Everett Kircher, developer of Boyne Mountain, 25 miles to the south, purchased the former Harbor Highlands Ski Area in 1963 or 1964. Sports Illustrated lists it as Boyne Highlands in Nov. ’63 but the official Boyne corporate history says ’64. Kircher renamed it Boyne Highlands and it operates under that name today.
In SI, 1963, they report: Formerly Harbor Highlands, the area was purchased by Everett Kircher, who has spent $1.5 million improving it. Two chair lifts were installed, and seven slopes and runs were cleared. A new lodge was built—with 70 rooms, a cafeteria seating 400 and a tri-level dining room seating 350. There is also a new bar and ski shop with rentals.