Sep 24, 2018

Northern Michigan Ski Academy Transfers Program to Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain

Earlier this month, the Board of Directors of the Northern Michigan Ski Academy approved a resolution to transfer the Academy program under full management of Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain Resort where the Academy has been operating since the mid-80s. 

The Northern Michigan Ski Academy was incorporated on January 2, 1979 by founding board members, John Deschermeir, Greg Smith, Tim Parson, John Frank, and William Shepler.   It was founded with a mission of teaching area children the fundamentals of ski racing, setting goals, and working towards continuous self-improvement. 

For the 2018/19 season, Dan Cleary of the Boyne Highlands SnowSports Academy is leading the program.  Program dates are January 9 through March 1.  Training is scheduled for Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain with races on Sundays.  Skiers ages four and above who are an advanced beginner level or higher may participate.  Cost is $179. 

Dan Cleary has been a member of the Boyne Highlands SnowSports Academy since 1990 as an instructor, coach, and staff trainer.  Dan raced competitively during high school, and during college, worked as a ski instructor at Alpine Valley, Pine Knob, and Boyne Highlands.  After graduating from college, he worked for the Vail Ski and Snowboard School before returning to Michigan and settling into teaching at Boyne Highlands.  Dan is a PSIA level 3 certified Alpine Instructor who has shared his passion for skiing with countless skiers over the past 28 years while with Boyne Highlands.  

The Northern Michigan Ski Academy program joins three other programs offered this winter at Boyne Highlands, including Mountain Masters, Highlands Alpine Team, and Highlands Race Team.

To register for the Northern Michigan Ski Academy or for details on all the programs, visit  

Media Contact: Erin Ernst, director of communications