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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We hope everyone had a Merry Xmas and is looking forward to a very Happy and Snowy New Year here in the Winter Wonderland of Michigan. As I write this, our mid-day “feels like” in Southeastern Michigan is -8F. We have had 25 comments arrive since our last summary at the end of October.
Hi Stover commented twice on our Ski Village page, once in reply to Richard Stubbs about the funny article, and once in reply to Jody Almon Seward to wish her a Merry Christmas and say how happy he was to read about her dad’s involvement on Ski Village. He also commented to Ed Kovak on the Mt. Frederick page that he would like to see a higher-res photo of the brochure.
Tom Ash commented on the Glacier Hills page that he is the eldest child of Everett and Wray Ash and has made a retro t-shirt of the 1956 brochure. He says mom and dad built the ski hill to keep the kids out of trouble. They also ran the skating rink in the summer. Snow (lilsnowpeep) commented on the Caberfae page that they have a brown Caberfae patch found among a box of old Girl Scout patches. Dave posted on our Ski Area Patches and Pins page that he has pins and patches for sale from Lansing SC, Thunder, Schuss, Crystal, and Sugar Loaf. Scott Altman replied to Dave that he has a Caberfae patch like the one shown for sale. Dave Lieberman replied to Scott Altman on our Ski Area Patches and Pins page that he would like a picture of the patch and wants to know the price.
Eric Harder commented on the Lansing Ski Club page in reply to Floyd Sutherland about a possible brother in his class at ELHS. He said he skied there in the 60’s and 70’s. Jeff Oster replied to Bob on the LCS page that he was a former ski rep for Marker/Look/Koflach/SOS in the 80’s and regretted the loss of LCS. Lora Rozzi replied to Tom on the Royal Valley page that Sharon is her neighbor.
Robert Morris commented on the Pinckney State Recreation Area page that he lives on the trail just past Barton Road and looks forward to skiing it. Alan Wieling replied to Marcia the the Pontiac Lake site for Kandahar had a 60m or 70m ski jump. He said the sledding hill to the east was good for about one walk up! Tim Carr reminded us that Apple Mountain will be closed for the current (17-18) ski season due to snowmaking problems.
Abi Salisbury commented on Barn Mountain that she remember it as a child. her father was a dispatcher for the Boyne City PD. They lived on Park Street and went sledding there every winter. Noquemenon, a History | the Guern posted on the Al Quall page that there is a sizeable exhibit about Al in the Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming.
Dave Norris likes our website. He posted on the Ward Hills page that a lot of pictures of Camp Martin Johnson and Ward Hills are missing from the CMJ website. He said he added us to the blogroll at the Big Bass Lake and Beyond site. Thanks, Dave. Jim Reed commented about Bear Hills that his family bought the area in ’72 and ran it until ’78. They still own the property. He replied to “as above” that he remembers that day. Kent replied to Jim Reed “Me, too. Rommel’s Last Camel spraying it down. Sharpen those edges.” Bill Jennings replied “Hello” to Jim. Tom Fullerton sent a picture of his family in the parking lot at Big M in 1967. Unfortunately we were not able to access it using the gmail link he provided.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project