According to a Consumers Power brochure circa 1959, Udell Hills was 18.5 mi east of Manistee, south of M-55. They had 17 runs, 9 tows with rental equipment, and a shelter house with a snack bar, lounge and modern rest rooms. Topo shows the area had about 200′ vertical.
Teachski.com shows two postcards for the Manistee Ski Area. One postcard identifies the area as being in the Manistee National Forest, 16 mi. East of Manistee off M-55. The 2nd picture is identified in their library as Udell Hills. That picture shows the base lodge and identifies it as the Manistee Ski Area in the Udell Hills with 17 slopes and 9 tows. Is this the base lodge for Manistee or Udell Hills, or were the Manistee Ski Area and Udell Hills the same area? How about the Big M Ski Area?