In the April 1981 issue of the Blue and Gold Banner (not a reference to U of M, but to the colors of the Flag of the National Ski Patrol), newsletter of the Western Michigan Region of the NSP, there is a small article noting that the Middleville Ski Area opened for the season on Dec. 13, 1980 with all three members of their ski patrol on duty. They were anticipating doubling their number of patrollers with 2 candidates and an auxiliary member.
Here’s a link to a video of sledding at Middleville Ski Hill. It was mentioned in a discussion of the old ski hill on the Middleville Forum on Topix.com. I notice that “Middleville Lifer” refers to the area as ESCAR. Michigan Sled Riding mentions sledding on an old ski hill on the left side of Irving Rd. about an eighth of a mile from town.
Was this the same area known as Eskar Hills? If you remember skiing at Middleville or Eskar Hills, please post your information or forward it to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.