75-Hour Mountain Challenge

A Big Deal, Indeed:
Boyne Mountain and Challenge Mountain
Celebrate Collective Anniversaries
with 75-Hour Mountain Challenge

When an idea takes off, that’s one type of milestone.
But when years—and decades—accumulate, one after another, that’s something else indeed.
We call that a big deal.


Challenge Mountain and Boyne Mountain are teaming up once again to celebrate their many decades of success – 40 years for Challenge Mountain and 75 years for Boyne Mountain.

Hit the slopes for the 75-HOUR MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE and help generate big bucks for adaptive recreational programming when 100% of registration fees will be donated to Challenge Mountain. The four-day event is a fun challenge for one’s personal best and an opportunity to support an inclusive adaptive recreation program that is changing the lives of people with disabilities.

Online REGISTRATION is open.

Then, participants can raise more funds by collecting pledges. Prizes will be awarded for most money raised and most laps for teams and individuals. Participants receive a swag bag with commemorative hat, pin, swag and a chance to win a pair of custom Shaggy’s skis!

Support an Individual or Team by PLEDGING.

Just feeling supportive, give ONLINE in honor Challenge Mountain’s 40th Anniversary!


A Shared History

In the winter of 1948/49, a single dollar and 40 acres of land was the beginning of Boyne Mountain Resort, then known as Boyne Ski Club. Starting with two runs, the first chairlift in the Midwest, and a warming hut, Everett Kircher began a resort and leisure corporation that now spans the continent. Nearly eight decades later, the spirit of adventure continues to thrive.

Challenge Mountain began as a dream of Darla Evans, a parent of a child living with a disability. Her daughter was confined to a wheelchair with limited opportunities to experience activities with family and friends. In 1982, Darla took her daughter, Chrissy, to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado, so she could learn to ski like her siblings and friends.

By the end of the week, five-year-old Chrissy was skiing with special equipment adapted to her needs. She discovered a freedom she had never known, self-confidence and self-esteem! The operator of the Winter Park program refused to accept payment for the week of skiing. Instead, he elicited a promise from Darla that she return to Michigan and begin a similar program, and this is where the story of Challenge Mountain begins.

In 1984 Kircher, encouraged by his wife Lois, donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain and Darla’s dream became a reality. This was just the beginning to what has grown into year-round adaptive recreational programs and opportunities for people living with disabilities in northern Michigan and beyond.

Challenge Mountain believes that having access to and participating in recreational and social activities is integral to the well-being and fulfillment of every person. “For many of us, the activities we enjoy are easily accessible,” shares Elizabeth Gertz, Challenge Mountain Executive Director. “This is not the case for children and adults living with disabilities.” In rural northern Michigan, these opportunities are even more limited.

“With support from donors and supporters like Boyne Mountain Resort, Challenge Mountain will continue to provide adaptive recreational programs year-round — from adaptive skiing to kayaking, from adaptive biking to dance,” Gertz adds. “And, all are provided FREE of charge.”


“Participation in the 75-hour Mountain Challenge will help to continue this inclusive environment, remove financial barriers and provide the opportunity for youth and adults with disabilities to live full and active lives.”

Can’t make the anniversary celebration? You can still support the 75-hour Mountain Challenge with a donation.

Photos from 9&10 News Live Broadcast from Boyne Mountain Resort to promote the 75-hour Mountain Challenge.








Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.