In addition to the four-season resort properties, Boyne Resorts also operates a highly successful scenic chairlift, Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Overlooking the great Smokey Mountains National Park. The lift, which he engineered and installed in 1953, carries over 300,000 passengers annually.
Of all the Boyne Resorts golf destinations, Bay Harbor Golf Club and The Inn at Bay Harbor are of special interest to the Kircher family and to the golf and travel industry worldwide. Bay Harbor Golf Club's three championship courses, created by veteran architect, Arthur Hills and spearheaded by Everett Kircher and his son Stephen Kircher, have continued to earn high honors.
In 1998, Bay Harbor Golf Club hosted the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf match between Tom Lehman and Phil Mickelson. Other honors include top rankings from national golf publications including the #8 ranking in the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" by Golf Magazine and selected as one of the "Top 100 Golf Courses for Women" by Golf for Women Magazine.
Joining the golf club along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay is The Inn at Bay Harbor. The hotel is reminiscent of turn of the century Victorian charm and modern day elegance. In 2002, Golf Digest Magazine recognized The Inn at Bay Harbor as one of the "Top Ten Coastal Resorts" in the country. Ranked at #5 and along side the nations best seaside resorts, including Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes. The same March 2002 issue selected Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and The Inn at Bay Harbor in the "Top 75 Resorts in America".
Since 1947, Boyne Resorts has been steadily carving a niche in the sports and leisure world. Today, as the largest privately owned ski and golf corporation in the country, Boyne takes the next logical step. Introducing the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, a quarter of a billion dollar luxury condominium/hotel set in a four-season village atmosphere at Boyne Mountain. The Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa will have something for every member of the family with a full service spa, specialty shops, an array of dining choices, skating rink and teen activity center.
The expansions and improvements are numerous and constant for Boyne Resorts. This family owned company continues to build and improve four-season destinations to fit "a way of life" for the active families and friends who gather there. Offering the very best in golf, ski, tennis, biking, hiking and cross-country skiing together with luxurious accommodations, fine dining, cozy restaurants and lounges and exquisite spa facilities, Boyne remains a leader in the industry.
Year after year, Everett Kircher's resorts earn countless awards and recognitions. In 2000, SKI Magazine honored Kircher himself as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Skiers of All Time". Placing him beside Olympic athletes, inventors and filmmakers such as, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, Jean-Claude Killy and the popular filmmaker, Warren Miller.
Although Kircher is mostly recognized for his ski and golf know-how and successful resort empire, he was also a sportsmen, jet pilot and world traveler. He said it best in his autobiography, "I'd rather be known as a great fly fisherman".
Everett Kircher died at the age of 85 on January 16, 2002. He will forever be known throughout the skiing world as a visionary. And his company, Boyne Resorts completes that vision as the finest sport and leisure resorts in the world.
He will be remembered for his dedication to making something good better and a legend from what was once a simple idea.
His life's work will be retold through history. Through generations of loyal skiers and golfers who visit Boyne Resorts' coast-to-coast resorts and through the many talented employees who make Boyne Resorts so successful.
Kircher's legacy and his company are certain to continue and thrive under the direction of his dedicated family. These members include his wife Lois and his four children; John, president of Boyne Resorts' western operations in Utah, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia; Amy, chairperson and secretary of the board of directors of Boyne USA, Inc.; Stephen, president of Boyne Resorts' eastern operations including Maine, Michigan, Montana and Tennessee and Kathryn, principal of Boyne Design Group, an interior design firm of Boyne Resorts. – less–ZoomInfo