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08-22-2014 06:23 PM
West Baden Iron Make me an offer on what's left in the original post. I'll probably take it.
08-09-2014 01:19 AM
West Baden Iron Updated the original post. Some stuff has sold and prices were lowered on what's left.
08-04-2014 04:05 PM
West Baden Iron
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pm you........
Sent you one back.
08-04-2014 03:56 PM
andyl9063 pm you........
07-28-2014 12:22 AM
West Baden Iron Updated the original listing as a few boards have sold.

Thanks
07-27-2014 10:17 PM
chomps1211
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Sorry, I realized the trip to Mt. Bohemia wouldn't be going through lower part of Michigan. I thought I could ride a few resorts in Wisc. or like Ski Brule on the way there and back to justify the long trip….

...I'm jonesing to get back on snow, so I'm talking out of my ass right now I guess.

...I'll for sure get with you about a Michigan trip later in the year. When is the normal opening date for those resorts? Here is usually between Dec. 7-20.

Thanks,
Jason
Hey no prob. I was the one who misunderstood your intentions for the "along the way" stop overs is all. Naturally there are resorts along the route I mentioned that are at least worth a day visit to break up such a monotonously long drive!

…And YEAH??? Got me some serious Snow Jones going on myself. Especially since I can't do any of the summer stuff I normally would to try (…and fail.) to fill the gap with!

Our normal openings for the Boyne & other northern spots is usually around a week earlier than those you mentioned. Earliest I've been to Boyne was Nov.28th. That was last season. But really for the last three years it's been mostly man made, and not all of the hill is open yet! Doesn't really make it worth the trip until maybe later in mid Dec. or early Jan. By then we've generally had a storm or two to make for some decent riding conditions.

The far northern, UP resorts may have had some good snow earlier than that, but I can't be sure.

Like I said,.. You should do some lurking, (…or even jump right in and post some questions when it's close to opening!) We've a couple of out of Staters
that pop in from time to time to check on things in our area! All are welcome!

Hope to see you on the snow!
07-27-2014 08:53 PM
West Baden Iron
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Whoa!!!! Hold on now. That 12 hour drive time I quoted you? At no point in that entire drive do you enter the lower half of MI!!

Your drive would take you up thr IL and WI until you cut over from WI into the UP of MI to get to those resorts like Bohemia and the Porkies, etc. Going thru MI to get to Bohemia would add another 4-5 hours to that drive!!!

Honestly, if I had known you were only 16 hours from Breck?? I would have said, "Are you nuts!!! Forget MI!! Go West young man,.. Go West!!" Lol!!! That's about a 20-22 hour drive for me!!

Now if your still interested in a decent resort at half that 16 hour drive? Then definitely look into the Boyne Resorts and Nubs. They really are good resorts with a fair bit of vert compared to the 300ft you said your home ride is.

All I can say is where I live. We have 2-3 little 300ft. hills within 1-1.5 hour drive. If your hill is anything like ours,.. I don't think you'd be disappointed in a trip to Highlands or Nubs! Even considering it's about double the drive for you than it is for me. Just remember tho, That opinion is coming from someone who's never been out West. I've only ridden 5-6 resorts here in the lower peninsula of MI.

You should look in on our MI. regional forum and maybe even PM DaveZ. I've ridden with him at several of these hills, and he's the only one I know that has been to ALL of the resorts we've mentioned including those out west. He could give you a more intelligent assessment, based on personal experience for the benefits of drive times vs. riding experience when choosing the 8 hour MI trip over the 16 hr. Breck run!

Definitely check it out. If you do opt for an 8 hour Boyne/Nubs trip? Then for sure lmk!! Definitely love to hook up for some laps!
Sorry, I realized the trip to Mt. Bohemia wouldn't be going through lower part of Michigan. I thought I could ride a few resorts in Wisc. or like Ski Brule on the way there and back to justify the long trip.

Well, I just figured out how to see all the resorts in google maps. There are a few on the way to CO so I guess that part of argument for Mt. Bohemia is out.

I'm jonesing to get back on snow, so I'm talking out of my ass right now I guess. I'll look harder at the Boyne/Nubs trip which would work better I think. I'm flying out west at least a few times this year, so there really is no need to drive there. Especially since I can fly to DIA from Indy for about $130 round trip.

I'll for sure get with you about a Michigan trip later in the year. When is the normal opening date for those resorts? Here is usually between Dec. 7-20.

Thanks,
Jason
07-27-2014 07:39 PM
chomps1211 Whoa!!!! Hold on now. That 12 hour drive time I quoted you? At no point in that entire drive do you enter the lower half of MI!!

Your drive would take you up thr IL and WI until you cut over from WI into the UP of MI to get to those resorts like Bohemia and the Porkies, etc. Going thru MI to get to Bohemia would add another 4-5 hours to that drive!!!

Honestly, if I had known you were only 16 hours from Breck?? I would have said, "Are you nuts!!! Forget MI!! Go West young man,.. Go West!!" Lol!!! That's about a 20-22 hour drive for me!!

Now if your still interested in a decent resort at half that 16 hour drive? Then definitely look into the Boyne Resorts and Nubs. They really are good resorts with a fair bit of vert compared to the 300ft you said your home ride is.

All I can say is where I live. We have 2-3 little 300ft. hills within 1-1.5 hour drive. If your hill is anything like ours,.. I don't think you'd be disappointed in a trip to Highlands or Nubs! Even considering it's about double the drive for you than it is for me. Just remember tho, That opinion is coming from someone who's never been out West. I've only ridden 5-6 resorts here in the lower peninsula of MI.

You should look in on our MI. regional forum and maybe even PM DaveZ. I've ridden with him at several of these hills, and he's the only one I know that has been to ALL of the resorts we've mentioned including those out west. He could give you a more intelligent assessment, based on personal experience for the benefits of drive times vs. riding experience when choosing the 8 hour MI trip over the 16 hr. Breck run!

Definitely check it out. If you do opt for an 8 hour Boyne/Nubs trip? Then for sure lmk!! Definitely love to hook up for some laps!
07-27-2014 06:32 PM
West Baden Iron
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OK WBI,.. To give you an example of the difference in drive times to the resorts in the UP for you and for me. To get to Mt. Bohemia, which is without a doubt the best resort in MI? For me living in S.E. Mich, it's a 10.5-11+ hour drive, (weather depending it can be longer.)

For you, because you have a straight shot up thru Wis. and into the UP? It's only an 11-12 hour drive. And your a good what? 4-5 hours south of Detroit? So if a 12 hour drive is not a deal breaker for you on any of your trips? I would say Mt Bohemia is definitely the place to go.

There are a few places in the UP that might be between 1-3 hours closer than MB, like the "Porkies" or Brule. They are supposed to be nice, with decent vert. 500-700+ ft. but I have no first hand experience with any of them. Bohemia has been reviewed by DaveZ here in our MI regional forum. And every review I've ever read on them says they are the closest thing to the Out West Big Mountain resorts this side of the Mississippi! They have over 900ft vert and regularly get 4-5 feet of POW! It's been on my bucket list for 3 Years.

Oh, and they are a NO beginners resort. Forgot to mention that. They have all kinds of un-groomed back country, glades runs, Cliff drops, etc.

So anyway, since you were talking about drives in the 7-8 hour range. the best resorts in that range are Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, and Nub's Knob. I have been to all 3 of those. I personally prefer Highlands 1st, and Nub's 2nd. They are the farthest away at 8.5 hours for you. The best part tho is Nub's is literally right across the street from Highlands! Both offer about 500 ft. vert. and have a good selection of runs. If you are really into park? Nub's is probably going to be the better choice for you.

Boyne mountain is good it is only about 30-45 min. closer and it is not as good as Highland's or Nubs. all are roughly the same in vert give or take a few ft.

There are two other places worth mentioning. They are Crystal Mountain and Caberfae Peaks. They are roughly around 1-1.5 hours closer than Highlands, but they are smaller than Boyne or Nubs. Of the two, Caberfae has better runs, not to mention it's cheaper, but it frequently gets stupid crowded! Personally,.. IMO the extra 1.5 hour drive to the Boyne's & Nubs is well worth it.

So there ya go! If you want to research the drive times and resorts on your own. Boyne Highlands and Nubs are in Harbor Springs MI. And Boyne Mt. is in Boyne Falls MI. Oh one last thing,.. Lift tickets for the Boynes? They are good for both resorts and Highlands is about 30-45 minutes north of Boyne Mt.

Good luck and if you do get up that way, lmk! I go there a lot, and if I recover fully from this back surgery, maybe we can hook up for a run or two!
Thanks for the info Chomps. I was looking at Mt. Bohemia last night. That definitely seems like the place to go. I was just struggling with the thought of 12 hours to a midwest resort and 16 hours to Breck, Copper, etc. I guess I can visit a few resorts on the way up and back going to Mt. Bohemia, where I can't really do that going to CO.

If I do decide to go in your neck of the woods, I'll definitely look you up. I need to get to Michigan soon anyway. I'm 40 and have lived 1 state away my whole life and have never been there except flying through Detroit.
07-27-2014 05:48 PM
emt.elikahan I pm'd you
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