On Dec. 21, 1951, The Ludington Daily News snow report listed Pioneer Hills near Roscommon with 8″ new snow.
According to a Consumers Power brochure from around 1959, Pioneer Hills was located 3.5 mi. northwest of Roscommon on the Higgins Lake Road. It had 3 ski runs with 2 rope tows, instruction, and a lodge with rental equipment, ski shop and a snack bar. It was open daily with night skiing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The area was located on a ridge just west of the middle of Higgins Lake, now just east of I-75, just before it joins US-127. On the topo you can see the hill with about 150′ of vertical, but on the satellite, I’m not sure I can identify any runs. The area is just south of exit 288 on I-75, identified as either Old M-66 or W Federal Hwy. Turn south on Co Rd 101 and when you get to Pioneer Hills Marine on the left, you have arrived. The ski area was kitty-corner on the right.
Pioneer Hill is still used for sledding. There is a video on YouTube of someone climbing the hill in the Fall with a view from the top. The narration mentions snowboarding on the hill.
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