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!
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.
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