It’s been two months since our last update and we have received 14 new comments. It is now well into summer in Michigan and prime time to visit those “lost” ski areas to hike the trails and explore the woods for archaeological remains. Be sure to watch out for ticks!
Dan Sampson left a comment on our Fonro page that his band, The Country Cousins, had played the lodge in ’75. Scott Hopkins said that he first skied (and first saw a real snowboard) at Canadian Lakes in ’89 or ’90. He returned there the following year, but the lifts were not running, so they sledded and snurfed. He left his comment in the Milsap Updates comments and I will move it to the Canadian Lakes page.
Carolyn Nye Boyd left a memorial comment on the Skyline page for her mother, Mary Lou, wife of the former owner, who passed away on Memorial Day this year.
Emilio commented on our Kandahar page that he raced there once in ’95, his only race. Michael Hodges left memories of skiing at Dryden with his cousins. He remembers them racing (he was too young), the goat, and staying in the bunkhouse. Joe Nanney commented about Circle TNT that his father and uncles owned the place. He grew up there working and racing motocross in the summer. They just called it “the lodge.”
Torr Williams has some great memories about growing up in the Briar Hill area. Cyd Archer, daughter of the former owners of Carousel Mountain, left a comment in the MILSAP Updates comments. I will move it to the Carousel Mountain page. She has just donated a lot of memorabilia to the Thiel Research Center at Hope College which is part of the joint archives of Holland, Michigan. She has more information about Carousel and other “lost” areas that her father helped develop, like Mt. Christie. I have tried to contact her, but the email address I used isn’t working. I will try to find a correct one.
Bob Sisco sent a link to a Poma ad for Walloon Hills. Bill Endres says he would like to get us a picture of Chainsaw Mtn near Maple city. I will see if I can get it from him. Pat Dorsey left a comment about Mont Gabriel in the Milsap Updates area. I will move it to the Mont Gabriel page. Mike commented on Indianhead that both Indianhead and Blackjack are now owned by the same developer. They sell a combined ticket and run shuttles between the areas.
Monica Farrier left a comment on the Village Inn page that she is the new owner. She commented on the history and said she has information about the “baby Poma” and left a link to more information about the history of this resort.
Finally, Dave Fons asked “Why are you doing this?” Dave, I’ll let you know when I figure that out.
Bob Knox, Publisher
Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project