The above picture is from the teachski.com Michigan Page. Reach it http://teachski.com/pcindex2004/MainpgMichigan.htm
Mt. Maria was at the S. end of Hubbard Lake. It functioned as a ski area in the 1960’s and 70’s. Originally, it’s main lift was a fixed-pole Poma lift with a rope tow on the beginner hill and the back hill. The poma lift was replaced with a double chairlift in the 70’s.
On Jan. 4, 1968, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Guide to Winter Sports Fun in Michigan which listed Mt. Maria with 5 slopes, Pomalift, 2 ropes, snowmaking and night skiing. They don’t mention them, but the bar served great burgers.
The Mt. Maria property was redeveloped as a resort/real estate development and is now for sale. The former link with pictures of the site no longer works, but you can see the real-estate listing complete with hyperbole (“Lake Tahoe of the East”) at http://pressreleaseheadlines.com/mt-maria-preserve-offers-breathtaking-elevations-1000-100-acres-northern-michigan-15431. As of July, 2014, the area (along with the neighboring Timberline Ski Area acreage) was sold at auction and the new owners may think about re-opening them as a new ski area.