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.
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It’s now mid-October and ski-swap season is upon us. Check your local community resources to see what is available in your area. Also, ski shops are getting in their new merchandise; support your local merchants and ski areas.
We have received 12 new comments in the 6 weeks since our last update. Speaking of local merchants, Jeff @ Shaggy’s, our local ski-building company, commented that he loves our site and that Shaggy’s will be having an announcement about back-country skiing soon.
CM commented twice about skiing at Mt. Maria in the early 70’s with his middle school ski club from Oscoda. He now lives and skis in Colorado where Crested Butte reminds him most of Maria. Anton Majle left a comment on the Sugar Loaf page with a link to the Hill or Stream site on YouTube with a review and pictures of the current status of the Loaf. Charlie O commented on Norvul that they’ve made lots of improvements. Dave McDowell remarked about Iroquois Mountain that he thinks the lodge became a group home.
Jeremy said he never skied at Mt. Maplehurst, but he attended camp there and much of the equipment is still in place. He has a postcard with a view of Torch Lake in winter from the top of the hill. We asked him to please send a copy.
George Acker left 4 comments. About Nurvul he said that they have made many improvements and have a nice-looking 500′ hill. He said he learned to ski at Skyline in ’67 and in the early ’80s his wife and daughters learned to ski there. His family also skied in the ’80s at Michaywe and at Tryollean hills.
Bob Brook is doing some research on the Lansing Ski Club. So far, he has learned that it was formed in the 1940s. Apparently they acquired the land after the war and regraded it to improve the height of the hill and ski-ability of the runs. Later, when it was sold for real estate development, the land was re-graded to the original contours. If you have any information about the history of the Lansing Ski Club, please let him (and us) know.
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