Ziplines, bikes, horses, wagon trails: Boyne Mountain has great summer adventures

BOYNE FALLS, MI — A handful of northern Michigan ski resorts have become places of four-season activity, squeezing events into their calendars for spring, summer and fall. The first of them is Boyne Mountain Resort just south of Petoskeywhich offers a wide range of outdoor adventure options for summer visitors.

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush on your getaway or your speed a little closer to relaxing in the sun, Boyne’s summer schedule has activities to match all of those vacation personalities. The large list of activities available this summer can be enjoyed as an overnight guest at the resort, or simply as a day-tripper when you log on to Boyne Mountain Adventure Center.

Some of Boyne’s big draws include Avalanche Bay, which is Michigan’s largest indoor water park, plus two golf courses and all the outdoor fun that awaits you at Deer Lake Beach. Looking for a slower pace? Hop on a chairlift and enjoy great views of the Boyne Valley, or rent a multi-person cart and follow a scenic trail.

If you are staying on site and would like a list of all daily entertainment options, check out the Mountain Messenger page on the Boyne website. You’ll get weekly news on Thirsty Thursdays, Happy Hours in The Village, music in the Snowflake Lounge and more.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular activities featured this summer:

Boyne Mountain has new bikes in its rental fleet this season from Latitude 45. Photo courtesy of Boyne Mountain.

BIKES: Whether you’re after the mountain bike downhill rush or can’t wait to pedal the 7-mile paved trail to Boyne City – a pretty town on the shores of Lake Charlevoix and home to the succulents Health Coffee – the station has a new fleet of Latitude 45 rental bikes. You will find electric bikes, mountain bikes, trailers for children and guides for children.

HORSES: Saddle up and take a guided scenic ride on horseback at the Boyne Horse Stable. Helmets are provided. On vacation with little ones? Discover pony rides.

Boyne Mountain Station

Hop on horseback for a guided ride around the scenic Boyne Mountain property. Photo courtesy of Boyne Mountain.

DISC-GOLF: It’s not often you take a chairlift up a mountain and then play 18 holes of disc golf on the way down. If you love frisbee golf, put this course on your bucket list. The Adventure Center also has a few disc sets for rent if you haven’t brought your own.

TROLLEY RENTAL: It proved to be such a popular attraction that Boyne now has a fleet of nine gas carts which they rent out for a mini adventure. Hop in a 6-person cart and you’ll get a map for the 7-mile trail that winds up the ski hill, then along the back where the new Sky Bridge attraction is being built, before driving around golf courses and give you a view of scenic Deer Lake. The trail ride takes about an hour.

Boyne Mountain Station

Fly through treetops at 20 mph, 50 feet above the ground. Sound fun to you? Sign up for a zipline adventure. Photo courtesy of Boyne Mountain.

ZIPLINES: No special skills are required for this one, just the love of flying through treetops at over 20 mph when you’re 50 feet in the air. Boyne has a 10 zipline system and their guided zipline adventure means you have support every step of the way. Discounts are available for those who register in advance.

THE BEACH at DEER LAKE: A bathing beach in a ski resort? You bet. Deer Lake’s waterfront with its restaurant, water sports rentals, and condos is an unexpected yet perfect place to unwind. In addition to its swimming area, discover the rentals of small sailboats, kayaks and SUPs. There’s also a great selection of old-fashioned lawn games for a decidedly non-technical way to spend the afternoon.

Deer Lake at Boyne Mountain

The sun sets over Deer Lake. Photo provided by Boyne Mountain.

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SEGWAY TOURS: Want to take a nice tour of this resort and its high-altitude spots without having to strain your leg muscles? Board a Segway. You will benefit from a guided tour of the property, some bits of history and many magnificent landscapes to admire. There are discounts for those who register in advance.

Mount Boyne

Chalet Edelweiss is a luxury piste-side getaway designed with a touch of Alpine flair. Photo provided by Boyne Mountain.

CHALET EDELWEISS: This newly refurbished spot tucked away from the main lodge might be as close as you’re going to feel like you’ve just arrived in Northern Europe. With its warm wood and soft colors, this Nordic-inspired take on a ski lodge is all about luxury – with some incredibly detailed touches. Sink into plush armchairs in its downstairs living room, or cross the hallway and check out the wood-lined sauna — complete with a bucket of cold water on a cord. There’s no shortage of thoughtful touches, from the delicately wrapped little tea bags to the beverage dispenser that offers hot, cold or sparkling water.

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For more cool summer adventures and information on prices and reservations, check out the Adventure Center website here.


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