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.
Happy Halloween! Since the end of Summer, there have been 16 comments on our pages, but none about haunted ski areas or the Michigan Dogman.
Thad Sienkiewicz from the Friends of Highland Recreation Area posted on our Teeple Hill page about an event they held back in August. This is a very active group; you should check them out. James L. Teeple from Ohio, wondered about the origin of the name, Teeple Hill.
Fay Hall, daughter of Henry Hall and niece of the other famous Hall brothers left a rather long comment on the Northville Jump page. She has sent memorabilia to the Northville Historical Society about the old ski slide. She also sent info to Brighton and plans to send some to Rochester and Farmington Hills about the ski slides that were constructed there. This is the 100th anniversary of Henry’s most memorable World Championship jump and she would like anyone who has more information to please send it to her at fayhall at ca.rr.com. Please help her out.
Rosanne commented on the AuSable Ski Ranch page that her grandfather, George Georgeson, from Detroit was the original investor and planned to retire there, but he died in an auto accident in ’51. Mary (Haney) Hayes worked summers at the ranch in the early ’60’s. She was an assistant to assistant manager Jean Arthurs, who worked for manager Jerry Fairbanks. Mary loved the rustic feel of the place. James Tank Richard was the Nordic Director of Michaywe from ’84-’92 under Alpine Director Pat Samalik. Pat built the 10 and 20 meter jumps, the only certified jumps in lower Michigan at that time. The kids used to line up to use them. He said the XC trails were 2nd to none.
Tammy Clark, housekeeper at TimberLee Hills, would like to see some pictures of the area and the upstairs of the lodge when there was skiing there. So would we. Please post them here or send them via the instructions on the About MILSAP page. Tammi Day (Henge) commented on the Snow Bowl page that her family had a cabin on River Rd and they later owned and operated the D&D Grocery near the camp. She sledded at Snow Bowl in the early ’70’s with the help of a snowmobile to get up the hill. Tris Harkness replied to Mary on the Fonro page that she had been a patroller there. jasonelmoreblog left a comment on the Diggins Hill Park page that the rope tows operated weekends through 1980. He said use declined as Caberfae made improvements.
Karen commented on the Middleville Ski Resort page that her father was an owner of the resort. She said she would like to see an old ski patch. Chip Richards said on the Eskar Hills page that our link to google maps was not working. It works for me, but only brings up a map of the Middleville area–we still don’t know the exact location of the old area.
David Thomas Hart left a long post on the Mt. Brighton page about being a 17-year-old Brit learning to ski at Mt. Brighton and writing letters home about the “massive and dangerous” runs ;-). He stayed in the US for college at CMU. Great story.
Pam Dawson Bennink said she skied at Bear Mtn. and Skyline in the ’60’s and was very appreciative of our blog. Bill left a suggestion on our Thunder Bowl page that we check our the Schoolcraft County Historical Society Facebook page. We’ll do that, Bill.
Joe Kadsban sent some information on Bear Hills near Bear Lake to our Facebook page. Rick Trommater sent recent pictures of Russell’s Ridge. He says it’s 5 mi E of Oceana Drive on Polk Road, then continue S where the roar turns E and look for the old barn. Jim Severise said that he used to ski at Major Mtn. from ’71-’73. It was private, operated by 40-50 families. He had keys and took friends there from CMU. They built big fires in the fireplace and had great apres-ski parties
We hope you have been enjoying our site and want you to keep those stories, reminiscences, and messages coming to our blog and our Facebook page. If you have any pictures or documents to send us please do so via email@example.com.
Robert Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project