Bald Eagle Ski Hill — Ortonville

“Paul” clued us in to this one in mid-February, 2014. He said he went out there with a friend and saw old rope tow towers on a hill overlooking Bald Eagle Lake, south of Ortonville. I asked some patrollers at Mt. Holly and two of them remembered skiing at Bald Eagle many years ago. It may have been like Mt. Gabriel, an amenity for a recreational housing development that either failed financially or the owners elected to drop after a year or two, possibly because there were several commercial ski areas within a few miles.

If you skied at Bald Eagle, or know when it opened and closed and how many ropes it had, please let us know.

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6 Responses to Bald Eagle Ski Hill — Ortonville

  1. Andy F says:

    It was located on the west side of Bald Eagle Lake where Aaron’s Way is now. We used to sled on this hill when I was a kid and the tow rope poles and foundations where in until they built Aaron’s way in the mid 90’s. My father told me about the hill, I believe he said it was there in the 70’s.

  2. Kyle V says:

    Very interesting, I currently live in Ortonville off State Park Rd just north of the village. Across the street is the state park land with the trails and cabin. I have been told by neighbors who have lived in Ortonville for many years that the very large hill behind my house use to be a ski hill with a tow rope? I was also told by one of my neighbors that my home use to be the ski lodge and was converted into a house? If anyone has more information is would be helpful to get the history of my home. Thanks!

    • Rex says:

      My family was one of several that owned a ski lodge and two slopes with rope tows in Ortonville. It was called Harringbone Ridge. Would this be the same place? Rex

  3. Jeff Novak says:

    I grew up in Ortonville in the 70’s and 80’s and lived around Bald Eagle Lake my whole life. My dad would take us snowmobiling on this slope and I remember both the old tow rope lines and the Bald Eagle Ski building at the bottom of the hill (it was a metal airplane hanger type structure). We also would walk across the lake with our sleds to go sledding on this hill. So it was definitely closed by 1972. Everything appears to have been removed when they built on this land in the 90s.

    • Rex Phelps says:

      Thanks for all this info on our former ski lodge. I’m sorry though, I don’t know who ”Milsap” is! Help please. Rex

      Sent from my iPhone

    • Rex says:

      When we “owned” the Harringbone Ridge”, it was back in the 60s. I still have the bobsled with steerable skis up front and a brake bar underneath. Anybody interested in purchasing it? I can send pictures.
      Rex

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