In a Consumers Power brochure from about 1959, this area is described as being 4 miles south of the intersection of M-55 and US-27 and 1.5 miles west of US-27. It had 16 runs, 9 rope tows, instruction, snowmaking and a lodge with rentals, ski shop and snack bar. On Dec. 24, 1959, The Luddington Daily News listed the Houghton Lake Snow Bowl with a 4 to 6″ base and fair to good skiing. On Feb. 10, 1961, the same paper had them with 3″ fresh powder over a 4″ base with good skiing. On Jan. 4, 1968, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Guide to Winter Sports Fun in Michigan which listed Snow Bowl with 27 runs, 13 tows, and snowmaking. Later that year, the Detroit Free Press on October 27, 1968 listed Snow Bowl among 7 ski areas that would cease operation that year.
Memorialized by Snow Bowl Road, which crosses US-27 south of Houghton Lake, the area seems to have been on a ridge of small hills at the south end of Barney Lake, about a mile west of US-127. There is a Snow Bowl Rd. exit. On the satellite, you can identify the remains of the trails.
On June 12, 2012, Ralph Matheson sent us a scan of a brochure from Snow Bowl he says he found years ago in the 70’s on a trip to the area for hill-climbing. He says the resort was still there, but trashed. I assume he means the structures were still standing. I’m not sure of the date of the brochure, so if you know, please help us out.
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