Merry Christmas everyone. Those of you who follow us on Facebook know we spent Xmas Eve watching “Sun Valley Serenade” (1941) on TCM. It hot only has the best skiing scenes of any movie before “The Blizzard of Aahs”, it has a Michigan connection. In the movie, the actors ride up the old Mt. Baldy single chair. That is the chair that Ev Kircher moved to Boyne Mountain when it opened. The following year, he converted it into a double. The original loading and unloading structures, seen in the movie, are still in use on the Hemlock double.
Since December 17, we have approved 10 new comments. More than half of them were from Tom Hammond, Henry Hammond, or Kyle Waara who have been trying to remember the names of all the slopes at Kandahar. Once they get them down, I’ll ask them what the slope names were when the area was called Summit.
Norm has fond memories of snowboarding at Skyline on a cold Friday night before moving on to Boyne the next day. He says Boyne had more vertical, but Skyline was more fun. Mike Inman also commented about Skyline where he learned to ski in ’74. Mike commented about Sugarloaf, too, remembering how Awful Awful took his breath away the first time he dropped in. Dennis Harwood remembered Sylvan Knob, especially the owners: Lynn and Ruth Mead and their son, Lynn, Jr. and ski instructors Al and Mike Weiland (father and son). His comment was a reply to a question by Chris Marty.
Chris Marty also gave us a new ski area, The Village Inn at Walloon Lake, and re-confirmed another, the Flint Parks and Recreation hill near Swartz Creek Golf Course.