MILSAP Updates, September 6, 2016

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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Another three months (almost) since the last post. Where does the time go? We have had 19 comments left for you since the beginning of July, many of them replies to other comments on the same ski areas. We love to see those exchanges about old friends and old times.

One of our more popular areas this summer has been Tyrolean Hills. Renee M replied to Susan and Jessica about grandparents and friends. Susan Genovesi replied to Renee about the old days. Keith Pollock replied to Eric that he would have liked to be there for Alpenfest. Susan Ayres Genovesi replied to Jessica and Keith about the current trail restriction legal problems and the ownership of the old lodge buildings. Everyone deplores the state of disrepair and wishes the area could still be open.

Carole Rogers replied to David about Silver Valley, asking if he knew when they moved the cross and the chapel (at the campground)? John Anthony Neslusan said he used to play bass in the band Canada Goose that played at Bear Mountain in the early ’70s and he met many fine people there. Larry commented about Sylvan Knob that all the lifts converge at the top which makes it a great area for families.

Merry Lou Loyer mentioned that her parents owned the Look Out Inn across the road from the Paul Bunion Memorial. She said there were no tows left on the old ski area across the road, but her brother used to climb the hill and ski down. Merry Lou also commented on the Greenbush Inn that the toboggan run was still reachable in the late ’60s and early ’70s from Everett Rd, west of US-23 north of Greenbush. She said that Schmidt also had the golf course and Saradella Dairy farm that are now part of the Lakewood Shores Resort. The old barns are still there on Cedar Lake Rd. just south of the Iosco/Alcona line. Larry also commented on the Greenbush Inn that his family vacationed there in ’65 and he has pictures of the dining room, tennis courts, and the pools. We’d like to see them, Larry, if you’d care to share them. Ken says he lived there summers with his family (his father worked there) from ’60 to ’65. He, too, would like to see Larry’s pictures. I should mention that we are still looking for evidence that Greenbush Inn ever had a ski tow or lift which might make it one of the earliest alpine ski areas in Michigan.

Paul Williams replied to Martin on the Briar hills page that he used to live across the field from the ski area. He also commented that he misses the many good times. Don’t we all, Paul. Rich Drouillard commented on Snow Valley that he learned to ski there as a teen. His mom was a nurse in Saginaw, and she took care of the son of a ski instructor from Snow Valley who had been seriously injured in an accident. His family was treated extremely well at Snow Valley.

Sandra McFarlin says she and her husband bought the former Dryden ski lodge property in the ’70s after it had been heavily vandalized. They remodeled what was left of the lodge into their home, although it no longer resembles the old structure. She would like any pictures of the old ski lodge.

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. But now that summer is drawing to a close, although you wouldn’t know it from the temperature today, you can start anticipating the coming ski season. The early projections are for COLD and SNOW due to the water temperatures in the Pacific.

Bob Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

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MILSAP Updates, July 12, 2016

Well, it has been three months since our last post–way too long. My only (valid) excuse (besides laziness) has been several trips to the north country to enjoy my summer passion–fly fishing. However, we have had 27 comments since the last summary, so here goes:

Bob Sisco fixed his bad link to the Grand Haven Ski Bowl website. Scott Coffin commented on the Greenbush Inn page that his father was born in and lived in the house across the street until WWII. Jackie Thayer Culp said her parents, Fern and Virgil Thayer, were friends with the Ashes at Glacier Hills. Her first wooden skis with Cubco bindings were purchased from Mr. Ash. Jordon Seaver left current directions to the old Grand Valley State College ski hill. He says it’s still great for sledding. Torr Williams replied to Clay McNitt on the Briar Hill page that he would like to play tag on the hill again. Ron Osborne says he worked one week during the summer at Mio Mt. helping Charlie build a rope tow control shack and tow it up the hill.

Paul commented that he explored the (ruined) Silverbell lodge in the ’90s. Mark Kimmerly wants pictures from Silverbell. Sandy Horn grew up on the farm down the road from Mt. Grampian; her brother’s funeral was on the mountain. Jack Pippin left a story about learning to ski at Mt. Christie. He’s now director of Children’s Programming for the ski school at Heavenly in Tahoe. Kyle V commented that he lives on Ski Park Road in Clarkston and has been told that his home used to the the lodge for Bald Eagle. G. Dunkel skied every weekend with the Dunlops at Kandahar. He broke a tip on his Olin MkIVs on the old ski jump (and tore the binding off the other one). Tony D asked for more pictures from Kandahar, particularly interior shots.

Lon Duncan replied to Greg that he used to live across the road from the ski jump at Forest Avenue and Ski Hill Road. He wondered if that was where the Crystella Ski Hill was. Carpenter5050 replied that it is. He says the jump scaffold has been down for many years. Lon says he hasn’t been there since 1965.

Betsy replied to Davis on the Royal Valley page that she remembers that his dad and her dad were on the ski patrol together. David Siekman said she was just a little rascal. Jamie Gibbard remembered Pleasant Valley in the 1950s and 1960s with many good memories and Scott Stillings commented on his memories.

David Ragan, Jr. replied to Carolyn on the Skyline page that he grew up skiing there the same time as her kids. Marcia Forsman Wiggington says she skied there every winter from 1950 to 1968 and has many fond memories. Carolyn Nye Boyd remembered David Ragan and his church group and still has a letter her dad wrote to their pastor to tell him how impressed he was with their behavior.

Ilsa Elkhardt posted on our ski area patches and pins page that she would like  patches for Willard and Maple Ridge. These happen to be ski areas in eastern upstate New York, but if any of you can help her out, please do so.

A website called agnarchy.com, which has a  section devoted to poaching lines, has published an article about poaching at Avalanche Peak/Barn Mountain and included a link to our history of the Barn Mountain site.

Finally, Jay Moore left a note to thank us for publishing these memories of old ski areas in Michigan. You’re welcome, Jay, thanks for visiting and please tell your friends about us.

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. But now that summer has been here for a good three weeks, you can start thinking SNOW! for the coming season. The early projections are for COLD and SNOW due to the temperature of the Pacific.

Bob Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

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MILSAP Updates, April 12, 2016

 

Well, I have to hand it to you. On February 24, I asked you to THINK MORE MICHIGAN SNOW and you DID. Last week was the first week of April and winter returned to Michigan. We still have a few ski areas operating in both peninsulas and the X-C trails are is great condition for April. In the last month and a half, we have received 19 new comments on our pages.

Scott Barrett commented that the Jack Pine Valley property was for sale but is now off the market. Michael Byers commented on the Circle TNT page (another name for the same area) that he skied there and worked in the shop and as a snowmaker–it was eerie walking the hills late at night. Scott Barrett asked if the river fed the snow guns. William Deater commented on Jack Pine Valley that it was built by Doug Conlan and Bob Quaine in the early ’60s and that Fred Warshefske and his sons built the lodge. The land was part of the Conlan family farm. Scott Barrett asked William if he was related to the family that owned the store in Blaine.

Jim Clark commented on the Thunderbowl Ski Area page that he has a patch from the Thunderbowl Ski Club and wonders if they are related. Richard Stubbs remembers in ’56 (or ’57 or ’58) he met Hugo Bohm at Ski Village in Waters. Hugo was a legendary ski instructor. Bob Sisco left a couple comments on the Grand Haven Ski Bowl page linking to the Petoskey Community page.

Barry “Buz” Haltenhoff commented on the Iroquois Mountain page about Mike Porcarelli and his siblings–all great skiers and racers. He thinks they wventually moved to Whitfish, Montana.  He also commented on Bryces Hill that he learned to ski and race there on the old rope tow–the old auto wheel pulleys are still there. He remembers that in ’64-65 the new warming hut was opened and the access road was moved from the top of the area to the base. On January 28, ’65, lights were installed and night skiing was introduced.

Robert Kort started skiing at Carousel Mountain at the age of 8 or 9, Later he skied every night after school. When he grew up, he left for Aspen to become a ski bum (maybe he didn’t grow up–lucky him). Profesorav (Karen Vocke) posted on the Frys Winter Sports Park page that the Vanished Kalamazoo site shows parts of ski jumps at Campbell Lake Park. Possibly Google Earth shows the remains of the jumps and ski runs.

G Luthy commented about Kandahar that he thinks there was a 2nd Kandahar, the Kandahar Barn, at the edge of the Jordan River Valley, owned by someone called “Chip?” He thinks someone once wanted to make it into a “super” resort.

Dave Brackett said on the Mt. Holly page that he remembers skiing and racing for the Southfield team at Mt. Holly. Daryl Turcott posted a link to Youtube for a video he made about Mt. Christie (and gave MILSAP a plug!). Dan Brown commented on the Mt. Christie lodge that his dad, a 10th Mountain vet, took him and his siblings there before they could drive.  Thaddeus Sienkiewicz invited anyone interested in Teeple Hill to come out on May 14, for the Rosebud Revival at highland State Recreation Area. You can see all the restoration that has been done at the site.

Finally, Susan Walker commented that her mother had a ski magazine called “Snow”  in the ’60s and was a ski editor for other publications. She said she could send us ski memorabilia. I told her we would be pleased to receive and show you whatever she could send us.

 

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MILSAP Updates, February 24, 2016

 

Sorry to have been so lax about posting, but it HAS been winter (at least most of the time), and I have been skiing, both in Michigan and back east in Vermont (where the winter hasn’t been too wintry either). As I finish writing this in the patrol room at a south east Michigan ski area, the wind is whistling and heavy snow is falling. Winter is back. We have received 72 new comments since our last update at the end of last year, including two new hints about new “lost” ski areas. I haven’t actually located the new areas, yet, but here’s the summary of the comments:

snofri commented on our Skiing History Resources page about the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming and about the 129th annual Ski Jumping Tourney which was just held at Suicide Hill. She also left several informative comments about the Kandahar Ski Club, including the information that they had ski jumping at the Pontiac Lakes location prior to the move to Fenton. She also left reminiscences on the Sheridan Valley page. Ellen asked how much it costs to ski down the running hill by Teal Lake at Al Quaal.

Cynthia Stewart left a Canadian skiers memories on the Dryden page and lamented the loss of the fabulous ski lodge. Another Canadian, Mark Clotier, remembersx skiing at Iroquois Mountain because the season passes were $35, a lot cheaper than Searchmont. He also remembers the blizzards blowing in from Lake Superior. Trish Ellis left good memories of Mt. Grampian. Daryl Turcott went to the Dryden site and posted a video on YouTube. (He also did Silverbell, Grampian, and Christie. Check his comment on the Dryden page for the link).

Dennis Penrod commented on the TimberLee Hills page about the White tractor they were loaned to demo as a groomer and returned in pieces after it rolled down the hill. Char Portega commented on the Snow Valley page that Indianhead also had a lodge at the top (actually not uncommon in parts of Michigan). He was replied to by Doug Leppart.

Jimmy commented that he has an old “body” board (backboard?) marked Royal Valley at the foot end, and would like more information about it. David Siekman said he would like to see a picture of it and Jimmy said he didn’t know how to post it. We told him to send it to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page. professorav (Karen Vocke) mentioned that there is a video of Echo Valley on the “Vanished Kalamazoo Facebook group from sometime in the early 1950’s (judging from the cars in the parking lot) which shows not only the  ski jump, but also people holding skis and skiing down the hill. Clearly, there was downhill skiing. Not sure about a ski lift or tow, though.

Tor Brunvand commented that he skied the Stebbins’ backyard using the old, portable rope tow before it was moved to the Lansing Ski Club. Win Stebbins, son of Rolly, a founder of the LSC in ’48, chimed in to say he is writing a history of the club. If you comment on their page, he may contact you!

Michael Schrotenboer commented on the Carousel page that he worked there as cleanup and “chief dishwasher”. He also commented on the Firsts page that he has a couple of the first Snurfers. Bill Bonkowski replied asking him if he would sell one. Evan replied to Jeff Brosch about Carousel Mtn. that he was there last year and to Michael Samis that the frame of the lift is still there, too. Bill also commented on Firsts with a lot of good information about Hanson Hills dating back to 1921, the Hanson family, and Bear Mountain. He invited us to contact Hanson Hills for more information about their claim to be “first”.

Keith Pollock commented on Tyrolean Hills that his family owned parts of the area along with the Lipperts during the Pinnacles era, then bought it and renamed it Tyrolean Hills and expanded operations year-round. It was very successful, but they sold due to a family tragedy and he hated to see it deteriorate. Tim asked on the Tyrollean Hills page if any remembered Dugan. Katherine Doyle commented that she is the daughter of Eunice and Ron Chavey and recognized her mother’s picture on the Sylvan Knob page as a ski patrol candidate.

John says that he skied Thunder Mountain in the early 60’s as a local and preferred it to Nub’s, Boyne, and Walloon. Patricia J. Dunston also had season passes to Thunder in the 60’s. She says they used to jump when they got on the Poma and it would pull her 4 feet off the ground. She still lives in the area. Chad Portenga replied to Trucker Mack on the Thunder page that several hills in the Boyne area would be great ski hills if Everett Kircher hadn’t closed them, not just Avalanche Peak.Chad also commented on the Grand haven Ski Bowl page that the bowl is contained in the Mulligan’s Hollow recreation area.Pat Myers-Featherstone commented on the Barn Mountain page that Everett Kircher bought Avalanche Peak and re-named it Barn Mountain Then he found out that he didn’t own the lots with road access. He donated the property to Boyne City with the condition that it never be developed as a ski resort.

King Daniel His Royal Highness commented that he is the heir to the Kingdom of Schuss, living in exile in Bloomfield Hills. He posted lots of memories of Schuss. Lisa Draper replied to Scooter on the Schuss page that she’s still racing. Westin Howland replied to King Daniel HRH that he remembers the old king pinning a broken bone club pin on him when he was in the 8th grade. He also remembers the Spence Bock Racing Camp.

Victoria Kiefer commented on the Bloomer Ski Jump page that her father Bruce Kent Frank made many jumps at Bloomer with the Hill brothers and replied to Alison Suzanne White that she’s her cousin. cudagirl1 replied to Victoria, “Hello, cousin.” Susan Brown Johnson commented on the Bloomer SJ page that her dad set the record on the new slide in ’37 at the age of 21, and in ’39, he and Tessmer went off it side-by-side. She also commented on the Brighton SJ page that her dad was one of the Rochester Boys and jumped there many times. She also says she has a jumping trophy her dad won at Petoskey Winter Sports Park in the early ’20s (he must have been about 6 or 7 years old at the time, but that’s not impossible).

deb johnson asked Don Tyrrell on the Mt. Christie page when his father patrol there. Pete Bechard remembers the music scene at Silverbell Village. Bill D says he developed an appreciation for snow-covered hills at Jack Pine Valley–because the hills there were seldom snow-covered. Jan Althoff-Pas remembers the sound and feel of the blasting to blow up the hill at Kandahar.

Bob Sisco commented that Pando is closed this season after being bought by Cannonsburg. They say they will re-open it, so we’re not moving it to the “lost” list just yet.

Stephen Kinn speculated on the Teeple Hill page about the source of the name. Pam Sienkiewicz responded with information from the original plat maps, now located in the Historic Wisner Home in Pontiac, that the (lake) name started as “Steeple,” then morphed to “Teeples” and finally “Teeple.”

Dave says that he would like to see the Sugar Loaf area re-opened and that he would be willing to make an 8-10% stake. Todd agreed that he would like to see the Loaf run again. Clay McNitt has great memories of skiing at Briar Hill.

Sally Peters Nowak commented that her parents owned Timberline. Jason VanderHoff  says his family owned the Ward hills property from ’87-’98 and renovated the cabin. Todd commented on the Hickory Hills page that his Grandma Katie used to run it. He never skied there and would like to know more. Bob says that he came up to ski at Royal Valley to fulfill a Notre Dame phys ed requirement. They skied there twice a week between January and March of ’79.Carrie promised to send a picture of Royal Valley. She says she has quite a few. David Siekman says he was a patroller at Royal Valley for about 13 years. His dad was the patrol director there and he has many fond memories of great times at the place.

Margo says she will gather some information for us about Bremer’s Ski Hill near Sutton’s Bay. She remembers that the dads helped with the operation of the tow and hill while the moms made hot chocolate in the old farmhouse.

Tim Carr says he skied Skyline in the ’90s and has a window sticker he would send to Gary Gariglio if he would like it. We says that he should send a picture if it to us, first. Lois Tucker-Wubbenhorst replied to Skier on the Skyline page that she skied from age 4 thru HS, her father was a part owner. She has many fond memories of the area. Martin Otberg commented on Briar Hill in reply to Jay Benda that he remembers jumping there and a trip to jump at Iron Mountain. Robert Mosford says his brother-in-lay’s father was one of the founders of Walloon. He says there is a Walloon patch on the wall of the Nub’s Nob patrol room and he will send us a picture. Don posted a link to a map of ski areas from the Detroit Free Press from 11/03/1961 on the MILSAP Update page.

Now the BIG NEWS: we have heard of TWO new lost areas (NO, not current areas that are suffering from the lack of snow and traffic this season–real old time areas). The first is Ford Mountain near Berrian Springs, passed on by Kathy. She says it may have operated in the late teens or early ’20s (that’s 100 years ago!) The other is Mad Cap near Cadillac, passed on by Bob Sisco. he says it was M115, 5 miles east of M131. If you have ever heard of these areas or know anything about ski operations there, please let 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. And enjoy the rest of this Michigan winter (be careful driving in this snow that’s falling today), try to patronize Michigan ski areas, and THINK MORE MICHIGAN SNOW!

Bob Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

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MILSAP Updates, December 29, 2015

 

Well, Winter seems to have finally arrived in Michigan, although from ski reports from around the Midwest, eastern North America, and Europe (where several World Cup Races have been cancelled or postponed), our lack of wintry weather to start the season seems to be the new normal. We have received fourteen new comments since our last update, as well as many comments on our Facebook Page, and several email messages.

Yesterday, we learned of the passing of Stein Erikson, Olympic Gold Medalist and former ski school director at Boyne Mountain and Pine Knob in Michigan, as well as many other ski areas in North America. He was a pillar of skiing during the modern development of our sport, contributing to ski instruction, the creation of freestyle skiing, slope layout, and resort and lodging improvements. I try to challenge myself annually on Stein’s Run at Sugarbush in Vermont, where he was also ski school director. He will be remembered.

I remember Stein’s shock of blond hair, which was always visible when he skied. I saw an interview once on TV where the interviewer asked him why he didn’t wear a hat. He replied that his hair was his most recognizable attribute. The interviewer asked how he kept his ears warm. Stein replied that he would cup them in his hands when he stopped. The interviewer asked what he did when it was too cold for that. He said with a wink, “Then it’s too cold to ski.”

Just after our last update, Dave Fons thanked us for the recap. Nice, Dave, thank you. Cyd Archer, daughter of the founder of Carousel Mountain said she had information for us about the hill. I will contact her to let her know how to send it to us and point her to our Carousel Mountain page.

Galen Walter commented on our Big M page in response to Bill Jennings that he remembers the 4:30 schuss. Bill responded to Galen that he remembers the Spaulding Sideral skis. I remember those, too, but I never had a pair. Andrew Brock said his family now owns TimberLee Hills and he would like any memorabilia anyone has from the area. Mary Henderson wants to know if Skyline is for sale. Don Shoals commented on Thunder Mountain that he remembers skiing great moguls there in the late ’70s. He said the skiing was good because it was only open on weekends and wasn’t groomed.

T. Yearego commented on our Mt. Grampian page that he would like a ticket, brochure or trail map to frame for a friend for Xmas. We hope someone was able to help him out. Mark Richardson left a couple detailed comments on our Franklin Hill page with pictures of the site, and Google Earth links, including his comments on the former locations of the lift and tow.

Dan Balluff left a comment on the Lansing Ski Club page that he taught x-c skiing there for Harold Brunvand in 78-79. Jan Harold Brunvand replied that his father, Harold Norman Brunvand, was a founding member of LCS in ’48. He remembers being taken at the age of 15 to Rollie Stebbin’s home on Morse River Rd. where Rollie had set up a rope tow in his backyard. Harold still skis 70-80 days a year at the age of 82. he now lives in Salt Lake City.

“ne” left a comment that he tried to find our Black mountain page from a link on Google, but the link didn’t work. He suspected possible government interference. I think he was being facetious, I don’t think the government would have any interest in blocking access to our site. I tried the link from Google  and it worked for me. I suggested that he go to our home page and follow the navigation bar. In case you are having the same problem, the link for the Black Mountain page is: https://milsap.wordpress.com/regions/northeast-lower-peninsula-areas/cheboygan/black-mountain-ski-area-cheboygan/

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. We’ll try to have a year-end update out just after New Year’s with a summary of YOUR activity for the past year from WordPress and, maybe, Facebook. In the mean time, have a very Happy New Year, try to patronize Michigan ski areas, and THINK SNOW!

Bob Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

 

 

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MILSAP Updates, December 2, 2015

 

It is now officially Winter in Michigan, although the weather outside is far from wintry. Many Michigan ski areas have opened, only to close, once or multiple times, and they are waiting (im)patiently for snow-making weather. We have received 22 comments since our last update in October.

Geoff Smith left a couple comments on the Teeple Hill page in response to Tom Bullard and Cathy Gosenca Shepard. Goeff raced at Mt. Holly from 63-65 and has now retired to Colorado where he is still skiing. Speaking of Teeple Hill, Thad Sienkiewicz from the Friends of Highland Recreation Area mentioned that the docents form the Henry Ford Museum and the Edsel Ford House in Grosse Pointe visited the Haven Hill property (Henry’s farm) where the barn has been restored. This is the barn that was the lodge for Teeple Hill.

Bill Climie responded to John Baker on the Snow Valley page that his family used to camp at the nearby state park with the Knopf family from Flint in the 50’s. He remembers the lodge and the trolley. Eric Tubbs left a couple of comments on the Tyrollean Hills page. He learned to ski at age 5 at the Pinnacles and his family still owns a cottage on the property. Susan Genovesi replied to Eric that she met Billy Tubbs there a few weeks before. Rob replied to Joel on the Royal Valley page, “King’s Dive.” He also commented that he grew up three miles from the area and spent a lot of time there.

Madelyn Le Page commented on the Greenbush Inn page that her family vacationed there when she was a child and she remembers the tunnel under US-23 to get to the beach. The hotel burned in ’68. Fred L left a comment that he is looking for information of a sledding hill with toboggan runs in the Ionia area he remembers from the mid-’60’s; can anyone help him out? Randy says he just listed his home movie from ’63 on ebay with footage from Little Switzerland–anybody interested? Barb Butler confirmed that the Jack Pine Valley/Circle TNT property is for sale–anybody interested? Tammy and Michelle Tobin remembered many great times at Skyline.

Karen commented on the Mt. Grampian page to Tracey that she and Sue used to ski with her and her sister Trisha and lived very close to them. She also used to visit the old Mt. Christie area after it was closed with her brothers in the late ’70’s. She says it was on Davison Lake Rd. between M-24 and Baldwin and is now a subdivision named for the area (or the hill).

adez7 left three comments on the Fonro page. He used to patrol there in the ’70’s under Tom Straley and says he remembers Dave. Tris Harkless also was on the patrol at Fonro in the mid-’60’s. John Hurley remembers learning to ski at the Lansing Ski Club in ’67. He says he remembers it as skiing down into a hole with the lodge at the bottom.

 

 

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MILSAP Updates, October 13, 2015

 

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

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