3rd Annual Boyne Party Mansion (ski/xc ski-out/flow rider/water park/hot tub)

FINAL BOYNE UPDATE[masked]:  This is it!  After almost a full year of planning (I booked it right after last year’s event) and at least 15 hours of total planning, management, multiple postings, and collecting money from people, this is the final update detailing everything you need to know.  Everything should be covered.  To organize carpools and food, check out the google spreadsheet here: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At8lfvufoBK9dEhGQnJoazZybVZCNG5KbVZWZHRNOFE&usp=sharing

I know it’s not elegant, but it should get the job done.  I will not and can not personally organize carpools, it is far beyond one person.  People with big snow vehicles must volunteer to drive (and pay little or no gas), offer your info, and others will add their names contact you based on your location, I assume.

All bed spots are taken, although I will sell just 2 more floor spots for $80 each.  Because so many more women signed up then men (yeah, I know, sorry guys:-), rather than a men and woman’s single bed room, there will be a woman’s room (with connected bathroom) and a men/women’s room.  It will be first come, first serve.  Every year a few people can’t make it last minute, so we’ll probably have an empty bed or two anyway, so I wouldn’t worry about it. 

There is 4 pages of official information from the owners, which I pasted in the spreadsheet if you want to read it now (should be a hard copy there, and I’ll print it), but here is the most important stuff:  Lot #81  The Reserve  02064 Kitzbuhel Boyne Falls, MI 49713  (The address does not appear on GPS)

The Reserve is a new community built on the back of the Boyne Mountain Resort.  To enter the Reserve, follow Mountain Pass Road, which circles around the back of the resort to Deer Lake Road.  Make a left had turn on Deer Lake Road.  On the left you will see the sign for The Reserve.  Make a left and follow the Reserve Road up the mountain until you come to Kitzbuhel Road.  Continue up Kitzbuhel Road all the way up the mountain.  Our house is the last house on Kitzbuhel.  When you arrive, you will see the top of our home, because the driveway is steep and the home is built on a very deep lot.  Enter the drive carefully and pull into the garage.  The garage code is (1,4,3,6 enter) and is located on the wall next to the door.  When closing the garage from the outside it is the same (1,4,3,6 enter). 

That means that first to arrive can enter the house, but I plan to arrive by 5PM, and I can’t imagine people arriving much sooner than that. 

If there is anything else I forgot or a unique question you MUST ask me, call me at[masked] 4553.  But don’t call for directions (yes, I’ve been there 5 times but that doesn’t mean I can guide you around.  Use their directions for that.)  And again, I can’t find individuals a carpool, that’s up to you.


Suggested itinerary (but you can do whatever you want):

Thursday: everyone who is able should try to arrive Thursday evening, as early as possible. Expect to eat dinner and play games (ping-pong, pool, darts, foosball, board, video like Just Dance), upon arrival. Carpooling and food spreadsheets will be created. I want to make it almost mandatory that everyone carpool with people who have all-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Even if we don’t have snow down here, it is very likely that there is plenty of snow up there. The back country Boyne roads will be slippery. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY! And if you drive a large truck, please bring towing cables just in case.

Friday: everyone should try to wake up early to take advantage of a freshly groomed mountain and no lines. They should also break after a few hours, come back to the house for a nice relaxing lunch, then ski/board again until dinner time. On Friday night we feast and drink and party because…

Saturday: (don't tell anyone but this is often my favorite day) this should be our relaxing day. It’s not only the busiest day of the week with the longest lines, but it’s also the one day where we can’t use the ski-free passes. This is a great day to sleep in, have a huge multi-hour breakfast, play games, and relax until around 1 or 2PM. At that time some people will want to go tubing while others should cross country ski. You may not know this, but we have fantastic groomed xc skiing trails just a few hundred feet from our front door. Then we should all meet up in the largest outdoor hot tub in MI for another awesome time (Katie and I had so much fun in that tub with you guys, thank you!). Then showers, food, drink, games, and fun all night long (but not too late).

Sunday: wake up early to ski/board again until around noon, come back to the house to eat, clean up, pack cars, and ski/board more until 4ish. Then we should take advantage of the water park when it’s not only the cheapest, but it will also have the shortest lines for the flow rider, which is basically a machine which allows you to surf indoors. Yes, you’ll be tired. Yes, you’ll get home late. But when you do finally get home, you’ll know that you had one of the biggest, fullest, and most fun weekends you’ve had all year.

Huge piece of advice: you should bring a white noise machine. Ear plugs can only eliminate the top 30 decibels of snoring and talking at best, you’ll always still hear the sounds. But if you have the constant sound of white noise in the background, your brain will quickly adapt to it and it will be like you’re not hearing anything at all. You don’t have to take this advice but, if you don’t, you’re not allowed to complain about snoring or late night/early morning conversations

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  • Lee K

    Does anyone have any photos to add?

    February 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Posted my photos last night!

      February 9, 2014

    • Nathalie

      Lee! I am so glad you enjoyed snowboarding, now you have to snowboard with me next time :) I'd love to see the video you got of the snowboard crew, could you email it to me [masked] Thanks ;)

      February 11, 2014

  • Barbara

    Wonderful time! Thanks again for organizing! Great meeting everyone

    February 4, 2014

    • Barbara

      Hi Amy I'll see if I can get down there for that.

      1 · February 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      YAY my email is [masked] and phone is[masked] 0649. I think it's $25 if not a member, free if member.

      February 5, 2014

  • Kelli

    I'm taking extra days off work next time for this. I had a blast and need recovery time. :) Roomie power!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hats off to JIM S. Thank you for allowing OHIOANS to join. Will pay NOW for next year!!! Had a wonderful time. You even organized the weather just right. We are planning some Toledo events that we will send you to keep in touch with our new friends: Toledo Zoo, Art Museum, Mudhens game, Kayaking on the Maumee, Lights before Xmas! See you all again soon!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Lee K

    Thanks, Jim, for another great event! Nice meeting everyone! I love skiing with the ski boarders on Friday... it gave me the incentive to take a board lesson on Sunday. I loved it, and want to do it again asap. My carpool buds made it a fun event from start to finish! Thanks, everyone!

    February 3, 2014

  • Keli

    Thanks Jim for organizing. What a fun group! See all y'all next year!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Nathalie

    Hope everyone made it home safely. Thanks again to Jim for making this all happen! Best way to meet the group, great bunch of people.. looking forward to more adventures with you all!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Angela

    I had so much fun. Jim, you're so awesome for organizing! The house was amazing. Next time I WILL make it up Thursday.

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Barry

    Huge thanks to Jim for all his time and effort in planning this meetup. It was AWESOME! Thanks again, I'm looking forward to next year.

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • lisa m.

    Harold and I had the best time! Great food, drink, people and activities! Thanks Jim for organizing and cant wait to do it again next year! ;)

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Carolina

    Best yearly event!! Can't wait till 2015. Roomie power!

    4 · February 2, 2014

  • Angela

    Will try to make it up tonight or Saturday morning!

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • lisa m.

    We just Gaylord... Slow goin! Be careful all!

    January 30, 2014

  • Keli

    Be careful guys. 3 state cops above grayling and white out conditions up in Gaylord. Yeeha!

    January 30, 2014

  • Carolina

    Can't wait to see you guys tonight!!

    January 30, 2014

  • Lee K

    Issued Thursday morning for Boyne:
    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.
    HAZARDOUS WEATHER...
    * WINDS: SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS WILL OCCUR ALL AREAS. GUSTS WILL BE AS HIGH AS 45 MPH ALONG THE LAKE MICHIGAN COAST. MANY AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL OCCUR... WITH THE WORST OF CONDITIONS WITH FALLING SNOW THIS AFTERNOON.
    * SNOW: ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA BETWEEN NOON AND 2 PM... WITH A BRIEF PERIOD OF HEAVIER SNOW INTO MID AND LATE AFTERNOON.
    * STORM TOTAL SNOW: 2 TO 3 INCHES... LOCALLY HIGHER ALONG AND WEST OF THE US-127 AND I-75 CORRIDORS.
    IMPACTS...
    * BLOWING... DRIFTING... AND FALLING SNOW WILL LEAD TO PERIODS OF SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES... AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL ON SNOW COVERED ROADS.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    * A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS A COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL RESULT IN SLICK TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

    January 30, 2014

  • Jacqueline

    anyone interested in taking my spots call me at[masked]

    January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heya, how many spots are available? 7, as the RSVP indicates? Myself and and a friend (also male) are considering joining the trip (decision to be made in the next 48 hrs). I am in Troy and he is in Utica; we only have front wheel drive cars, but may drive up together ourselves anyway. Also relevant... the fee to the organizer(s) - of $80? paid via? - only covers the house to sleep in, or does it cover anything else, and if so, what? It does seem clear (and not a problem) that we are on our own for a few things...just want clarification of what those things are. Thanks!

    January 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      update3 (at Tues 5pm): still need to confirm a carpool/ride up.

      January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      update4: have now confirmed a carpool/ride with Jim Sh

      January 28, 2014

  • Nathalie

    Ah! I just saw this event, sounds like a lot of fun! Are there spots still available? Where can I get more details - seems like I have the same questions as Ryan. I know it's cutting it close so let me know who to contact and I'll get on it ASAP! Thanks!

    January 27, 2014

    • Nathalie

      Ok, so I scrolled a little further and saw the organizer's number. I'll contact Jim for more details.

      January 27, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Jim Stange .....he is the guy

      January 28, 2014

  • Jeanaiah

    Hey I'm thinking of signing up to come but have no experience downhill skiing. I have done some cross-country as a kid. I have no gear and not to interested in skiing maybe more in just hanging, hot tubbing, water parking. Thoughts? Also need clarification on if there is still space available. Thanks

    January 22, 2014

    • Jeanaiah

      Pants..

      January 23, 2014

    • Stuart B.

      You can rent all the ski hardware (Skis, boots, poles) but you have to have warm clothes. I used to ski in long underwear and jeans for years so it's not impossible. You will have to have a warm coat. The lodge is at the bottom of the hill so if you get cold you can be inside in less than a few minutes. It's not like out west where it takes awhile to get in.

      January 23, 2014

  • Keli

    I posted some food and realized it was pretty meaty. Are there a lot of vegetarians? I can rethink the food choices. I tend to cook enough for a horde so it would help me to not make too much food.

    January 20, 2014

    • Eric

      So, me the guy that doesn't cook but a couple time a year, I will handle the dishes and help clean :-) . I also love my coffee so I'll bring a keurig up with a bunch of coffee and the fixings for that, including kahula. If someone has an actual coffee pot let's me know cause we could have quite a line in the morning for coffee. I'll grab a bunch of bangles n cream cheese, bread and peanut butter, Coles garlic bread for both nights pasta, wheat bread and peanut butter, cinnamon whiskey, juice, and some chips.

      January 23, 2014

    • lisa m.

      I can probably bring some kcups and creamer too

      January 23, 2014

  • Jeanaiah

    How much is this weekend to join? $80 for floor spot? Gas? Food? Equipment rental?

    January 23, 2014

  • yvette

    Does the water park have a wave pool?

    January 7, 2014

  • lisa m.

    I'm bringing cards against humanity! ;)

    January 22, 2014

  • Barry

    My XC skis are too long for my cartop carrier. Anyone on the West Side have room for another pair of skis in their vehicle?

    January 22, 2014

  • Barry

    Based on the directions, this should be the location on Google Maps.

    If you use satellite view at this location, you can see the last house and it's right by the Kitz community warming cabin.

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=207817852983875916452.00048ec407e809ca973c1&ie=UTF8&ll=45.15529,-84.936671&spn=0.003703,0.008256&t=m&z=18&vpsrc=6&iwloc=0004f06b2dd4bae886679

    GPS Coordinates are [masked],[masked]

    January 20, 2014

  • Stuart B.

    I will be coming up Thursday and have a large truck with extra room for up to three. If anyone needs a ride let me know.

    January 7, 2014

    • Stuart B.

      From Toledo up 23. Will be leaving Tol around 9:00ish and be rolling through A2 around 10:00am. I already have another passenger so I only have room for 2 more. Call me @[masked] if 10am will work for you & we'll make arrangements.

      January 19, 2014

    • Lee K

      If you click on the spreadsheet, there is someone from a2 who needs a ride.

      January 20, 2014

  • Lea J.

    Wow, this sounds like a blast. I'm not able to attend, but will certainly keep it on my radar for next time. Have fun everyone!

    January 15, 2014

  • Diana M.

    I have a season pass at Boyne...so what would the finances be for me?

    December 30, 2013

    • Jim S

      obviously cheaper than the rest of us

      January 13, 2014

  • Diana M.

    Check made out to Jim Stang?

    December 30, 2013

    • Jim S

      yes, but i see you still have yet to pay

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just rsvped for this. I will be in the women's 5-bed room, correct?

    January 8, 2014

  • Eric

    Hey y'all! I have a pickup truck and a spot for one more, maybe two, to carpool. I plan on leaving Thursday afternoon and coming back Sunday night, email me if anyone is interested.

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Eric I would like to carpool with ya!

      January 9, 2014

    • Jim S

      i am very interested. those are my times as well. boyne water park after skiing on sunday too? come on!!!

      January 13, 2014

  • Chardae

    I am interested in this trip but can't come up until Friday, are there other people going up then ?

    January 9, 2014

    • Jim S

      i'm sure there are

      January 13, 2014

  • Phoebe H.

    This sounds fabulous and I'm truly interested! I'd love to meetup before and get to know some of the fellow adventurers! :)

    November 7, 2013

    • Jim S

      sounds like a great idea

      November 8, 2013

    • Eric

      Are we going to make this happen? Next week, around the Royal Oak area?

      January 10, 2014

  • John P.

    thinkin bout bringin my 9 yr. old son is this event rated PG or R?

    January 7, 2014

    • Jim S.

      That would be a nogo... XXX

      January 8, 2014

  • John P.

    Thinkin bout bringin my 9 yr. old son,

    January 7, 2014

  • John P.

    Thinkin bout bringin my 9 yr. old son,

    January 7, 2014

  • Barry

    Shell station 2 for 1 ski lift vouchers are available after January 6th!

    http://skifreedeals.com/

    2 · January 2, 2014

  • Tara T.

    This sounds like so much fun but the last time I was snowboarding was probably 8 years ago... What do you think about "beginners" on this trip?

    November 21, 2013

    • Eric

      I'm a boarder! Looking forward to this and meeting and I'll hang with y'all.

      December 17, 2013

    • Jim S

      i learned how to snowboard there a few years ago, no problem. we have many beginners joining us.

      December 28, 2013

  • Dhirender

    Man I want to go so bad, but it turns out our Carmina performance in Detroit conflicts with this trip. Had to choose one or the other :( ...I'm in the Michigan Choral Union, we're performing Carmina Burana in Detroit; for those unable to make this trip, come down to Orchestra Hall! Thanks Jim for organizing, sounds incredible you guys have fun.

    December 9, 2013

  • Keli

    Do we need to pay now for a "spot"? Or is the RSVP holding a spot?

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • lisa m.

    Jim~ im interested in the other master bedroom if its available! Lmk!

    November 24, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Man I wish I could go but I have dogs and can't find a sitter. Have fun for me everyone! #FunFunFun

    November 7, 2013

    • Jim S

      can't find a sitter three months in advance? how bad are your dogs?

      2 · November 8, 2013

    • Jonathan

      Lol. I am in....

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • Dhirender

    Hey Jim, what about snowboarding gear, I'll need to rent a snowboard and boots, do you know how much this would be? also whats up with the price hike, why not 100$ for everybody! :D

    November 8, 2013

    • Jim S

      if 100 for everyone, i would lose money. not sure on their rental prices, but my board has size 11 boots and i could loan it out for a day or two when i ski, or on sat

      November 8, 2013

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