott. Open seven days a week(!), scheduled through March 31. Upgraded ski and snowboard school. More midday grooming on weekends. Lodging upgrades. Improvements to Monster Park and Big Air Launch Pad.

Treetops opens seven days a week (a first!) beginning at the holidays. Teamed with former Canadian Olympic snowboard freestyle coach Tom Hutchinson to run a world-class snowboard academy (including summer camp—glide on carpet). Airbag landing pad for trick practice. Upgraded jumps, rails, more.

This article and additional tips & tricks are available in the October 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s MagazineGet your copy today!