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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One Response to MILSAP Updates, April 12, 2016

  1. Jay moore says:

    Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to keep this history alive. I really enjoy visiting the site and hearing the stories … It brings back so many great memories of times past.

    Jay Moore … A skiing kid of the 60’s, still skiing in my 60’s

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