On Fri., Mar. 14, 1941, the “Michigan Mirror” column of The Cass City Chronicle said:
Harrison has two skating rinks, a new mile-long ski run, and a daredevil toboggan slide.
I do not know if this refers to Snowsnake Mountain or some other location in or near town.
On Dec. 21, 1951, The Ludington Daily News snow report listed Snowsnake as having 12″ new snow. Ten years later, on Feb. 10, 1961, the same paper reported them with 2″ new snow on a 3″ base for good skiing. In the January 4, 1968 issue of The Cass City Chronicle, the “AAA Michigan Winter Fun List” says, ” Snowsnake Mountain is 9 mi. north of Clare on US-27 freeway at the Lake George exit.” They had 10 slopes, 5 tows, x-c trails and a sleigh bowl. They offered night skiing Wed., Fri. and Sat.
Snow snakes were sticks used for winter games by native American tribes including the Chippewas in Michigan. Was Snow Snake Mountain named after a local Native American passtime?
Snow Snake Ski and Golf is still operating near Harrison. They offer golf and zip-lines in the summer and are currently preparing for the 2011-2012 ski season.
If you have any information about the early days of skiing in Michigan at Snow Snake Mountain, please post them or send them to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.