UPDATE:  More than 80 people attended this program, hosted by  Boyne USA and the Kircher family and friends.    Here we are watching the entertaining presentation by Ed Grice, General Manager.

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Watch Ed Grice’s presentation by clicking HERE.

Summary of Our Program

More than eighty people attended our May program, “60 Years of Boyne USA” at the Boyne Mountain Grand Lodge in Boyne Falls, Michigan. Ed Grice, Manager of the Resort, presented “Boyne USA – 60 Years of Vision,” and shared personal anecdotes based on his many years working at the resort.

Ed’s presentation began with the founding of the resort in 1947 by Everett Kircher, John Norton, and Jim Christianson. The men surveyed many sites in northern Michigan before choosing Boyne, and purchased the original 40 acres for one dollar, setting in motion a trend-setting enterprise that contributed significantly to the Boyne area economy. Those attending the presentation were able to see some of Boyne Mountain’s innovations first-hand: parts of several of the early ski lifts and artificial snow-making machines.

Jack Rader, who had been hired by Tom Symons in 1970 to photograph people and activities at the Mountain, shared his rarely-seen photos. He also modeled his bright paisley snow attire, complete with an attached lift ticket from January of 1970. He is the man on the left in our cover page photo, standing next to Ed Grice.

Molly Clark Kircher, wife of Stephen Kircher, introduced her new book, Boyne: People, History Memories, which she was inspired to write after digging through archives for photographs to help her decorate a retro apres-ski party. Molly signed copies of her book for attendees of the program.

CCHPS member Donna Moll, whose husband Chuck managed the resort from 1950 until 1989 and whom Everett Kircher called his “right-hand man, closest friend, and confidant,’ then shared her recollections of the early days of the resort.

The program concluded with comments by Stephen Kircher, who spoke about his childhood memories and his vision for Boyne’s future; and Lois Kircher, Everett’s wife, who told us how she came to be Mrs. Kircher.