In the Fri., Nov. 9, 1956 issue of The Cass City Chronicle, the “Michigan Mirror” column lists Black Mountain near Cheboygan in a list of rapidly developing ski areas in Michigan. Black Mountain Ski Area is listed on a map in a Consumers Power brochure listing top ski areas in the northern lower peninsula. The brochure is not dated, but appears to be from the around 1959. They note that the area had 8 runs and 6 rope tows and a toboggan hill with a lodge offering instruction, snack bar and a ski shop. They were open Fridays and weekends.
Black Mountain is located just east of Us-23 on the north shore of Black Lake, south east of Cheboygan. The mountain is now contained within the Black Mountain Forest Recreation Area which has more than 30 miles of hiking and x-c ski trails. On a clear day, skiers can even catch glimpses of Lake Huron to the east.
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