MILSAP Updates, Nov. 29, 2012


We have approved many new comments since November 17, sorry to have been so remiss.

Harry Hammond commented on Kandahar (and has sent many photos via e-mail which we will attempt to make available soon). He also posted a link to some historical information about the name “Kandahar” which helps confirm the information already on the page. We are still looking for the person or people who applied the name “Kandahar” to the ski club that was founded in the Fenton area in 1947.

Cary Piotrowski sent some good information about Mount Grampian. Tyler Sharpe commented on Skyline, mentioning that it closed in 2005. Michael Patterson noted our lack of a page for Cannonsburg in the Current Areas listing, so we added one and are looking for more information about the early days of skiing there in the mid-60’s.

Bob Sisco commented on the demise of Norway Mountain in the UP and also on Grand Haven Ski Bowl and Pando. We will (sadly) move Norway to our “lost list” if they do not reopen by January, where it will join its predecessors, Briar Mountain, Vulcan USA, and maybe Norvul. He also deplored the death of Sugarloaf and pointed out that there are pictures of its lifts on the site in the 1964 listings. There is a link to the site on our Skiing History Sources page in our Resources area. Scroll down to Midwest areas and ou will find that Sugarloaf is underlined. Click on it and it will list all 6 chairs and the J-bar (all Halls except chair #2 which is a Van Roll). The lift names are underlined, too, and if you click on them you will go to a picture gallery for that lift.

Nick Karloff commented on the location of Bald Mountain in the Lake Orion area. Chris VanderHart commented on our link to the video about Mt. Mancelona. He also sent us some photos via e-mail and we will try to make them available as soon as we get back from Boyne Country. Mike Siegel noted that in 1997 there was a series of blues concerts in the Timber Lee lodge near Traverse City and some mountain biking activity on the hill. If I remember, the property is still being used, primarily as a rental hall. And Nancy Williams Gustafson commented on growing up near Briar Hill in Mesick and jumping off the old ski jump with her red skis with leather tow straps! Way to go, Nancy.


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2 Responses to MILSAP Updates, Nov. 29, 2012

  1. Tom Oakes says:

    If you get a chance, there are some great black and white photos in the bar at Cannonsburg, and at least 1/3 of them are not from the ‘burg ( I have taught there since 1974)…I believe some of them are from Big M, towards Manistee

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