Mt. Maria – Lincoln, MI

The above picture is from the teachski.com Michigan Page. Reach it http://teachski.com/pcindex2004/MainpgMichigan.htm

Mt. Maria was at the S. end of Hubbard Lake. It functioned as a ski area in the 1960’s and 70’s. Originally, it’s main lift was a fixed-pole Poma lift with a rope tow on the beginner hill and the back hill. The poma lift was replaced with a double chairlift in the 70’s.

On Jan. 4, 1968, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Guide to Winter Sports Fun in Michigan which listed Mt. Maria with 5 slopes, Pomalift, 2 ropes, snowmaking and night skiing. They don’t mention them, but the bar served great burgers.

The Mt. Maria property was redeveloped as a resort/real estate development and is now for sale. The former link with pictures of the site no longer works, but you can see the real-estate listing complete with hyperbole (“Lake Tahoe of the East”) at http://pressreleaseheadlines.com/mt-maria-preserve-offers-breathtaking-elevations-1000-100-acres-northern-michigan-15431. As of July, 2014, the area (along with the neighboring Timberline Ski Area acreage) was sold at auction and the new owners may think about re-opening them as a new ski area.

8 Responses to Mt. Maria – Lincoln, MI

  1. Jenny Bennett says:

    I grew up in Hillman, Michigan and skied at Mt. Maria with high school friends in the early 80’s. We always went for night skiing, probably because it was cheaper!!

  2. D. Sampson says:

    Why did it close?

  3. Mike Desotell says:

    The equipment rental storage building burnt down in the early 90’s.

  4. Gayle Walsh says:

    Jenny,
    I too skied there in the early 80’s with my high school (Oscoda). I was wondering if you remember the concert that was there in the early 80’s. I can’t seem to remember the singer. I keep thinking Eddie Money but I don’t think that is right.
    Gayle

  5. Anton Mal says:

    The second link is broken. The first link though has a lot of pictures of old resorts, very nice

    Curious as to how much vertical Maria has… Will be interesting to see if the new owners open it up

    • MILSAP says:

      We replaced the broken link (although the new one lacks the on-site pictures and the (pseudo?) American Indian history–but it makes up for them with the real-estate hyperbole). As I remember, Mt. Maria had around 300′ of vertical. The top third of the main slope would mogul nicely and It was a challenge to schuss the rescue toboggan down every night and stop before hitting the big plate glass windows in the dining room.

    • Reba . M says:

      Sorry to say, the new owner is a disabled veteran and purchased it as his home, he won’t be reopening it. I have been talking to him about fixing up and perhaps rent out cabins still for hunting season an such , has no plans as of now, but is looking to get help with plumbing and electrical it needs and he has no shower so if anyone is interested in helping the veteran go to the lodge to let him know. thank you

  6. Dale Lee says:

    I ski patrolled Mt Maria in 81. Left for Dallas Tx that following spring, but just retired and live in Livonia with a Lake House on Hubbard lake. My dream would be to have that place open up again. To be able to pop over for an afternoon or evening of skiing would be perfect. There are no other options on this side of the State. If done right, people would come.

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