Trail map of Timberlane Ski Area, Red Lake Falls, MN. In 1978 it had four rope tows and seven runs on a 110 foot vertical drop. It is where I learned to ski. - Mark
The Midwest Lost Ski Areas Project (MWLSAP) is an attempt to list, and provide information on, the hundreds of ski areas of the American Midwest that are no longer operating. It will always be a work in progress.
The American Midwest has a significant influence on the U.S. ski industry. Snowbrains.com (2019-2020) lists three midwesten states in the top 10 with the most ski areas (Michigan is second with 40 areas, Wisconsin tied for third with 31, and Minnesota ninth with 20).
The Midwest, as defined by the US Census Bureau, comprises twelve states. These states have a total of 112 out of 470 ski areas operating in the U.S.: Illinois (4 ski areas), Indiana (2), Iowa (3), Kansas (0), Michigan (40) , Minnesota (20), Missouri (2), Nebraska (0), North Dakota (3), Ohio (5), South Dakota (2), and Wisconsin (31).
But how many have we lost?
These pages will always be UNDER CONSTRUCTION. If you have any comments, corrections, or additions you can contact me via email at: email@example.com
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
The initial lists of lost ski areas are found in the 1978 book A Complete Guide to Skiing in the Midwest, by Patricia Skalka, Contemporary Books Inc., Chicago, and on skimap.org. Other important sources include the Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project (MILSAP) and the Lost Ski Areas of Wisconsin Facebook page. With these sources as a starting point the search continues.
LOST SKI AREA WEBSITES
The game uses picture clues to identify the names of 39 midwest ski resorts that are still in operation.
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
Hills Alive!, SKIING Magazine, Jan. 1989
Skiing The Big Muddy SKI Magazine, Jan. 2002
"Abandoned" - A Ski Film about Lost Ski Areas
Sports Illustrated Magazine, Dec. 1, 1958 - Guide to Ski Areas
Father and Son Go Tandem Skiing in Wisconsin - unofficialnetworks.com and Facebook
If You Dont Love Skiing 200-foot Hills, You Dont Love Skiing - powder.com, September 2, 2020 By Paddy OConnell
New Return of the Turn Reminds Us Who the Real Skiers Are - powder.com, October 14, 2019 By Sierra Shafer
Matterhorn of the Midwest - powder.com, November 2, 2017
Bring Bump Skiing Back! - powder.com
A Midwestern Night - powder.com
How to Survive (and Ski) a Midwest Winter - powder.com
Other Lost Ski Area Projects: http://mwlsap.org/#otherlsap