Pando Ski Center – Rockford

The Pando Ski Center was opened in Rockford in 1960 by Richard Bresnahan and his brothers because Richard was tired of the expense of driving to Northern Michigan to take his family skiing. He was a WWII 10th Mountain Vet who had done his ski training in Pando Colorado, hence the name of the area. Pando was the first area in Kent County and the first area in Michigan to allow “snurfers” and snowboarders full run of the area.

On Dec. 10, 1970, The Cass City Chronicle published the 1971 AAA Michigan Winter Sports Fun List. At that time, Pando had 9 slopes, 3 rope tows and snowmaking.

In 1977, the Bresnahan’s sold Pando and it was (slightly) renamed Pando Park or Pando Winter Sports Park as their website refers to it. They have a history of Pando page on their website.

If you have any information about skiing at Pando, please post it or send it to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.

6 Responses to Pando Ski Center – Rockford

  1. Bob S says:

    Great little 50+ year old retro Ropetow ski area. First tubing area also. ( tubing included with ski pass)4 rope tows, cool lodge

    My grandson(4 yr old) had his 1st ski lesson there last yr and became a rope tow “expert” his second time there!

    Will be back again this year!

  2. Bob Sisco says:

    Unfortunately joined the Milsap list, at least temporarily. Cannonsburg bought it and not open this season.(15-16)

  3. Bob Sisco says:

    On Milsap list at least this year. Cannonsburg bought Pando and not opening it this year

  4. Nancy Morse says:

    Ref. Bresnahan – Susie’s daddy:
    I knew he was on to something when I taught Susie Bresnahan, his daughter.
    Before that people had to go North to Caberfae – it was the big deal ski resort to go to, in

    Susie was in the eighth grade.
    Such a darling girl…..nice, and smart.

    I think her dad had, at the time, a heating or plumbing business, and Cannonsburg was scantily populated.
    Good place to start a business that required hilly land in quantity.

    Smart guy.
    Nancy Morse, 82

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