Boyne Falls, MI

Enjoy Fall and Dream of Winter During Skitoberfest at Boyne Mountain Resort

Tracy Stengel
One of the amazing live performers at 2019 Skitoberfest.Photo via Boyne Mountain Resort Facebook page.

Avid skiers can get an early start to the season by attending the 12th Annual Skitoberfest on Saturday, October 2nd at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. It’s a family-friendly day of fun to get stoked for sunny, windless, snowy days on the slopes!

Skitoberfest’s Winter Expo will have everything you need to gear up. Check out the newest trends and products from the some of the best brands in the business including Nordica, Smith, Volkl, Rossignol, Head, and Technica. You’ll find a huge selection of apparel, skis, boots, and accessories in Village Lane.

You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy Skitoberfest. There will be live music from the Hey Cuz Band from 12:30 PM — 5:30 PM followed by DJ Bill Da Cat from 6 PM — 11 PM.
Stein Hoisting at the 2019 Skitoberfest.Photo courtesy of the author.

Feeling like flexing? Get into the Stein Hoisting competition! From 1 PM — 5 PM contestants will compete with others to keep two full steins of beer raised while keeping their arms straight in front of them. Those whose arms fall will not advance to the Stein Hoisting Championship Round at 5:15. It sounds easy, but it’s tougher than what you’d think! It’s worth a shot, though, because the winners will receive a one night stay at Boyne Mountain Resort!

Keg Bowling will be rolling from 12 PM — 6 PM. Throughout the afternoon, there will be fire performances, stilt walkers, and live “statues.” The Gymnastics Show is from 3:30 PM — 4:00 PM.

One of the funniest events of Skitoberfest is the 106 KHQ Pond Pedal at 2 PM. Contestants attempt to ride bicycles across the pond on a narrow plank supported by a line of inner tubes. Expect to see a lot of nose dives and a lot of water splashing as folks take a tumble!
A very tall man at the 2019 Skitoberfest.Photo courtesy of the author.

Food vendors will be selling an array of yummy food and snacks such as pizza from the Trophy Room, tacos, soft pretzels, brats, and cinnamon rolls. Local breweries, distilleries, and vineyards will be selling their best craft beer, liquor, and wine.

You can let your kids have unlimited fun from 12 PM — 6 PM by buying them a Kid’s Zone Pass. For those 5 and under, the pass is $10. For children 6 and up, the pass is $20. The Kid Zone is packed with activities sure to delight the little ones. There will be pony rides, inflatables, hill tubing, paintball target practice, and keg building. They can express their creativity with chalk art on Village Lane and by decorating skis!
A live "statue" at the 2019 Skitoberfest.Photo courtesy of the author.

As always, people will gather around the huge Pray for Snow Bonfire to finish off a beautiful fall day in Northern Michigan.

Like they say at Boyne Mountain, “Ski ya there!”

If you’ve been to Skitoberfest at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, tell me in the comments what you loved the best!

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