Boyne Highlands Opens for Skiing After Fire Rips Through Main Lodge

"It’s been a traumatic week for many of us here as well as our, you know, our guests," Boyne Highlands director of communications Erin Ernst said.

Boyne Highlands is back open Friday after a suspicious fire destroyed almost half of their Main Lodge hotel.

The fire started early Sunday morning. 

It left 12 people hurt, one critically from smoke inhalation.

More than 70 rooms are significantly damaged at the Harbor Springs resort in their Main Lodge hotel.

Investigators have not released a cause.

Boyne Highlands says they are investigating claims that alarms did not go off.

David Soltysiak was arrested for assaulting a security guard by spraying him with a fire extinguisher and walking away as the fire burned.

He is not charged with setting the fire which remains under investigation.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowksi and photojournalist Noah Jurik have the latest as the resort opens for the ski season.

It’s been just a few days since a fire tore through the Main Lodge hotel at Boyne Highlands.

Friday skiers are out in full force to enjoy the first day of skiing and Boyne is just trying to move forward. 

"The holidays are, you know, a busy time for us and we have been working with the guests that did have reservations and just looking at options," Ernst said. 

Boyne Highlands is working to find other lodging on property or at their sister locations so people can still come up and enjoy the holidays, something the resort relies on.

‘There definitely will be an impact that way," Ernst said. ""We’re just moving forward, you know, the best way that we can."

The resort says all of their employees are still at work.

Other parts of the Main Lodge, like their main check-in and Slopeside Lounge, will open soon, possibly even this weekend.

"We just have to continue our restoration work there and then get final inspection to do so," Ernst said.

Skiers who enjoyed the the slopes Friday say they were shocked when they heard about the fire.

"I was sad for the resort," skier Ron Shepard said. "You know that the ski business makes all their money in a very short period of time and they’re about to enter that."

They’re just happy the resorts slopes are open and the snow’s falling.

"It’s all about what’s falling out of the sky right now," Shepard said.