Get ready for the biggest and best spring celebration in Northern Michigan: Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend.  From Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th, experience a fun-filled weekend of parties, concerts, costumes, and 60 trails of skiable terrain—that’s 415 acres worth of exciting skiing and snowboarding.

Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend gets underway Friday afternoon with a cookout and an array of live entertainment, from dueling pianos in Stein Eriksen’s, to DJ Bill da Cat in the Snowflake Lounge, to the Irish folk-rock band The Waxies in the Civic Center.  The Waxies have been named Michigan’s “Best Celtic Rock Band”, and this gathering includes green beer, Irish drink features, giveaways and prizes for the best Irish-themed costumes.

Make sure to get a good night’s rest, as Saturday delivers six different parties throughout the day, most offering free entry for ages 21 and up.  Start with the Village party for drink specials served on a snow bar, free swag, entertainment, and grub.  Then, head to the slopes where party goers gather near the Victor Warming House for music, camaraderie, and an adult costume contest at 2:30 pm.  The top three winners take home a 2014/15 Boyne Gold, Silver, and Bronze Pass.  Don a mustache (provided) for the ‘Stache Bash at the Trophy Room Pub & Pizzeria from 3 to 6 pm, or take a dip during the Foggy Goggles Pool Party in the Clock Tower Lodge pool featuring the sounds of DJ Bill da Cat from 3 to 7 pm.  An Après Ski Party, 4:30 to 8:30 pm, rounds out the day in the Snowflake Lounge with A+ Digital DJ and contests.

Then keep up the momentum going—or retreat for a catnap—just be ready for the ‘70s Snow Disco in the Civic Center featuring Chicago-based, The Shagadelics, starting at 9 pm.  Rock to the best of the ‘70s with your finest ‘70s attire, and while there, be sure and flash a smile for the photo booth.  Best male and female costumes take home prizes.

Start walking straight again with Sunday’s Last Man Standing Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar in Stein Eriksen’s served from 10 am to 1 pm before heading to the slopes for a day of skiing and snowboarding.  The weekend’s last big splashtacular event is the Slush Cup across a 28’ by 90’ pond on lower McLouth starting at 11 am.  Skim, soak or spectate – the choice is yours.

Slope hours are 9 am to 9 pm on Friday, and 9 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.   A lift ticket or Boyne Pass and proper skiing or snowboarding equipment is required to access on-hill events.

Carnival Weekend Ski & Stay Packages including Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa accommodations, lift ticket, and buffet breakfast are available from $195 per night.  For reservations, call 800.462.6963 or visit

Photo(s) by Boyne Resorts