According to a clipping from the August 22, 1957 Otsego County Herald Times, Walloon Hills was a new ski area being built at that time and would open for the 1857-58 season. The new Poma lift was the 91st installed in the country. The clipping is available for viewing along with other maps and pictures on the Walloon Lake Wanderings webpage.
In 1958, Sports Illustrated reported that Walloon Hills had 4 miles of trails and a 2000′ poma lift with a 400′ rise. The previous year, Walloon had been open 98 days and served 5000 skiers.
In 1959, Sports Illustrated noted that Walloon added a 1655′ Roebling T bar with a 340′ rise. On Feb. 3, 1966, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Guide to Winter Sports Fun in Michigan. It listed Walloon as having 9 slopes from 2300 to 4000′ long, several trails, a T-Bar, Poma, and 3 tows.
Walloon Hills became one of Ev Kircher’s Boyne Country ski areas in the 1970’s. On the Walloon Lake Wanderings website there are copies of ads published in the Otsego County Herald Times in 1972 and 1973 offering elementary and high school students from local counties the opportunity to purchase a “White Season Pass” good at Walloon Hills and Thunder Mountain for $75. Later, he donated the acreage and lodge to Challenge Mountain, a non-profit, volunteer ski area for the mentally and physically challenged. Challenge Mountain is still operating.
Near the end of Feb. 2012, Mt. Holly patroller Jeremy Chesnutt visited Challenge Mountain looking for the remains of the Walloon Hills complex. These pictures are from his trip.