The Homestead was opened in 1940, using a lodge referred to by that name on the grounds of the private Leelenau Schools. It is in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, one of the most beautiful, scenic places in the US.
In 1963, The Leelanau School was reorganized from a privately owned school to a non-profit corporation and a portion of the original school property, including the Homestead Lodge, was transferred to the resort which was modernized and expanded at this time.
I do not know when skiing began on the property or when lifts were first installed. Winter activities were encouraged at the school, so likely the students and faculty were touring the dunes on skis and snowshoes long before 1940. The school was an early supporter of competitive alpine skiing and appears to have been, along with the public school in Traverse City, instrumental in the development of nearby Sugarloaf as a ski area.
The Homestead now offers skiing an snowboarding on their dune with 2 triple and one double chairlifts and one rope tow as well as x-c skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating.
If you have any information about the development of skiing at The Homestead, please post your comments here or send them to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.