In the “Michigan Mirror” column of The Cass City Chronicle for Fri., Nov. 9, 1956, Lake Valley near Grayling is mentioned among a list of rapidly developing ski areas in Michigan.
According to a Consumers Power brochure from about 1959, Lake Valley was 12 mi east of Kalkaska and 13 mi west of Grayling off Hwy 72. They had 6 runs, rope tows, a chalet lodge and motel with ski fitting and a repair shop. Snacks and meals were available.
Currently, in an area close to where the ski area is described, an Orthodox Jewish camp has been operating for many years on Lake Valley Road. Camp Gan Israel – Kalkaska is operated by CGI Detroit for youth from the Orthodox community. In July, 2010 a camp alumnus, Uri Laber, dedicated the pool he donated to the camp 32 years after his camping experience there. That would mean that if this is the former Lake Valley ski area, it had been purchased as a camp sometime prior to 1978.
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