Last Friday was marked as a holiday on many people’s calendar. Boyne’s infamous 6-for-1 is the annual event where many snowsports enthusiasts make the trek ‘north’ to get their snow fix in on the cheap, and it wasn’t very hard to twist our arm in order for the MiSkiReport crew to attend. Having heard about 6-for-1 for a few years now, aside from the cheap tickets, I had to see what the event was all about.
Loading up early and heading north, I was looking forward to catching up with a few people I hadn’t made turns with in years along with Regan from Regan Wide Open, before his travels west. I had a hunch, but little did I know we were about to make turns with a third of the state. My first impression of 6-for-1 was that this is like a giant tailgater filled with a bunch of snow-crazed people. Grills, coolers, chairs, you name it, it was there!
On-hill video from Boyne.
Overall the day was awesome and we made turns from 9am – 4:30pm for $10 a piece. Conditions varied depending on if you were at Boyne Mountain or Highlands. We found some great lines, including nice pockets of freshies near the trees and also some not so great lines (like lift lines) where snowmaking equipment was still present and the manmade was very choppy. But, for $10 you really couldn’t complain about riding that much terrain!
There were a ton of ‘on the cheap‘ deals to be had all last weekend, this was just one of them. Treetops Resort was offering up $20 carloads on Saturday and the Otsego Club was open to the public with $10 lift tickets and sweet room rates. Our crew had an excellent time making tracks at Boyne and I now understand why many make the trek to get in on this deal. After the slopeside burger/beer combo and a few more runs, we packed it in and headed to the O.C. in Gaylord to round out the weekend madness.
Written by: J. Dodge