MILSAP, the Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project is intended to be patterned after NELSAP, the New England Lost Ski Areas Project. NELSAP was formed around 1998 to memorialize the ski areas in New England that were no longer serving the skiing public. Over the years, they have identified almost 700 areas in New England and nearby states. For some, they just have the name, for others the location and dates of operation. For a few, they have detailed information including trail maps, brochures, press clippings, personal reminiscences, etc.
We have organized the Michigan areas by: Jumping Hills, Ski Regions (for lost areas) and Current Areas (for the history of ski areas that are still open). You can find these links on the drop-down menus at the bottom of our header. You can also see the complete list of our area pages at the bottom of the right-hand pane on each of our pages. If your android device works like mine, you will do better to use the page links at the right.
We would like to accumulate as much information as possible about former ski areas in Michigan, We especially wish to establish exact location, dates of operation, lift configuration, vertical, and number of trails. If we can get pictures or movies taken while the area was operating, or brochures or trail maps, that would be a real bonus. If we can get information, pictures, etc. documenting what happened to the area after it closed, so much the better.
You are most welcome to post information, speculation, or reminiscences on our pages. If you post something related to a specific ski area, it will get seen by more people who are interested in that area if you post it on the page devoted to the area. If you post it on this page, or our home page, or one of the regional pages, most people will not see it.
If you have items in digital form, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have hard-copy items you cannot digitize, please email me and I will get you my snail mail address. You can send copies or, if you send originals and so request, I will copy them and return the originals.
For a little more information about MILSAP, listen to our interview on Interlochen Public Radio on January 6, 2012. The interview was taped on the afternoon of January 5. At the time it was airing on Friday morning, I was busy fracturing my collarbone in a ski accident. Should have stayed inside to do the interview live.