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:
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