Boyne Resorts’ Michigan Properties Fully Implement New Energy Efficient Snowmaking Technology

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Creating the World’s Most Energy Efficient Marginal Temperature Snowmaking System.

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The full implementation of this new technology not only drastically cuts our energy consumption, it also has been confirmed to improve the already industry leading quality level by making our snow....

This winter, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, are rolling out a significant enhancement to the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan guns that makes the fleet the most energy efficient marginal temperature snowmaking system in the world. This breakthrough in technology slashes energy usage by over 50% from already industry leading levels. The energy savings during a normal snowmaking session would be the equivalent of powering 30,000 100-watt lightbulbs.

“The full implementation of this new technology not only drastically cuts our energy consumption, it also has been confirmed to improve the already industry leading quality level by making our snow even drier than the previous technology creating the opportunity for even higher quality snow surfaces,” said Stephen Kircher, president of Boyne Resorts. “I am so proud of what the team has accomplished in creating this milestone of efficiency and how this truly is an example of the holy grail of energy sustainability efforts, significantly lowering our carbon footprint while improving the guest experience”

The resorts first began testing the new nozzle prototypes in 2015 on two of the resorts’ most popular runs to confirm the energy savings and quality improvements. For the 2017/18 season, the resorts have fully implemented the design enhancement on more than 460 snow guns.

The composition of the proprietary Boyne Low-E fan gun was created by Boyne Resorts’ Michigan based team in conjunction with the world's leading snow gun manufacturer, SMI of Midland, Michigan.

For information about Boyne Mountain, visit boynemountain.com or call 866.759.1472.

For information on Boyne Highlands Resort, please visit boynehighlands.com, or call 866.759.3530.

Located in Boyne Falls, Michigan, Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned TripAdvisorCertificates of Excellence, been named among the Top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers, recognized as a Top 10 Indoor Waterpark by Budget Travel and is a Spa Magazine Readers’ Choice Favorite. Boyne Mountain offers 60 runs on 415 skiable acres, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark featuring The Big Couloir extreme body slide, The Spa, Zipline Adventures, two golf courses, disc golf, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids’ programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities and real estate. Boyne Mountain is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

Boyne Highlands Resort is a family-owned, four-season destination located in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Established in 1963, Boyne Highlands is the largest ski area in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with 435 skiable acres and also offers the highest vertical terrain. Resort attractions include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire snow biking, tubing, Zipline Adventures, 81 holes of golf, spa, lift-serviced mountain biking and Bike Park, kids’ programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities and real estate. Boyne Highlands has been recognized by the readers of OnTheSnow.com as Midwest’s Favorite Downhill Terrain, named the Best Ski Resort in Michigan by The Oakland Press and offers Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play. Boyne Highlands is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

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