My wife and I wanted to go on a snowboard trip and I had been to Boyne when i was younger so we thought it would be a great trip. We went the weekend after Valentines day 2-16-18 and let me tell you the place was BUSY. Talking with some of the staff, apparently it was the busiest weekend of the year. You could not find a parking place. We stayed in the Grand Lodge. They gave us a parking pass to put on our rear-view mirror but it was pointless. It served no purpose. We did not get any privileges as far as parking for staying at the lodge. People were parked all over. The front of the lodge was cluttered with cars and the only parking we could get was a 10 minute walk.
Thats how our trip started. Enter the resort and go to the bottom of the mountain. I was a little dissapointed with the stores/shopping at the restort. There was NO shopping for snowboarding gear (snowboards, jackets, boots, bindings). How do you not have equipment for sale at large resort like that? (large for its area).
So we went to go rent snowboards, we wait a hour and a half just to be told that they were out of snowboards to rent. How does that happen?! So we went to the Fourty Acres Tavern which was fantastic. Pizza was good, drinks were good. It was very busy, but that is to be expected to I wasn't upset. Good atmosphere.
So we went to the front desk to talk about them not having rental snowboards and they made some calls for us and they eventually let us rent snowboards at 7PM for the next day. That was great for us. We rented snowboards (not the greatest of bindings and board but it worked) and went to the room for the rest of the night.
The next morning, the mountain was beautiful. Lots of snow, good food trucks and vibes at the bottom of the ski-lifts.
But again, it was SOO busy. 15-20 minute waits for each ski lift and even longer for the smaller ski lifts by the bunny hill.
The resort was VERY expensive and I'm not sure if i will be going back. For the amount of money you spend here, you can go to another resort (probably fly) for about the same price and get a better experience.
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