The Otsego Ski Club opened in 1939. On Fri., Mar. 14, 1941, the “Michigan Mirror” column of The Cass City Chronicle said:
At Gaylord, highest point of the lower peninsula,(is)the Otsego Ski Club, with a log clubhouse overlooking the majestic Valley of White Sands through which the Sturgeon River twists...
In 1955, Alan Gornick purchased the resort from the estate of Donald McLouth. Today, the 4000 acre resort has 105 guest rooms, 4 golf courses, ski hill, and restaurant. OSC for a time also referred to the ski area they operated as a private club with no public sales as Hidden Valley.
In 1959, Sports Illustrated noted: Hidden Valley, Gaylord added a 1380′ double chair lift with a 270′ rise added by Otsego Ski Club; admission by membership only.
As of this writing, Otsego has been in continuous operation as a ski area for 72 years and is the oldest ski club in America with it’s own ski facility. They have 5 chairlifts, including a high speed quad and 2 halfpipes.
There was a report last spring (2012) that the area would not re-open for the 2012-13 season. However, their website was updated in late fall (2012) to indicate that winter operations will continue under the control of a new company consisting of two ski club members. The ski area opened as planned for the 2012-13 season on Dec. 26. They plan to be open for the season on weekends and holidays. It seems that we do not have to move it to our “lost” areas section.