Boyne Mountain will debut the SkyBridge Michigan, a pedestrian walkway that will be the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge with a span of 1,203 feet, in June 2022. It’s one of several new projects, and the most visible, the Boyne team is undertaking at its Boyne Falls, Mich., property as part of its Renaissance 2.0 plan, which is guiding the resort’s development for the next decade.
Echoing Michigan’s famous five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which connects upper and lower Michigan, The SkyBridge Michigan will stretch between the peaks of two popular ski runs. While traversing the bridge, visitors will find themselves nearly 120 feet off the ground, giving them a panoramic view of Boyne Valley. It will connect with the resort’s paved trail system and will be open year-round.
“This new attraction is modeled after the wildly successful Gatlinburg SkyBridge at our sister property, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park in Tennessee, and is an even more sensational architectural masterpiece with its timber-frame design, a nod to the logging heritage of Northern Michigan,” a resort spokesperson said. SkyBridge Michigan is being designed and built by Experiential Resources, Inc. (ERi), which also created the Gatlinburg SkyBridge.
Among the other items on Boyne’s Renaissance 2.0 agenda are upgrades to the ski resort including lift and snowmaking systems, renovated guest accommodations, and an outdoor expansion of its popular Avalanche Bay waterpark complex.
Stephen Kircher, CEO and president of Boyne Resorts, called the development plan a major step for the 75-year-old company. “We are excited to again build on its incredible foundation of innovative industry firsts with the next generation of attractions and our heritage of elevating the Midwest resort experience,” he said.