great things happen together

Calendar of Events

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group or family activities, or to visit the lodge.

Dec
31
Sun
New Year’s Eve
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
1
Mon
New Year’s Day
Jan 1 all-day
Jan
5
Fri
Adaptive Ski Lessons, Individual and Family
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Challenge Mountain utilizes adaptive equipment, when needed, to support a positive experience for individuals participating in snowsports activities. From sit skis to bi-skis, from snowboards to snowshoes, from sleds to helmets, participants have access to equipment at no charge thanks for generous donor support.

Skiing is at the core of Challenge Mountain, dating back to the organizations roots in 1984. Participating in outdoor activities is important to feeling part of a community. Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group activities, family outings and lodge visits.

 

A Little Skiing Background

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 available for her 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 Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts, donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain and Darla’s dream became a reality. This was just the beginning to what has grown to become year-round adaptive recreation programs and opportunities for individuals living with disabilities in northern Michigan and beyond.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Jan
10
Wed
75 Hour Mountain Challenge
Jan 10 @ 2:00 pm – Jan 13 @ 5:00 pm

75 Hour Challenge – Celebrating 75 years of Boyne Mountain and 40 years of Challenge Mountain

Begins | Wednesday, January 10, 2pm

Ends | Saturday, January 13, 5pm

Challenge Mountain Awards Party | Saturday, January 13, 5 – 7pm

Ski All Night Long

The challenge starts Wednesday, January 10 at 2pm and concludes Saturday, January 13 at 5pm.  A single dollar and 40 acres of land was just the beginning for our resort pioneer, Everett Kircher. Now 75 years later, we celebrate the weekend that put the first skiers at the summit of the famed Hemlock with the 75 Hour Challenge.

  • Lifts Spin 75 Hours Straight
  • Benefits Challenge Mountain
  • All Ages Welcome

Register a team or sign up individually – 100% of the registration fees and lift tickets sold  benefit Challenge Mountain, where individuals living with disabilities enjoy adaptive recreational opportunities like skiing, biking, and horseback riding. Raise more funds by collecting pledges for each lap you or your team makes across the 75 hours of skiing. Prizes for most money raised and most laps for teams and individuals. Each participant receives swag bag with commemorative hat, pin, and a chance to win a pair of custom Shaggy’s skis!

CLICK HERE for registration details and featured events

 


A Little Challenge Mountain Skiing Background

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 available for her 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 Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts, donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain and Darla’s dream became a reality. This was just the beginning to what has grown to become year-round adaptive recreation programs and opportunities for individuals living with disabilities in northern Michigan and beyond.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Jan
11
Thu
Adaptive Skiing with Char-Em ISD
Jan 11 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

 

Challenge Mountain utilizes adaptive equipment, when needed, to support a positive experience for individuals participating in snowsports activities. From sit skis to bi-skis, from snowboards to snowshoes, from sleds to helmets, participants have access to equipment at no charge thanks to generous donor support.

Skiing is at the core of Challenge Mountain, dating back to the organization’s roots in 1984. Participating in outdoor activities is important to feeling part of a community. Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group activities, family outings and lodge visits.

 

A Little Skiing Background

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 available for her 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.

Jan
13
Sat
Awards Party – 75 Hour Mountain Challenge
Jan 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

   

75 Hour Challenge Awards Party

Challenge Mountain Awards Party | Saturday, January 13, 5 – 7pm

After the 75 Hour challenge ends join us for a celebration of terrific records, funds raised, and prizes! Continue the fun, gather for some much needed rest and relive the most epic 75 hour challenge Boyne Mountain has ever seen in celebration of 75 years of Boyne Mountain & 40 years of Challenge Mountain!

Jan
15
Mon
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 15 all-day
Jan
17
Wed
Adaptive Ski Lessons, Individual and Family
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Challenge Mountain utilizes adaptive equipment, when needed, to support a positive experience for individuals participating in snowsports activities. From sit skis to bi-skis, from snowboards to snowshoes, from sleds to helmets, participants have access to equipment at no charge thanks for generous donor support.

Skiing is at the core of Challenge Mountain, dating back to the organizations roots in 1984. Participating in outdoor activities is important to feeling part of a community. Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group activities, family outings and lodge visits.

 

A Little Skiing Background

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 available for her 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 Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts, donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain and Darla’s dream became a reality. This was just the beginning to what has grown to become year-round adaptive recreation programs and opportunities for individuals living with disabilities in northern Michigan and beyond.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Creative Arts Studio at Crooked Tree, Session I
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The donor wanted an arts-focused program available to individuals living with disabilities living with cognitive and physical disabilities. Typically six-week sessions, participants learn art fundamentals and art history while applying skills to create everything from paintings to three-dimensional crafts. 

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.

Jan
18
Thu
Adaptive Skiing with Char-Em Alanson
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Challenge Mountain utilizes adaptive equipment, when needed, to support a positive experience for individuals participating in snowsports activities. From sit skis to bi-skis, from snowboards to snowshoes, from sleds to helmets, participants have access to equipment at no charge thanks for generous donor support.

Skiing is at the core of Challenge Mountain, dating back to the organizations roots in 1984. Participating in outdoor activities is important to feeling part of a community. Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group activities, family outings and lodge visits.

 

A Little Skiing Background

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 available for her 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 Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts, donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain and Darla’s dream became a reality. This was just the beginning to what has grown to become year-round adaptive recreation programs and opportunities for individuals living with disabilities in northern Michigan and beyond.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.