Prospect Hill – Adrian

Another tip from Karen Vocke: In the Toledo Blade for Dec. 23, 1951 (sec. 4, pg 5), they mention that the Toledo Ski Club would have their tow on Prospect Hill, northwest of Adrian, “running from today until Christmas” (N.B. this was printed on the 23rd!) and that “conditions are said to be as good as they have ever been. ” This was a very snowy year for Christmas–the article commented on poor ice skating because of snow on the ice but excellent snow conditions on Michigan’s skiing and “coasting” hills. I presume the latter refers to tobogganing.

Prospect Hill appears to be located in the Irish Hills, about 2 mi. south of the Michigan International Speedway. It looks on the satellite as though there is a cleared area on the east side of the hill, which could be the remains of the slope. Prospect Hill is about 5 or 6 mi. southeast of the later location of the Irish Hills Winter Sports Park which opened in 1962.

Prospect Hill was apparently used by the Toledo Ski Club in 1950-51, and 1951-52 for skiing, in addition to their lodge at Boyne Mtn.

On Dec. 23, 1960, The (Toledo) Blade printed an ad for skiing at Valley Farm, Prospect Hill, in Irish Hills. They had a tow rope, rental equipment and a snack bar. Directions were Rt 223 15 mi. past Adrian, right on Round Lake Rd., right on Vischer Rd. to Prospect Hills Rd.

If you have any information about skiing at Prospect Hill or elsewhere in the Irish Hills, please leave a comment or send it to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.

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