Welcome to MILSAP! We are dedicated to collecting and publishing information about the history of lift-served ski areas in Michigan. If you have fond memories of flying down the slopes on your favorite hill, but the area has closed, let us know about it. Michigan has a long, rich history of skiing and sliding and it should not be forgotten. Please help us keep it alive by sharing your recollections, snapshots, memorabilia, news clippings, home movies, or whatever you may have that would remind you and others of the places where people used to enjoy winter in Michigan.
For more information about our site, check the About MILSAP link on the navigation bar above or at the top of our page links in the right-hand column.
Well, it’s September, and labor Day and the end of Summer are rapidly approaching. We have only received a couple comments since our last post a couple weeks ago, but we have a new achievement and a couple questions from our friends.
Our achievement is that our MILSAP Facebook page reached the 500 page-likes plateau last month. If you are a Facebook member and haven’t checked it out, please do so. We often get new information from our Facebook friends and we try to share information about what is going on in Michigan.
Speaking of Facebook Friends, Scott Kurz would like to know if any of you are aware of any back-country skiing or ski touring groups that are active in Michigan. If you know of any, please respond with a comment here or on Facebook.
Back on our WordPress blog, Scott Stillings notified us on the Petoskey WSP page that the downtown bypass that destroyed the ski jumps was constructed sometime between ’62 and ’64. The jumps faced north and probably had a great view of the sand dunes that became Boyne Highlands and Nub’s Nob. The land is now the site of apartment buildings.
John Baker left a comment on the Snow Valley page about a scenic mountain ride he remembers from the mid-50’s called “The Weezil.” He says it was a red rail car on tracks with a siren and was kind of scary (remember, the was a tyke at the time). He wonders if anyone has a picture of it.
Please keep those comments coming to our blog and check out our Facebook page. We love to hear more about the old days (and modern days) of skiing in Michigan.
Bob Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project