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Hi. As Summer is winding down, there have been 31 comments on MILSAP this Summer so far.
Pamela Thompson Crawford commented on the Sheridan Valley page that she grew up on Avery Lake and used to ski through the woods to get to the ski area. Jeff Fleming sent pictures of Ski World and Royal Valley. Kevin Murtagh commented on Tyrolean Hills that he is looking for information about when Jack Detleffs owned the area, with pictures if possible. Can anyone help him out?
Gary Gariglio replied to Bob Sisco on the Skyline page that he would like Bob to send him the pictures of Skyline. Steve commented on Brady’s Hills that he offered the furniture to Brady Paulson and he accepted. W.C. Boonstra remembers that the sign for Brady’s Hills had orange letters on a brown background. When it changed to Winterskol, the sign changed to blue (or black) on a white background.
Mary Jones Kucharek left a message on the Fonro page for Trish. James Fleming replied to Mike and Marsha Taylor on the same page about the Nawakwa hunting area. Mike Taylor replied to James that he knew the hunting area was once referred to as Nawakwa because he started hunting over 60 years ago at the Bonehead Club, just north of the Nawakwa section. Steve says he has a 45 RPM record of the Don Brost Trio on the Fonro label. He wonders if it is related to the ski area. I found a listing for a copy of the record on an auction site (for $9.99) that said it was a rare Michigan recording. Anyone know anything about this?
Jeff Brosch commented about Lansing Ski Club that his family, which used to own Mt. Holiday, bought the LSC lights at auction and they’re still in use at Mt. Holiday. He said LSC had been heavily vandalized by the time of the sale–the chairlift cable had been cut.
Richard Hewitt said he had skied at Middleville Ski Resort in the Mid 60s and still had a ski patch. We asked him to send a picture. Richard also posted a picture of Esker Hills Ski Area and said he had patches from Esker Hills and Carousel Mountain. We asked him to send copies. Drew also asked on our Ski Area Patches and Pins page if Richard could send him a picture of the Carousel Mountain patch because he lives on the dune where Carousel used to stand.
Theresa DeYoung asked how to get to Mulligan’s Hollow for the Coast Guard Festival.
Karyl commented on Bear Hills that he skied there for his first time. He remembers falling down and having a hard time getting up. He also remembers the snack bar with hot chocolate and the rope tow that tore up your gloves. Joseppe Kadzbanski commented on Bear Hills that it was perhaps somewhere on Potter Rd. Anybody got a more exact location?
K.S. commented about the AuSable Ski Ranch that he grew up about a mile away in Michaywe. He learned to ski there in the 90s. When it became the Michaywe Ski Area, he skied from 9-9. He remembers building a cheese-wedge jump to clear the creek at the bottom. B.K. remembers that his high school took them to AuSable to learn to ski. Lori S. Lowery learned to ski at Mt. Maria with the Alpena Schools between 72 and 78 and thinks the bus was sponsored by the local newspaper. She loved it. You could buy a season pass in the summer for $95.
Wyss Wickman said he visited the Vanderbilt Ski Club site a few days ago, it’s about 5 mi from his cabin. He says there is an old house and remnants of a rope tow at the bottom of the hill, but the rest of the hill is gated, with a keypad. According to the topo, it is about 200′ higher than Boyne Mountain. He thinks it is sad that it wasn’t a ski hill longer. Kingsley Bussey says Boyne Highlands is a “bump.”
WC Boonstra wants to know if Newago Winter Sports Park was also known as Whiskey Ridge? He remembers a sign on Maple Island Rd. in 74-75 saying “Ski Whiskey Ridge.” He said it had a slope or two with a rope tow in 68.
Bob Sisco sent along pictures of the lift at Mackinac College Ski Slope and of the hill at Brady’s Hills.
Matt Brady said he learned to ski in ’61 at the Summit Ski Club. Kathy Ochs remembers horseback riding at Teeple Hill. Linda E. Ludwick grew up on State Rd outside of Alma and was neighbors with Phyllis and Earl Damon of Mott Mountain. She skied there when she was in her 20’s and remembers feeling that it was cozy and felt like home.
Finally, Fay Hall, daughter of Henry Hall, former World Champion ski jumper and holder of several world records, commented on the Brighton Ski Jumps page that her dad and his brothers built the ski scaffolds at Northville, Rochester, and Brighton. She said she has sponsored a perpetual trophy at Steamboat Springs training center (where her dad set his first world record) for youngsters. She would like to contact the Rochester Historical Society about making a movie about her father or perhaps a writer to help with a biography. Anyone interested?
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Robert Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project