In the early 1970’s, when I was patrolling at Mt. Maria, after a good natural snowfall, we occasionally would hike over the top of the hill to the east of our ski area where we could ski the abandoned slopes of a former ski area which closed a few years before Mt. Maria opened. From the bottom of the slopes, we would have to hike back along the road to the Mt. Maria lodge. My recollection is that the area was called Timber-something. and that it had closed after its lodge burned, not an uncommon story in Michigan in the 50’s and 60’s.
John Thompson confirmed on July 1, 2014 that the area was called Timberline and was just east of Mt. Maria at the south end of Hubbard Lake. He says it had two rope tows and the longer one was a “real killer on top”. He says it was owned by Bob Peters and it only operated for 4 or 5 years.
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