70 hour challenge for 70 years at Boyne Mountain
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU)-- It's hard to believe that it all started with one dollar, but that is exactly what Boyne Mountain was purchased for in 1949 by founder, Everett Kircher.
Now, 70 years later, the mountain is celebrating its anniversary with a bevy of exciting events throughout the weekend.
Particularly unique, is Boyne's 70 Hour Mountain Challenge. The event will keep Boyne Mountain's chairlifts and trails open for 70 straight hours, allowing people to ski and snowboard at any hour.
The mountain encourages people to sign up for the challenge, which runs through Saturday afternoon, not only for a fun time, but to help an important cause.
All proceeds from the event, including registration and lift ticket fees, will go to Challenge Mountain, a non-profit organization offering adaptive recreational activities to those living with disabilities.
Boyne Mountain has always had a close relationship with Challenge Mountain, in fact, Kircher donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain for $1 back in 1984. At that time the organization was the first independent adaptive skiing program in northern Michigan.
Today, 35 years later, Challenge Mountain offers many different types of recreation opportunities, year-round, to enrich and empower those with disabilities.
Elizabeth Looze, executive director of Challenge Mountain, notes the organizations importance, "Everyone deserves the opportunity to go out and experience life and adventure."
The 70 Hour Mountain Challenge started on Wednesday and runs through Saturday at 2 p.m. and prizes will be given out at the conclusion.
There are several other events happening throughout the weekend to commemorate seven decades of Boyne Mountain and to reflect on how far the resort has come.
Kari Roder, director of marketing at Boyne Mountain, explains, "70 years to us is really telling the tale that if you dream big, you can make big things happen."
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