Kandahar Ski Club – Fenton

Formerly the Summit Ski Club, the Kandahar Ski Club continued to operate as a private club with public ticket sales through the 1970’s until it was subdivided and became a housing development.

According to businessprofiles.com, the “KANDAHAR SKI CLUB OF MICHIGAN was formed on 1947-12-22 in Michigan by TERRY PEABODY.” Their universal business ID was MI-721122. The company has since been dissolved. Doug Atwater, below, states that the club operated at an earlier location on state land before acquiring the former Summit location. According to a post by “grumpyoldguy”  on Liftlines Skiing and Snowboarding Forums, Motor News, the AAA Michigan magazine,  in Jan 1962 listed both Summit Ski Club and Kandahar Ski Club. The latter was apparently operating in the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. On the Satellite map, the most likely location would have been on the north side of a ridge just south of the current modern campsites. The 1961 version of the AAA Winter Sports Fun List sent to us by Casey Buckleitner shows the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area as a ski site for the Kandahar Ski Club with (I think) 5 slopes and 3 tows (it’s hard to read).

The Evening Independent from St. Petersburg, FL, in an article on page 9B of their Nov. 17, 1970 issue listed Kandahar as a new ski area in Michigan, operated as a private club. Neither Kandahar (nor Summit) was listed in the 1971 AAA Michigan Winter Sports Fun List (published in Dec. 1970), perhaps because it was primarily a private area.


On our Facebook page, Brad Tetu commented (jokingly) that Kandahar is in Afghanistan. He’s right, and I had long wondered why the area was called that. I figured it might have to do with the big ski race in Germany, but that just pushes the question forward to how a ski race in Germany came to be named for a city in Afghanistan. I don’t have the full answer, but here goes:

Kandahar is the 2nd largest city in Afghanistan. It was founded in 330 BCE by Alexander the Great and was named by him “Alexandria” as his habit was to name all the cities he founded by that name. Over the centuries, the name morphed into Kandahar.

In 1880, a British General in the Army of India named Frederick Roberts had just  conquered Kabul when he had to lead a relief force to Kandahar. He won the Battle of Kandahar on September 1, 1880 and received many accolades. He went on to serve with distinction in India and Africa and was awarded the title of Baron of Kandahar (even though the British had withdrawn from Afghanistan long before). After he retired in the early 1900′s, he was active in British alpine sporting clubs and donated trophies for several races, some of which were named “Kandahar” in his honor. Today there are slopes or races by that name in Germany, Austria, and France.

I suspect that the Kandahar Ski Club in Michigan was named for one of those European slopes or events, perhaps by a German or Austrian immigrant or maybe a WWII vet who had served there. If any of you know how the Kandahar Ski Club got its name, please let us know.

Here is a link to current pictures of the hill.

Here are some pictures and maps of Kandahar sent to us by Harry Hammond:

More Kandahar Pictures from Heather Orr:

Kandahar 3 kandahar 2 kandahar 1

Bad Jess

Bad Jess, Kandahar utility vehicle, courtesy of Harry Hammond

Slope Names for Kandahar
Slope Names for Kandahar

Several former Kandahar members have been working on a list of the slope names. Harry Hammond sent us their latest effort on 01/16/2014.

73 Responses to Kandahar Ski Club – Fenton

  1. Marcia Hengehold says:

    Sure had a lot of good times at Kandahar!

    • alan wieling says:

      kanahar at pontiac lake had a 60 0r 70 meter skii jump. i have stood at the end of it in the spring without snow.
      use to be great to sled and tobagoinng under the ski jump in the winter.
      the hill just north east was where we brought our children to sled in the winter one walk up was about all you could do.

    • C says:

      Was looking at a car in Fenton and decided to look for Kandahar. My counselor, Mrs. Heydon, at Carter used to bring the ski club to Kandahar every Wednesday night. We paid $8.00. For so long I thought it was all a figment of my imagination. Never heard of the place after 1978. Never ever saw or heard of a Poma lift before. But what a perfect way to learn how to ski.

  2. I dated a girl who’s family (Beevers) skied there.

  3. Pat Phillips says:

    Kandahar kid here. Packing snow on the 21 meter jump at 10-yrs old with zero parents around. 80+ feet with Rossignol Smash J’s. Tow ropes! Very fast tow ropes. Boomerang!!!

    Memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Kandahar!

  4. Scott Pryde says:

    I am a life long skier, collegiate racer and now father of skiers/snowboarders and all of my love of skiing started with every weekend at Kandahar!! Winter friends, jumping, hitting the 22 meter ski jump, the Olympics; man, what a place to be with family and friends.

    Boomerang and Bob-el were the two fastest rope tows ever!!

  5. Tom Hammond says:

    I grew up on the east side of Kandahar and skied there from 1975 until I graduated from Fenton high school in 1982. I also worked as a tow-attendant to earn a free ski pass! I could put on my skis at the back door and ski down to the tow rope at the bottom of East (Sunrise).

    I also used the rickety ski jump for a few seasons. For as small as the hill was, it was a hopping place in it’s prime. Quite a few members from the Detroit suburbs would come out for the day. The fall work weekends and the spring cleanup was fun too. I made lots of little-while friends over the years.

    So, for all you Kandahar kids, who can name ALL the hills and trails?

  6. Tracy says:

    WOW! what is it? Thirty-some years later….. count me in as a Kandahar brat too! Coolest way to grow up, put your ski gear on at home, push across the back yard, catch the town rope and be gone ALL DAY! Only taking hot chocolate or tomoto soup breaks! Thank you dad for making that possible!

  7. john says:

    I’m a kandahar brat as well, growing up there was great. Remember timberline with the palma lift and the rope tow that mid way you had to switch ropes from left to right, ya memories. John

  8. Tina Swanson says:

    Wow, Love reading all the responses. My brother and I were Kandahar kids too. What great memories. Our father recently passed ( 10/5/2012) and I was remembering the good ole days at Kandahar. Hot chocholate, donuts and making hamburgers and hotdogs over the fire. Racing down the hills getting as many runs in as possible.
    My father was on the ski Patrol. Hans Zilkenat. Thanks dad for all the great memories.
    What year did Kandahar close?

    • Jan Althoff-Pas says:

      Don’t remember what yr it closed, but I’ll never forget the sound/feel when they blew it up to make way for the “exclusive gated community “

  9. Doug Atwater says:

    Great memories! My parents won our membership in a bridge tournament. Member # 120. Does anyone remember the old Kandahar that was on State land pre Summit? Sorry to see that Hans passed Tina. I was a Ski Patroller (still am at Mt. Holly) at Kandahar. Your dad was the Best. Even took me to his shop one day to look at the clay patterns they made. Lots of good times!

  10. greg ellis says:

    I worked for Leo Doan & Ed Ostrander at Summit ski lodge in”58&59″ [for a ski pass]. I spliced\rope
    & did manc.\elect. work when needed. In 1971 i bought 2 acre’s on the east side[Mabley – Hill Rd.]
    from Leo Doan. I did build a home on said ground. Harry Hamond my neighbor would know a-lot of
    info. about Kandahar also. We managed the ski-lodge & the out side slope’s, in”76&77″….
    A small group of “G.M. ex’s & their wife’s named the prop. Kandahar…
    The membership had to work so many hr’s +money to keep the ski area private.
    About the Ski patrol//// . I knew Bob Hard &Geri [passed] very well.. Their son David & i are good
    friends, he lives in .AZ. You can reach him fenton hi. school class of 1960 or on Face book
    Greg Ellis.

    • Mark says:

      This is an old post but perhaps you are still monitoring it. I am Mark Ostrander, Ed was my father, he passed away a few years ago. My dad worked in Detroit for the PLC, and later for the city, and spent his weekends working on Summit. This was before I was born, my only “memories” of Summit are through pictures of the old rope lift, a couple of bulldozers, and my mother looking very young. My brother Bill has a enamel Summit Ski Lodge pin which I covet. Any chance you have one of those lying around?

  11. And, I’m the Harry that worked with Greg. I have many stories, history, recollections, fondness for the heydays of the club. I have photos from back then and a lot more as a continuing “next door neighbor”. We’ve lived at the bottom of Sunrise (East) since 1973. We’ve seen and experienced the property at its best and its worst. As an exclusive home site development, now called Foley Ridge. it’s in grand shape, but hardly recognizable as a ski area.

  12. R case says:

    Grew up skiing at Kandahar in the 60s and 70s. My farther bob case just passed away last week and we were watching old movies of us skiing with him there. He was also on the patrol. R case

  13. Mike Allor says:

    I can still smell the fireplace! We used to snowmobile to Kandahar from our house on White Lake Road, over the power line -all before we were teenagers! My brother Tony and sisters Kristin & Kelly were fortunate to be a part of this family. We still ski and snowboard whenever we can. We remember the Pushies, the Perczaks, the Thortons, the Heallys, the Phillips, the Crandalls, the Stumps, Dale Sinclair, Chicky Packard, the Callards, and more. I know where the Timberline sign is!

  14. Tony Slosar says:

    We were a Kandahar family for several years. Remember all the peoples Mike mentions plus Philburns. Great fun.

  15. Patrick Markey "PJ" says:

    Great memories, I now patrol at a rope tow place called Pando near Grand Rapids. I was just telling my kids about the rope switch on timberline.

  16. R. Black says:

    After 40 years I’ve had only fading memories and a hand full of photographs . As a local bonafide ski bum, I cut my teeth on borrowed skis with cub co bindings. I met a lifetime of pals and pretty girls and met my wife of 30 years. I cant tell you all how pleased I am to have found this site. Lets all update as often as we can. Its so true, the rope tows on bob-el and boomerang were off the charts! Thank goodness for duct tape.

  17. Tony says:

    “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone; they paved paradise …” . As kids you take things for granted. Now, these 40 years later; so many fond memories … I sure miss Kandahar.
    As little kids my siblings and I all learned to ski (pole-less) there.
    It was only a few years ago that I finally threw out a box of ski gloves with the the palms blown out that had been tucked away in a forgotten corner of my mother’s garage attic … the fast ropes at Kandahar!
    I liked going with my father and brothers to do our work hours in the off-season too … the view from the hilltop was absolutely stunning in the summer, and especially in the autumn.

  18. Will says:

    We were a Kandahar family too. Love reading about fast ropes and duct tape. My kids don’t get it. I have great memories of the Olympics and still have a first place ribbon and a silver medal 40 years later. Still skiing. Love the pictures.

  19. R. Black says:

    When I logged my first entry it looked as though this priceless site showed signs of stalling.so on behalf of all nostalgia,thanks for your feedback and fond memories.i wanted to say, ”don’t get me started;” but considering we are what some might classify as ”the keepers of the flame”, check this site often, I have a treasure chest of tales. I am noticing a bit of a generation gap. I can tell you i will be 57 shortly so most of my comments including first names may be read by their grandchildren. names such as RUDY, BUZZ, STU, and ”WILD BILL CUDDY” just to name a few.so I say to all that survived and those we miss….” REMEMBER THE SUMMIT” oh and as long as I’ve got your attention, I need to borrow a quarter for 12 inches of duct tape , i’ll pay you back tomorrow. ”pray for snow” R.B.

    • Susan Knickerbocker Field says:

      Randy, you were like a God to me and my friends! We loved watching you do flips and other stunts😀

  20. R. Black says:

    I know, I just submitted a comment, and its four o clock in the morning. I spent several years out west and several more at BOYNE MT. as a snow maker, so based on all those long cold nights I can only assume I’ve evolved, nocturnally. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade those cold, wet nights for anything. Except maybe a season pass at TAOS. I do want to apologize for the use of ”WILD BILL CUDDY’s” name in my previous comment but if anyone knows of his contribution locally in regards to the birth of extreme freestyle skiing in the early seventies you will understand why I felt his name was worth mentioning. He inspired me that ”big air” and ”big bumps” were a lot more fun than just carving turns on a groomed slope at times a lot more painful but like a fellow extremest always told me ”go big” ”or go home”.

  21. Bill says:

    I didn’t ski at Kandahar, but I participated in a few mountain bike races there in the early 1990’s. A mountain bike racing series was held there for a few years in the early 90’s. The races started at the bottom of the slope in front of the lodge and went straight up it. What a way to start, legs and lungs fried. It was a tough course…always wondered if Kandahar was still around.

  22. Patrick Phillips says:

    Awesome pictures! Love reading the feedback too.

    Some of my most memorable life experiences was winning the racing and jumping contests at the world renowned Kandahar Olympics all throughout my childhood. Oh, and stealing beer from the snowbanks by the front doors…
    I’m 47 this year, living in Colorado, and I ski 60-days/yr. I stopped stealing beer after college…

  23. Tony says:

    Recently cleaning out the attic I came across my skis and poles that I’d used in my later Kandahar days and into my 20’s.
    I set them aside to throw them out.
    I’m over 50 now and I have not skied in since I was in my mid 30’s . The last time I did go, enticed into some midnight skiing at Alpine Valley, it was the first time I’d gone in 10 or so years. Getting forward on my skis my toe bindings released … “yard sale” on the slopes.
    I guess I’d put on weight since the Kandahar days. (Doh … yes, that is why toe bindings are adjustable. )
    Haven’t had gone skiing since.
    The posts and pics here remind me that maybe I’m not quite ready to give up the skis after all..
    Just need to get new bindings or lose a few pounds 😉
    Thanks to all who’ve posted or provided photos. Any more photos of the lodge interior … or the half-tracks, snowcats or that smaller one that looked like a WW1 military tank (another type of snowcat?)?

  24. Matt Idoni says:

    Jeez. The memories are so thick I have to brush them away. $.10 strips of duct tape. The Kandahar Hat. The Olympics. Hoping the heater worked in the tow rope shed when you had to work. Broken arm on North. Trying to pull into the parking lot after 12″ of snow in a rear wheel drive van.

  25. Tom Knighton says:

    I skied Kandahar in the 50’s when the rope tows were powered by automobile engines. I was only 4 or 5 at the time, and my mother taught me how to side step up the hill. I think it was near Drayton Plains at the time, and I remember passing a corn crib on the way to the lodge. We still belonged to the club when it moved to the Summit Ski Lodge. I skied there until my teens.

  26. Tom Hammond says:

    My dad and I were trying to recall the names of all the slopes at Kandahar. We’ve come up with the following list. I know there are more – perhaps this list will jog your memory and you can help. Once we’ve filled in the blanks, my dad will post a picture of the “mountain” with all the slopes annotated. Here goes, clockwise, starting at the lodge: Timberline, Snowflake (bunny hill), Bob El, Boomerang, Long John, Skidmore Ridge, North, Apache Trail, Sunrise (East), Intermediate, Snowdrift.

    “Intermediate” probably had an “official” name, but we can’t recall. At the base of Intermediate were two beginner runs, side by side, each with it’s own rope tow. The one on the left (west) was Snowdrift, we think.

    Some unnamed trails / runs we can’t recall. From the top of Bob El heading west down through the trees to the base of Boomerang was named what?

    The trail that went from the top of Intermediate down through the pine trees and exited the woods at the base of Intermediate above the go-cart track was named?

    Hope you find this kind of silly trivia as fun as we have.


    • Kyle Waara says:

      Tony’s Trainer was the “bunny hill” next to the maintenance garages. Snowflake was the really flat hill next to Snowdrift. Upper Snowdrift was the official name of “Intermediate”. There was also Sweet Pea that ran from the top of Bob-El behind the tow booth to the bottom of Boomerang. I know North had an official name but can’t remember it. It was some kind of Native American sounding name. I think the ridge cutoff from North to Boomerang had a name too. There was also a cut-off that was closed most of the time along Skidmore Ridge near the bottom of it. I think it was Flying Rock Ridge, but that could have been the Boomerang cut-off. My family were members from the Pontiac Lake Rec. Area days up until the land was sold. My grandfather Rudy did all of the grooming of the hills, and I learned to drive a manual trans in the Sno-Cat. My brother and I used to go in every weekend with my grandfather to open, start up Bob-El’s rope tow and sled the hill while he was grooming the other areas. I miss skiing Kandahar and wish it was still open.

      • Kyle Waara says:

        I just remembered the ridge between Timberline and Bob-El was named Chicken Ridge. Also does anyone remember the night the Timberline lifts both broke down and we used the Sno-Cat with a knotted rope behind it to tow skiers to the top?

      • Tom Hammond says:

        What great memories you have, Kyle. Thank you for the clarification and filling in of details. I will try to recall the official name of North. It’s there, I have to jog it loose. So, was the name of the ridge cut-off down to the bottom of Long John called Avalanche? Seems to me that there was a run with that name. I do remember that there was no snow-making equipment on that part of the hill, so it took a good amount of natural snow to open those runs. Also, I swear that there was a run called Parallel, but I can’t place it. I would have never remembered Tony’s Trainer (obviously named after or in honor of Tony) or Sweat Pea. I do recall how flat and slow Snowflake was. We used to take a short cut trail through the trees from Upper Snowdrift to the stop of Snowflake. If I recall, if the snow wasn’t really deep, we skied over snow making air supply pipes on the ground.

        So you got to drive the Snow-Cat? I remember wanting to be a snow maker when I grew up. Fantasy job. Little did I know or understand the reality of that job. I assumed that the snow makers did all of the grooming. It seemed like Kandahar was in the big leagues when they got the Sno-Cat. Prior to that, they used the green Bombardier with the t-handle and a small roller groomer about the size of a yard roller. Remember that?

        I’d like to hear any other memories you have of the place. Thanks again.

      • Donald Ferguson says:

        me and my dad Built My First Cub Scout derby car in that maintenance building my dad was Donald Ferguson I’m don jr. I think it was around 1961 when I learned how to ski at the summit when Leo Doan owned it. so many good memories from there I used to ski with John callard I believe his dad was a ski patrol back then. I wish that I still had an old Summit Ski Club patch it was blue and white trim with a matching pin

  27. Kyle Waara says:

    I remember the small green 2 track groomer, but I never remember it running. You could be correct on Avalanche, it sounds familiar. I used to do all sorts of things around there, my grandpa Rudy used to do all kinds of things around there, so I was always helping him with stuff. I was only 13 when I was driving the Sno-Cats, and would mow the hills with the old Ford tractor in the fall. I remember skiing all the little paths through the woods like the one you were talking about from Upper Snowdrift to Snowflake. Also the trail from the top of North to the bottom of East. I think they ruined East (Sunrise) when they put in the half-pipe. I was just remembering too, I think the south side of East next to the woods had a different name too. I don’t remember the name of the trail through the woods that came out along the go-cart track but I used to love skiing in there.

  28. Harry Hammond says:

    Thanks for all the slope names, Kyle. I’ll finish labeling them on a great aerial photo taken by a member for the purpose of “advertising” at the Detroit Ski Show in 1976. Then, I’ll post that photo here along with one of the green Jeep flat-bed utility truck named Bad Jess that Rudy drove.

  29. Jerry howcroft says:

    I have a nice pic of the front view of Kandahar from the 70′s if you want it. Jerry howcroft

  30. Rex A Stump says:

    I skied their as a kid. Loved it. Great memories.

    • t he ans weri saque stion? says:

      and you did back flips too i think if i remember correctly??! i was a wee lad and there was a jump with a flat slush pit landing at the bottom of timberline that you and someone else were doing aerials on. a strong memory for me…

  31. Pam & Ron Andersen says:

    Michele Hillis and I (Pam Andersen) used to help manage Kandahar lodge, check in the familys and hire the tow attendents. What fun it is to read all the messages from so many familiar people. Kyle, we worked with your Grandpa Rudy and loved that man!! We winter at THE VILLAGES, FL. and guess what Our neighbors are the Jim & Caroline Glennie family from Farmiongton, who we used to check in at Kandahar. What a small world. Have become great friends with them
    Hi to all! pam

  32. Cliff Essman says:

    I inherited alot of vintage ski pins from the 60’s that my father produced. I have a triangular one with a skier that says Kandahar Ski Club Detroit…any interest in it? Cliff218@gmail.com

    • MILSAP says:

      Cliff, if you want to sell these pins, let us know how much you want for them. If you could send pictures of the ones from Michigan, we will put them on our pins and patches page with your contact info and mention you on our blog and our Facebook page.

      • Cliff Essman says:

        Here is the entire list of my pins, minus just a few that I sold already….sorry if this is a duplicate message:
        Albuquerque Ski Club
        All Year FSC
        Alla Mage skiers
        Alpine Meadows 3
        Alpine Ski Shop
        Arctic Blades FSC
        Arizona Snow Bowl 2
        Arrowhead Skiway
        Aspen Tri Aspen 3
        Bad Gastein
        Beaver Valley
        Bergen Ski Club
        Beverly Ski Club, Chicago
        Big M Manistee
        Big Powderhorn
        Big Tupper
        Birmingham Ski Club
        Black Mountain 2
        Brettl-Hupfers Ski Club
        Brighton Ski Bowl
        Brodie Mt.
        Bromley 4
        Burrington Hill
        Burrington Hill
        Butternut Basin
        Caberfae 2
        Casper Mountain races
        Cathedral ski Bariloche
        Chamonix Mont Blanc
        China Peak
        Coronado Ski Club
        Crested Butte
        Cresthaven Ski Club
        Cutty Sark liquor
        Danbury Ski Club
        Davos – Parsenn
        Denton Hill 2
        Detroit Tobi Club
        Down East Ski Club
        Downhill Ski Club
        Elk Mt. Pa.
        Elmira College Ski Club
        Fargo-Moorehead Curling Club
        Flopenhaufin Ski Club
        Flying Dutchmen, Reading Pa
        Fort Worth Skiers
        Fosters ski chalet
        Fox Valley Ski Club 2
        Franconia Ski Club
        Garmisch Partenkirchen 3
        Gibertson Ski School
        Glendale Ski Club
        Glenwood Acres 3
        Golden Age Ski Club
        Gore Mt. 4
        Grossinger Ski School 2
        Grosstal Ski Center, Allgany NY
        Hans Thorner 2
        Heavenly Valley
        Hecht Ski Shop D.C.
        Heil Ski
        Hickory Hill Warrensburg, NY
        Hidden Valley Estes Park
        Hill AFB Utah Invitational Ski Meet
        Hochflieger Ski Club 2
        Hogback Mt., Marlboro Vt 2
        Holiday Valley Instructor Ski School and resort 4
        Holiday Valley, Ellicottville, NY
        Holyoke Mt. Tom Ski Club
        Honeywell Ski Club
        House of Skis
        Hunter Mt. Ski Bowl Standard Race
        Indianhead Mountain, Upper Michigan 3
        Innsbruck Binghamton, NY
        Innsbruck crossed skis
        Innsbruck Tyrol
        Innsbruck Winter Olympics 1964
        Internatial Lederhosen Ski Club Buffalo
        Iriquois Mountain Alpine Ski Club
        Irish Hills Shamrock Ski School
        Italia Sestriere
        Jonas Ski Chalet Ski School
        JTB Japan Tour Japanese Tourist Bureau
        June Mountain
        Kandahar Ski Club
        Kanowa Farm Game Club
        Killington Basin
        King Pine
        King Ridge
        Kings Hill Montana
        Kissing Bridge
        Kitzbuhel Tirol
        Langaufers Ski Club
        Laurel Mountain Instructor
        Laurel Mountain Ski Area
        Laurel Mountain Ski School
        Levi’s Ski Rodeo 1965
        Liberty Ski Club Grossinger NY Tony Kastner Ski School
        Lost Valley Auburn Me
        Mad River Glen
        Madison Ski Club Y 64
        Magic Mountain
        Magic Mountain Hans Thorner Ski School
        Majestic Hills
        Maple Valley
        Miami woman’s bowling Assoc.
        Michigan Bell Ski Club MBSC
        Miramar Ski Club
        Mohawk Mountain Conn.
        Mon Valley Ski Club
        Monson Academy Ski Team
        Mont Kingston SteAgathe PQ Canada
        Mont Tremblant Lodge, Que. Canada
        Montrose HS Ski Club
        Moose Hill Ski Area
        Mount Ripley
        Mount Shasta
        Mount Southington
        Mount-Teers Ski Club Saugerties, NY
        Mt. Ascutney Windsor, Vt.
        Mt. Bachelor
        Mt. Baker Washington
        Mt. Cathalia
        Mt. Holly
        Mt. Mansfield Stowe Vt.
        Mt. Otsego Cooperstown NY
        Mt. Peter
        Mt. Sunapee Area Ski Club
        Mt. Waterman
        Nava Ski Club
        Neil Robinson Ski School Agamenticus
        New Haven Ski Club
        Nor-Ski Ridge Door County
        North Jersey Whiz Skiers
        North Star Ski Club
        Norwalk Ski Club
        Obertsdorf Allgau
        Obertsdorf Skiflugschanze
        Ocean County NJ Ski Club
        Onandaga Ski Club Syracuse, NY
        Otis Ridge
        Patchogue Sport Shop
        Pat’s Peak, Henniker, NH
        Petersburg Pass in the Tri State Area
        Pico Peak
        Pine Knob
        Pine Mountain
        Plainfield Ski Club
        Plan de Gralba M. 1787 2200
        Pleasant Mt. Ski School Bridgton Me
        Polecat Ski Club
        Post Ski NY
        Poverty Hill Ellicottville, NY
        Powder Hill Ski Area Conn
        Rainbow Ridge Bracebridge
        Raritan Valley Outing Club
        Red Deer Canyon Lodge
        Red Lodge Montana
        Red Lodge Montana Standard Race
        Red Lodge Ski Tipi
        Refugio Cerro Cathedral 1950
        Rib Mountian Wausau Wisconsin
        Rochester Ski Club
        Roseau Minn Curling Club
        Rutland Ski School
        S.C. Bariloche
        Sandia Park
        Santa Fe Ski Basin
        Satan’s Ridge
        Satellite Ski Club
        Scan Ski Club Worcester Mass
        Schussmeisters Flint
        Scotch Valley Ski School
        Seven Springs Champion, Pa
        Shaker Village
        Shoreline Retriever Club
        Sierra Blanca Ski Area
        Silver Bell Village
        Silver Bells Wells, NY
        Silver Valley Tawas
        Silvermine Ski Center
        Ski Bees
        Ski Club of America
        Ski Quacks U. of O.
        Ski Rack Williamsville NY
        Ski Single Club
        Ski Stoner Colorado
        Ski Tour Instructors Alliance STIA
        Skibees Ski Tours
        Ski-O-Freenix Ski Club
        Skoaler’s Hayward Calif
        Slide Mt. Nevada
        Smuggler’s Notch
        Sno Mads
        Snow Basin
        Snow Eagle
        Snow Valley Gaylord Mich
        So. Calif. Inter-Club Assoc.
        Song Mountain
        Spring Ski Club
        Springfield Ski Club Instructor
        Sprout Springs
        Squaw Mt.
        Squaw Valley Blyth Arena
        St. Anton, Arlberg
        St. Moritz
        Ste. Agathie Ski Club
        Sterling Forest Tuxedo, NY
        Sugarbush Valley
        Sun Valley
        Sun Valley Idaho (plastic)
        Sunday River
        Telemark Ski Club
        Temple Mountain
        Thunder Mountain
        Tomahawk Ski Bowl
        Trail Sweepers Kingston NY
        Trailblazers Ski Club
        Usquebaugh Ski Club
        Vail Ski School
        Wachusett Mountain
        Walloon Hills
        Walter Foeger Ski School Jay Peak
        Wellesley High Ski Club
        White Plains Ski Club NY
        Whitneys in Jackson NH
        Wide World of Sports ABC
        Wildcat Mt. Ski Club
        Willard Mountain
        Winter Park
        Wissahickson Ski Club

  33. Cliff Essman says:

    that would work. thanks. Would it be possible for you to tell me which club and resorts are or were in Michigan and I will send a photo? I am just asking $10 each…thanks
    Cliff Essman

  34. Bethany Draves Rutberg says:

    Oh my goodness!!! So wonderful to read all of the comments and remember way back when. I spent my whole winters at Kandahar. I would get dropped off in the morning, put all of my food and clothes in a cubby, and ski until it closed. I absolutely loved it, and treasure all of my memories. My parents, Nancy and Jim Draves still live in Fenton. I was never so devastated than when they told me of it’s closing and the housing development that took over.

  35. Tom Paluska says:

    Awesome. Love the old pics and the comments and seeing all the familiar Kandahar names. Rex Stump the legend! My family also used to enjoy Kandahar. I was so proud of my dad when he took a turn at club President. Olympics and that sketchy jump were crazy fun. I now live in Colorado and have skied Europe, Chile, BC, etc but I learned to ski at Kandahar!

  36. G. Luthy says:

    Is it possible that there were two Kandahar Resorts!, Kandahar Barn, at the edge of the Jordan River Valley? I knew someone once who wanted to restore the area to be a super resort! It was being promoted to become a resort for boosting technology and innovative ideas of the future.
    Does anyone know “Chip”?

  37. G. Gunkel says:

    Grew up sking every weekend at Kandahar, my best friends parents (the Dunlop’s) had a membership and thankfully brought me along for the ride. I remember one weekend it was minus 20 out and us kids didn’t miss a beat, had the slopes to ourselves while the parents stayed back at the lodge. Guessing I was 13 or 14 when I jumped off the ski jump for the first time, snapped the tip on one of my olin mark IV’s. ripped the binding out of the other one lol The olympics, learning to do helicopters off the backside of boomerang, duct taped gloves, and spring cleanups where we finally got to see the girls in something other than ski jackets! Wouldn’t trade those memories for the world! Would love to see more pictures.

  38. TonyD says:

    Definitely would like to see more photos too ! … particularly of the inside of the lodge.

  39. Craig Bronson says:

    My family spend a lot of time there my father was president one year and electrician a few more. My father passed a few years ago I made sure to thank him for joining Kandahar before he left us. I read every post here and almost in tears remembering all the great family’s and friends we had there someone brought up chicken ridge( where I joined the broken bone club) still have the pin and award. Appache trail was my favorite trail before they made it wide. I guess they seen all the marks in the trees I left. I rember crock pots plunged in all over the lodge,swiping dads beers from the snow bank just remembered my brothers band did at least one party. Dad being a electrician there we spent a lot of work days there climbing poles,digging trenches,running wire. Bob El alone kept the glove and duct tape store going and switching ropes on timberline was a distant memory I rember my pole yanking that safety gate a few times. It’s so very sad this place is gone. I will never forget Kandahar we are all very lucky to have been part of that club.l would like to thank all of you for being the best part of the club the family’s that made up the membership .

  40. Heidi Harrison Brown says:

    Oh my gosh! Kanadahar days were the best! We lived across the street and used our membership well! Great childhood memories of not only skiing there but sledding down devils pit and sometimes starting from the top of the ski jump! We were also lucky to enjoy Kanadahar year round! Swinging on the pomas when there was no snow! (Oops I am not admitting I did?).

    Miss all the wonderful friends made there! I would travel back in time to those years if possible!

  41. What great memories growing up at Kandahar. I believe I ate more of my meals there than I did at home! I remember when they announced last run of the night, we’d go inside the lodge, get our back packs, head up the poma, ski down Intermediate across the road right into my front yard. We would pop off our skiis, stick them in the snow and go inside to hang out and make pizzas.

    Great memories with Heidi Harrison, Marie Paradise, Wendy and Lorrie Johnson, the Rowan’s, Callard’s, Peabody’s, Hyne’s, George Pushies, Susie Knickerbocker, Stacey Burdick, Blake Abbott and of course my entire Carrigan family. It has changed drastically since 1977 when my dad passed, but I take great pride in the homes built by Carrigan Quality Homes on Foley Road.

  42. Nathan Kurtz says:

    I grew up asome a kid living across the street.
    The Kurtz Family had great times there..

  43. Karla Callender-Giuliano says:

    Enjoying all the great memories!! I learned how to ski on the Bunny Hill/Tony’s, and taught a couple of my friends how to ski too. Will never forget Rudy, and all the nice people there. My family was a member from the early 1960’s til it closed. My parents always went to Kandahar for the pot-luck New Years Eve party, and told me about the torch parade at midnight. I will also never forget the iron stains in the drinking fountain and toilets, the cubbies to keep your things, and the warmth of the fire places after skiing for hours. Funny the things we remember. I taught my boys to ski, and so we all look forward to winters in Michigan.

  44. Bruce Lawson says:

    The Lawsons of Royal Oak joined the original Kandahar when I was eight. I remember the work weekends in the Fall and helping to erect the poma lift at the Summit location when I was in my teens.

  45. Jeanette Owen says:

    I remember so many years ago – my father bringing “us girls”, daughters, skiing here and the club house, bunny hill & ski jump. I remember he rented the little shack not far from the club house and would build a fire in the old stove. There was an outhouse not far away. Summer time – there were plenty of black salamanders to creep us out. It is still a great childhood memory of ours.

  46. Susan Field says:

    My father, Stuart Knickerbocker, designed additions to the original lodge, and also named a trail “Flying Rock” because they were using dynamite to clear stumps and debris, and a boulder ended up being shot I don’t know how far. He also insisted on skiing down “Sweet Pea” with my mom, who was not much of a skier and a beginner at best. He failed to tell her to let go of the tow rope on Boomerang early and she crashed into the rope motor, took off her skis, walked back to the lodge and never went skiing again. And I think dad got to sleep on the couch for a week or two.

    • Heidi Harrison Brown says:

      Thank you Susie for all the memories! Stu was always hilarious! Skiing at Kandahar was one of my fondest memories and hanging out there in the summer too. I seriously want my ashes sprinkled there when I leave this crazy world but sad to see that perhaps a house would be built on top of me now…..I feel deep sadness every time I drive by and see that Kanadahar has been destroyed……😢

      • Susan Knickerbocker Field says:

        I totally understand. We had so much fun there for so many years! I haven’t driven by there but I’m sure I will someday and will also be heartbroken.

        Such a great place to be part of while growing up!

  47. Stuart Knickerbocker says:

    Many 0f the comments I read, panning down above, were just kids when I was an active member.
    After joining, my first year at Kandahar and paying my annual dues I don’t believe I ever paid any more dues for the next 20 years because I was always an active member of the Board of Directors, who did not have to pay dues because of the many work hours they had put to in to run the club. When I was Director of Buildings & Property I must have put in close to 300 work hours in charge of building the lodge addition, which was a 60 x 50 ft. addition which came in at the remarkable low cost of less than $ 13,000. A $ 25.00 assessment charged to each member. Of course the cost of labor was free, members had to build it. But remarkable when you compare that cost the members turned downed a member architects proposals that would have costs over $ 250,000. When I think of all the hours I gave to that club and what is left now but empty hills makes me want to cry.
    Stu Knickerbocker

  48. Jean (carrigan) moreno says:

    We used to take our friends sledding below the jump.
    The dug out a boulder just below the jump right below the rim. It would fill with snow and our friends had no idea it was there.
    As we pushed their the flying saucer we would give it a spin they would roar off on their adventure… then suddenly drop into the hole and come flying out of that hole airborne and streak to the bottom of the bowl Cushing like sailors. Vowing to get even. All we could do was laugh. Knowing full well that by the time they climbed out they wouldn’t have the energy. Many wonderful memories.

  49. Carrie Price says:

    I grew up across the street from the “red gate” and I could see the ski jump from my bedroom window. Kandahar holds so many memories for me. I loved skiing the trails between the slopes, it was always a challenge to make it down safely. I remember those crazy tow ropes, they scared the heck out of me! So many fun nights hanging out with friends. Drinking hot chocolate by the huge fire place in the lodge. Sledding down Devils Pit, building snow forts and snowball fights! In the summers, the rope swings, climbing the pines to the top and swaying in the wind, riding bikes on the track, mulberry fights, builds forts, climbing the ski jump and sitting up there for hours. The views from the top of Timberline were spectacular in the fall, I wrote an essay about it in HS. It was paradise for a kid growing up in the 70/80’s all year round. ❤️

    For anyone who is interested, the Peabody Grandchildren put together a Kandahar Reunion this past fall. It was advertised on Facebook. Erica Peabody is a chiropractor in Fenton and I’m sure she could give you more information.

  50. Bill Monroe says:

    If you go the the western loop of the modern campground, find the slide/swing set, then follow the trail behind them up the hill heading south until you hit the equestrian trail, then follow that trail up to the ridge (south west). Once you intersect with the next section of equestrian trail, head left (east) along the ridge and you will see one of the old state land tow rope poles with the 2 steel wheels still attached right beside the trail. There is also and old 40’s era car rusting in the woods in the same area. The tow would have serviced the slope that runs from the ridge downhill in the north direction back down into the bowl where the campground is today. It’s a beautiful hike. If you walk further south until you get to the intersection trail marker #20 and go on the small unmakred trail due south from the marker it will connect to the mountain bike trail at marker #4 (only maybe 200 feet distance). Follow that south west for a few hundred yards and you’ll end up on an overlook that allows you to see most of Pontiac Lake facing south. Great picnic site. Watch out for bikers.

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