Teeple Hill in Highland Recreation Area overlooks Teeple Lake and seems to be a bit over 150 vertical feet from the lake to the top of the hill. According to the topo map, it is fairly steep in places. There are still cross country ski trails in the recreation area, (and some mountain bike trails that one reviewer termed “the trail from hell” ).
I found one reference that Teeple Hill had “about 200 feet of vertical and several rope tows. On Dec. 21, 1951, The Ludington Daily News snow report listed Teeple Hill with 3″ new snow on a 5″ base. Ten years later, on Feb. 10, 1961, The Ludington Daily News ski report listed Teeple Hill as having 2″ fresh snow on a 3″ base for poor ski conditions.
On Feb. 3, 1966, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Guide to Winter Sports Fun in Michigan which said Teeple Hill had 4 slopes, 1 beginners slope and natural snow only. In the Jan. 4, 1968 issue of that paper, the AAA Michigan Winter Fun List says Teeple Hill in the Highland Rec. Area (operated for the public by the Pontiac Ski Club) was 12 mi. west of Pontiac on M-59. It had 4 slopes, one beginners slope 4 tows, and natural snow only. It operated only on weekends. The same paper on Dec. 30, 1976 printed the AAA 1977 Guide to Michigan’s 58 Ski Areas which listed Teeple Hill as having 3 ropes and 7 runs.
If anyone has any more information about Teeple Hill’s alpine ski history, please let me know. We are particularly interested in dates of operation, pictures, brochures, trail maps, and the like. See the “About MILSAP” page for directions to submit information.