September is coming to an end, it is warm and sunny and this means it is time to head to Boyne Mountain on Oct. 3 for the 7th Annual Skitoberfest and Winter Expo held at the resort.
As always, there will be special guests on hand and this year professional skier Lynsey Dyer who among other things has been named Skier of the Year by Powder Magazine, is an action sports model and is co-founder of the organization SheJumps, will be on hand.
Considered one of the world’s best freestyle skiers, Dyer has won every big mountain event she has entered. In an effort to bring more women into outdoor sports, she co-founded the organization SheJumps. The organization works to create activities and events for women who may never have the opportunity to challenge themselves in the outdoors and to create a community for those seeking new adventures and to offer them the chance to share their experiences with other women.
Moving forward on this front, Dyer has recently completed work on Pretty Faces, the first community driven all female big mountain ski film. The film seeks to offer inspiration to women who revel in defining themselves in the outdoors.
Dyer will be on hand at the expo to offer a talk on the sport and SheJumps at 2 p.m. and will take the time afterward to sign autographs. There will also be a showing of the film Pretty Faces.
The Expo, which runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. will be hosted by another top name in the ski world, Cary Adgate, Olympian and inductee to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Boyne, Mi. native. While at the expo, attendees will have the chance to look over some of the newest ski and snowboard gear on the market, shop a ski swap which benefits the Boyne City ski teams, attend ski tuning demonstrations and enter into free giveaways.
And this is just the beginning of the fun at Skitoberfest.
Outside the Expo hall there will be Oktoberfest fun with more than 100 varieties of Michigan beers being offered, along with food, wines, spirits and treats, all available for tastings. There will be entertainment galore with acrobatic performances, fire breathers, live street theater and other activities from noon until 6 p.m. along with family movie times and hayrides. For those who want to take a scenic moment out, there will be free chairlift rides on the mountain.
The number of events taking place continues on with the on-snow Rail Jam competition from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m., a petting zoo for the children, face painting and more. Once the sun goes down there will be the Pray for Snow Bonfire with s’mores from 5-6 p.m. and attendees can then be a spectator or participant in the Skitoberfest parade from 6-7 p.m.
From 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. there will be an after party at The Snowflake Lounge with entertainment offered by the George Brothers Band.
Best of all is that there is no entry fee to Skitoberfest with all events being free. Tickets will be available for the various “tastings” being held and there is a small fee for select children’s’ activities.
For a complete listing of all the events taking place go to the Skitoberfest webpage at the Boyne Resort website.
For those who would like to stay at the resort during the festival Boyne Mountain is offering a special package for Friday and Saturday night at $127. This includes lodging, 10 tickets for the various tasting and other events, a commemorative mug and a discount for a VIP pass for the Biergarten. Best of all, children under 12 sleep for free and those under the age of 8, enjoy a free breakfast.
For more information go to the Skitoberfest website or call Boyne Mountain at (800) 462-6963.