Update on Boyne Highlands fire; slopes reopen Friday

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin has confirmed that 12 people were injured and were transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital by ambulance and personal vehicles.

Updated Statement Regarding Fire at Boyne Highlands’ Main Lodge Hotel

Inspectors from the Harbor Springs Area Fire Department and the Michigan State Fire Marshal’s office returned to Boyne Highlands Resort Monday Dec. 12, to resume analyzing a fire which damaged approximately 40 percent of the resort’s Main Lodge hotel.

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin has confirmed that 12 people were injured and were transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital by ambulance and personal vehicles.

One person was transferred to a hospital downstate for treatment of serious smoke inhalation, according to a news release from the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our first concern remains with those injured,” said Mike Chumbler, the resort’s president and general manager. “We will continue to do whatever we can to support them.”

Chumbler also expressed thanks to the local, regional and state agencies who managed the emergency as well as the overwhelmingly supportive response and assistance coming from the local community and hospitality industry.

“The Harbor Springs Fire Department, other area fire departments, the Emmet County Sheriff’s office – there are too many to name,” he said. “We are incredibly grateful to them all for their response and aid to our guests and our team.”

Boyne Highlands remains closed today as previously planned, which it would have been regardless of the fire.

The resort is currently in its early winter season operating mode, which means limited operations during  midweek periods between Thanksgiving and mid-December. An announcement regarding re-opening of the resort and slopes will be made very soon.

Chumbler said that Boyne Highlands has started contacting guests with future reservations in the hotel in order to discuss resort lodging options. He also said that many parts of the structure were undamaged and will be re-opened after cleanup.

The resort has nearly 400 accommodation units on property, with a total of 148 guest rooms in the Main Lodge.

Boyne Highlands expects to release additional information as updates become available.

Slopes Re-Open This Friday

Many are asking, so your answer is here: the Boyne Highlands slopes are re-opening as originally scheduled. Our lifts will be turning and slopes will be groomed to welcome you starting at 9am on Friday!

As you may know, the resort’s Main Lodge hotel was damaged by fire yesterday. We will continue work on that, but it doesn’t impact snow conditions, terrain access or the skiing and riding experience offered at Boyne Highlands Resort.

We recognize that the interest is especially high since Friday is 6-for-1 Day… our annual celebration which pays homage to America’s first six person, high-speed chairlift and is still spinning at Boyne Mountain. Delighting skiers with six tickets for the price of one is a tradition we look forward to every season.

Our snowmaking crew gets back to it this evening and we’ll re-open with expanded terrain. Dining and bar options will be available, plus lodging in the Bartley House, Heather Highlands Inn or any of our condominiums/townhouses/rental homes is available and can be reserved online.

For the latest snow conditions and resort updates, please visit boynehighlands.com.