1-9-05, what I assume to be the final update to this epic event (epic to plan for sure). First of all, I'm not going to punish myself (and some of you) by posting this event in two places and have all the confusion of multiple RSVP pages. I will have one master list on one page. Secondly, if you want to make both of our lives easier and want to ensure a spot next year, please pay me the same amount for the special rooms, $100 for all regular beds (which means $200 for doubles), or $75 for floor spots, cash or check. The prices will be higher for other people.
Regardless on how you signed up, there is only one master carpool/food/cleaning spread sheet, be sure to add your name to both sections if you intend to show up. If your name does not appear in both sections, I will not expect to see you there.
The following is the official information that was sent to me by the owner:
Lot #81 The Reserve 02064 Kitzbuhel, Boyne Falls, MI 49713
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 (2,5,8,0 enter) and is located on the wall next to the door. When closing the garage from the outside it is the same (2,5,8,0 enter).
At the end of Kitzbuhel Road is the Kitz Warming Cabin. It is only used by the residents of the Reserve. The pass-key (white plastic credit card size) is in the home. You can only enter with the pass-key. This is where we ski out and ski back to the house. It’s just a short walk from the house. When you ski out from the Kitz Cabin, it takes you down the back of Super Bowl. You can return the same way and walk up to the home. It’s very simple and convenient. Non-skiers will have to drive down the mountain and drive into the Resort.
Just a note: There are sometimes serious weather conditions on the mountain and the roads become covered by snow very quickly. We have always driven a vehicle that has a four-wheel drive. You should always be very cautious of the snow conditions. Even on our driveway, if it’s too slippery or snow covered, just park on the street. You don’t want to get stuck on the steep driveway. The driveway is plowed by 6:00 am if there is a 2-3 inch snowfall. The mountain passes are plowed often too, but plowed by different companies.
HOW TO “SKI OUT” TO THE MOUNTAIN: Out of every house up there, ours is located in the best possible spot, just a very short walk to the gigantic warming hut. You can walk (I always do) or drive to this hut, and we can use it with a key card pass for wi-fi and to just hang out in (although I never have). The run directly behind it is called Cold Spring. By skiing down it you can easily reach a lift. There is no problem using the first lift without a lift ticket until you get the chance to go up again before you can reach the main area (look for the clock tower) to buy your lift tickets. On the way back, take the Superbowl lift, ski toward Cold Springs run, and you’ll see the hut very quickly. If Superbowl is closed, then take Cold Springs from the top of the main 6-person chair lift, look up the mountain and about half way down you’ll see the hut. Take off your skis or board, and climb a short way up to the hut. Of course, this is all assuming you don’t have to rent. If you do, you’ll need to drive all the way to the main area and drive back.
HOW TO “SKI OUT” TO XC SKI: Directly across from the huge warming hut is a path that leads to the many beautiful groomed cross-country trails. I typically do this on Saturday, my recovery day. If you need to rent, then you’ll need to drive to the XC rental building, which is completely separate from the main Boyne complex where you’d rent alpine gear.
THE WATER PARK: After years of trying, I finally drove up with a carpool cool enough to let me use it, so I can write about it from personal experience. The main attraction is the Flow Rider, or surfing simulator. There are very few of these in the country, and a few more on deluxe cruise ships. I won’t lie to you, it’s not easy to get the hang of but, once you do, you feel freaking awesome!!! There are also two great water slides and a “shoot” where the bottom drops out from under you (huge hint from learning the hard way: keep your legs crossed and your head tucked forward, or else!). It is one hell of a rush! It’s usually packed on Saturdays, so the best time to go (and for the best price) would be on Sunday after 4PM. Sure, you get home much later but, trust me, it’s well worth it. MY RECOMMENDED 4-DAY SCHEDULE (of course you are free to do whatever you like)
THR--arrive as early as possible for maximum fun. I’ll try to arrive early to help with beds. If you don’t buy a specific bedroom (master or private or two fulls upstairs), it will be first come-first serve. But really, other than those rooms, the rest are generally equal anyway. We eat, play games, and try not to party too hard, because Friday will be huge.
FRI—Great breakfast, hit the slopes ASAP, go hard, then go home and eat and party. This is the day I normally party hardest, and almost everyone ends up carpooling to the hot tub.
SAT—Nice relaxing 2-hour breakfast, rest, games, xc skiing, games (basement has ping pong, pool, air hockey, and so much more), more hot tub, games (people usually bring up group dance video games and more), eat, party. Of course, some people ski this day as well.
SUN—This is the only day the Shell Ski Free pass will work, so take advantage of it! I usually snowboard on this day, come back around noon to make sure everyone is packed up and out of the house by 1PM, then board some more, then hit the water park. Kelli and I had an awesome time at the water park last year. I really hope more people join us this year. Surfing was the best, but we also loved the best water slides ever! Let’s just say I sleep pretty well Sunday night.