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    Posted: Jan/16/2011 at 11:13am
Getting ready to move back to Michigan and I am looking forward to meeting up with my old riding buddies. Where do you recommend going? I plan on doing all types of riding, what resort offers the most variety in NORTHERN MI??

And what type of board set up do you guys use? I am just getting back into snowboarding so bear with me..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 2:11pm
I personally like Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, but I guess it really depends on what kind of riding you do.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 2:49pm

I ride mostly at bittersweet in kzoo.  The terrain there isnt steep or anything special but they build some of the biggest jumps in michigan. But if your going northern MI nubs nob or one of the boynes is probably best.  As for set up im currently on a signal omni, missions, and 32 lashed boots.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 2:50pm
The best ride in Michigan is to save your $$ and head west.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 11:28am
Originally posted by BFBF

The best ride in Michigan is to save your $$ and head west.
ideally yes but MI actually has some nice places to ride if you know where to go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 11:42am
Crystal is a good mountain as it is pretty big, can't say anything about nubs or boyne, but I liked Crystal a lot
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/25/2011 at 11:31am
Boyne and nubs are both bigger than crystal but a lot of the same terrain as crystal
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/25/2011 at 12:03pm
Welcome back!
 
Boyne Mt. is easy to get to from lower MI & is well run.  Was there this past weekend and they had all sorts of park & terrain features set up & a huge half-pipe.  Also have a great beginner's area and are extremely kid friendly.
Boyne Highlands & Nub's are right across the street from each other in Harbor Springs & are a little tougher to get to off of I-75. 
 
Both Boyne's are comparable and are great hills for this area. I've never been to Nub's but the guys I've talked to who have ridden it say it has more "vertical" runs than either of the Boynes.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/25/2011 at 12:47pm
I've had a ton of fun this season riding both Boynes on a Sierra Reverse Crew.

I also have a Burton Custom & a Custom Ltd. (rockered) & the RC is definitely softer than both of the Burtons but it still holds it's edges well and is great for playing around on.

I'm not really a park rider but I would imagine it would perform well there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2011 at 7:37am
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Welcome back!
 
Boyne Mt. is easy to get to from lower MI & is well run.  Was there this past weekend and they had all sorts of park & terrain features set up & a huge half-pipe.  Also have a great beginner's area and are extremely kid friendly.
Boyne Highlands & Nub's are right across the street from each other in Harbor Springs & are a little tougher to get to off of I-75. 
 
Both Boyne's are comparable and are great hills for this area. I've never been to Nub's but the guys I've talked to who have ridden it say it has more "vertical" runs than either of the Boynes.
 
 
nubs almost always has better snow conditons and grooming than both of the boynes.  One nice thing about the boynes is that you can go to either with 1 lift ticket.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2011 at 6:45am
Boyne is probably the best place to go if you want to go up north.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/20/2011 at 8:12am
go to schuss if you like the park. if not go to nubs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/08/2011 at 12:58pm
Nubs Nob is really amazing...for michigan at least. they have a race track, half pipe, and a cool terrain park.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 5:45am
I'll echo previous statements. Nubs has the best snow in the L.P., followed by the boynes. I would say boyne highlands has more to do than the mountain. Schuss/Shanty is pretty nice and mellow. There's some good wooded areas to mess with at all the above. No one has yet mentioned the Opark in homosexual (sorry, this site changes the city name to homosexual). The Opark has a 22' pipe and jibs for days. If you go to the warren miller flick in the fall they usually give you a buy 1 get 4 free @ the O and a buy1 get1 for boyne.
If you're adventurous and have some time on your hands go to Mt. Bohemia in the U.P. 900' untouched backcountry. It's got cliff drops and tree runs galore. Most of the other hills in the U.P. sound to be much like the boynes but steeper. Indianhead, Brule, the porkies and a few other hot spots are up there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 5:56am
Originally posted by Railkiss

I'll echo previous statements. Nubs has the best snow in the L.P., followed by the boynes. I would say boyne highlands has more to do than the mountain. Schuss/Shanty is pretty nice and mellow. There's some good wooded areas to mess with at all the above. No one has yet mentioned the Opark in homosexual (sorry, this site changes the city name to homosexual). The Opark has a 22' pipe and jibs for days. If you go to the warren miller flick in the fall they usually give you a buy 1 get 4 free @ the O and a buy1 get1 for boyne.
If you're adventurous and have some time on your hands go to Mt. Bohemia in the U.P. 900' untouched backcountry. It's got cliff drops and tree runs galore. Most of the other hills in the U.P. sound to be much like the boynes but steeper. Indianhead, Brule, the porkies and a few other hot spots are up there.


+2 for Bohemia. Like...for reals...haha

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 6:03am
^^ Railkiss - Post links to your videos again, I'd like to view them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 10:52am
http://youtu.be/GuaPr-6Aceg?hd=1

http://youtu.be/hk_M0ZJlANk?hd=1

hopefully those links work. I've seen people post vids on here, but can't seem to get my own to post right.

Like the video description says, we're not that great, but we love snowboarding. We don't get much snow in the Detroit area, so we make our own in our postage stamp backyard. And get out once and a while. I think our video from last year, "Hood Lab", has footage from Nubs, the Opark, and I think Boyne Mt. It's up on youtube too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 10:56am
Oh, and I noticed the site changed the name of the city that the Opark is in again to homosexual,MI. It's in G a ylord, MI if that will work for TruSnow
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 11:44am
Railkiss - Thanks for the links.  Looks like you guys are having fun and that's all that matters.  Good music, too.

I live in western metro Detroit, what side of town do you live?

Locally we hit Mt. Holly and Alpine Valley.  Last winter we went to Boyne Highlands a couple times and Caberfae once.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/15/2011 at 12:29pm
We live SE of Detroit. We used to hit Alpine a lot, but haven't the past few seasons. Holly and Pine Knob are where we usually go in this area. Caberfae is fun, we had a deal on lift tickets a few years back, like $5 or something crazy like that.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/27/2011 at 11:49am
Originally posted by batmanwest

Originally posted by Railkiss

I'll echo previous statements. Nubs has the best snow in the L.P., followed by the boynes. I would say boyne highlands has more to do than the mountain. Schuss/Shanty is pretty nice and mellow. There's some good wooded areas to mess with at all the above. No one has yet mentioned the Opark in homosexual (sorry, this site changes the city name to homosexual). The Opark has a 22' pipe and jibs for days. If you go to the warren miller flick in the fall they usually give you a buy 1 get 4 free @ the O and a buy1 get1 for boyne.
If you're adventurous and have some time on your hands go to Mt. Bohemia in the U.P. 900' untouched backcountry. It's got cliff drops and tree runs galore. Most of the other hills in the U.P. sound to be much like the boynes but steeper. Indianhead, Brule, the porkies and a few other hot spots are up there.


+2 for Bohemia. Like...for reals...haha



BOHEMIA!!!! +200 billion!!!!!!
Shred the Volcano!!! Bohemia is an extinct prehistoric volcano! It's the best place in the mid-west if U like to ride trees and powder on good steep terrain!!!!!!!
Sick terrain up there!!!  I'm going again this season for sure!! Powpowpalooza #3! Look for the forum thread.. at some point this season.  It will probably be late january to early feb zone.

Boyne resorts r the best in the lower P.  I havn't been to Nubs yet (somehow after riding in MI for 20+ yrs)...I need to get to nubs... I ride caberfae a lot (i live in grand rapids only about an hr and 20 mins away) it's ok.. terrain is pretty fun. The snow is usually good.  I have had some great powder days there.  The park features are lacking. night riding is fun there, smaller crowds.  There are always deals going on for caberfae... check http://www.liftopia.com great deals there for a lot of MI resorts!!!

GO TO BOHEMIA THIS SEASON!! Big smileClap

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/03/2011 at 9:50am
Don't know how accessible the UP is from the northern part of the Mitt, but Mt. Bohemia is legit amazing.  By Midwest standards, it's downright godly.  This presumes you've got the experience, skill, and balls to hit steep ungroomed terrain.  I've ridden all around Tahoe, few places in Colorado and UT, and top to bottom Bohemia is by far the gnarliest resort I've ever ridden.  Not necessarily the best, but the steepest and most challenging (although I've hit equally challenging RUNS at other hills).  Need to hit it with good snow though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/03/2011 at 10:28am
I live in Michigan, lower peninsula, SE part of the state.  I estimate getting to Bohemia would take me about 10 hours.  According to Mapquest Bohemia is 9 hours 33 minutes (549 miles) from my home.  Sheesh, that's a lot of driving.  MikeD has me convinced that I have to make the trek one day, now I have to convince my riding buddies (and convince my wife to let me go for a week...).
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Damn, that's further than I have to drive from Minnesota.  Michigan is a big ass state.
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Originally posted by ctoma

I live in Michigan, lower peninsula, SE part of the state.  I estimate getting to Bohemia would take me about 10 hours.  According to Mapquest Bohemia is 9 hours 33 minutes (549 miles) from my home.  Sheesh, that's a lot of driving.  MikeD has me convinced that I have to make the trek one day, now I have to convince my riding buddies (and convince my wife to let me go for a week...).


TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!

video proof of good terrian  (about 25% as good as the stuff U can't see for the lift)

It is Michigan!! I swear!!! Wink Big smile

oh.. p.s  Bohemia averages about 280'' per season!


 






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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/31/2011 at 8:18pm
What is the best place to go in the southern, southwest Michigan/nw Indiana area?  Just looking for the best down slopes, no park.
 
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What is the best place to go in the southern, southwest Michigan/nw Indiana area?  Just looking for the best down slopes, no park.
 
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the ski areas in SW MI and N IN thrive on the park crowd and beginners. so U are going to run into a lot of places that focus on park.  The place w/ the best runs (not park) in SW MI is Timber Ridge near Kalamazoo.  It's in an area where lake effect snow bands setup.  So, it can be really good!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/01/2011 at 4:15pm
Timber Ridge is okay I grew up skiing there before I switched to snowboarding.  The problem with southwest Michigan is there is no vertical, that is why it is mainly beginner and park. Bittersweet has a nice park which is near Kalamazoo as well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/01/2011 at 7:22pm
Is there anywhere near 94 between Chicago and say the Benton Harbor area that is any good?  I have only really boarded at Wilmot mountain and Alpine Valley in southern Wisconsin if that helps at all in comparrison
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2011 at 1:18pm
There isn't anything I know of, you are probably better off driving a little farther and going to cascade, devil's head, or Chestnut
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Just spotted the first snow in the GR area! WOOT WOOT!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2011 at 3:01am
my lady already said it-  BOHEMIA!!!!   killer pow last year.   can't wait to hit it again this season.   Down state- Nubs and the boynes are pretty cool.   Always good snow at nubs.
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