I have a listing dated 1970 from long-time ski patroller Gregg Reese which he found in his father’s papers. Alton A. (Bud) Reese was a patroller and officer with the Northern Michigan Region of the National Ski Patrol. A roster found in his files lists patrol directors and their patrols from 1970. On the list are a George and Susan Whitehead, listed as directors for the patrol at Barn Mountain. I have found that locals in Boyne City refer to one of the slopes in the Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area (a city park and former site of Avalanche Peak Ski Area) as Barn Mountain. Apparently, the ski area was once known by that name according to Gary Curatolo in a post below. He speculates they changed the name to capitalize on Boyne Mountain advertising and to avoid scaring away skiers who might fear the name “Avalanche.”
On Jan. 4, 1968, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Michigan “Guide to 1968 Winter Sports Fun.” It listed Barn Mountain in Boyne City with 14 runs, a double chairlift, 2 Poma lifts and rope tows. That Fall, in the October 27, 1968 Detroit Free Press, an article lists Barn Mountain among 7 ski areas that were discontinuing operations that year.
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