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Any information or assistance on the lost ski areas of Michigan would be greatly appreciated: mark@mwlsap.org

For more information and pictures on most of these lost ski areas go to the Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project. or Michigan's Forgotten Ski Areas

 LOST AREAS

Adventure Mountain+ - REOPENED 1/22/2021

Al and Stevie's Ski Village* (see Ski Village)

Al Quaal

Apple Mountain (also called Bintz Apple Mountain)

AuSable Ski Ranch* - See Michaywe Slopes

Avalanche Peak - also called Barn Mountain

Bahle Park Ski Hill

Bald Eagle Ski Hill (may also have been called Harringbone Ridge)

Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

Barn Mountain* - See Avalanche Peak

Bear Hills

Bear Mountain+ (formerly Grayling Winter Sports Park, still open as Hanson Hills)

Big-M Ski Area* (see Manistee Ski Area)

Binder Park

Bintz Apple Mountain* (see Apple Mountain)

Birch Hills Ski Area

Birchwood Farm Lodge

  • Harbor Springs, MI - northwest Michigan - 2 mi N, OR 3 mi W, of Harbor Springs on M-131, now M-119
  • I thik it is now Birchwood Inn, 7291 S Lake Shore Dr
  • Google Maps / Google Earth ???
    45.447736934119575, -85.04889836322104
  • Michigan's Forgotten Ski Area - Facebook

Black Forest

Black Mountain Ski Area

Brady's Hills (later called Winterskoll)

Braman Hill Recreation Area

Briar Hill Ski Area

Briar Mountain* - (See Norway Mountain , also called Vulcan USA)

Bremer's Hill

Brock Park

Brule Mountain+ (currently open as Ski Brule)

Bryce's Hill (Brice's Hill)

Buck Hills+ - still open as Crystal Mountain

Carousel Mountain

Chainsaw Mountain

Chipmunk Bluff

Chimney Corners Resort

Circle TNT Ski Area and Campground (previously called Jack Pine Valley)

Cliff's Ridge+ - currently operating as Marquette Mountain

Cole Creek* - see Fonro Ski Resort

Danforth Ski Area (Escanaba Winter Sports Park)

Diggins Hill Park

Dryden Ski Area

Duke's Ski Slope ? - working on it

Echo Valley

Elberta Mountan Winter Sports Park

Escanaba Winter Sports Park* (see Danforth Ski Area)

Eskar Hills (Esker?) - may also be Middleville Ski Resort

Flint Parks and Recreation ????

Fonro Ski Resort - later called Cole Creek

Ford Mountain^

Franklin Hill

Fry's Winter Sports Park

Fulton Lake Snow Bowl* Probably Snow Bowl

Fun Valley (Mio Mountain ?)

Galaxy Hills

Gay-El-Rancho

Glacier Hills

  • Bellaire, MI - northwest Michigan - 1 mi. W of Bellaire; N through town on M88, turn left on W. Forest Home Ave. Then you proceed about 0.4 mi. west until you come to a fork in the road. You take a slight right onto Orchard Hill Rd. Glacier Hills was about 0.25 mi. ahead on the left.
  • v: 265 ft., o: 1953, c: 1968
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    44.987550909833196, -85.22726777076502
  • Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

Goshorn Hills

Grand Haven Ski Bowl+ - currently operating as Mulligan's Hollow

Grand Rapids Ski Club (2)

Grand Valley State College Ski Hill

Grandview Orchards

Grayling Winter Sports Park+ - (see Bear Mountain, still open as Hanson Hills)

Greenbush Inn

  • Greenbush, MI - north east Michigan - Inn located at 2411 S. State Street - skiing and tobogganing hills were approximately 2 miles N – on the W side of US 23. beyond the Greenbush Golf Course - Everett Road
  • Google Maps / Google Earth (exact location unknown)
    44.6117782627895, -83.32454621482518 ???
  • Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

Griswold Mountain Ski Area

Harbor Highlands Ski Resort+ - (Boyne Highlands) currently open as The Highlands

Harringbone Ridge* - see Bald Eagle Ski Hill

Hidden Valley* - see Ostego Ski Club - Still open

Highland Recreation Area

Hilton Shanty Creek* - see Shanty Creek - Still open

Holiday Hills+ - currently open as Mt. Holiday

Holiday Mountain^ - NEVER OPENED (also called White Pine Ridge)

Houghton Lake* (see Snow Bowl)

Hu-Lu Heights (Hulu Heights Winter Sports Area)
May have been togaggon only

Indian Hills Ski Park

Indian Hills

Irish Hills Sports Park

Iroquois Mountain Lodge (originally called Mission Hill Ski Resort)

Jack Pine Valley* - see Circle TNT

Jordan Valley Lodge^

Kalamazoo Country Club

Kalamazoo Ski Club

  • Plainwell, MI - southwest Michigan - AB Avenue between Douglas and 12th Street; slopes may have faced east and been accessed by a driveway running west from Douglas
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.4093960485167, -85.6233635457187
    location very uncertain
  • Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project

Kandahar (formerly Summit Ski Club)

Kirlin Hill* - see Mt Mesnard

Lakeshore Ski Club

Lake Valley Ski Area

Lansing Ski Club / Lansing Ski Area

Lee Tow Winter Sports Park

Les Cheneaux

Little Switzerland Ski Area+ - currently operating as Swiss Valley

Lions Club Ski Hill

  • Wadhams / Port Huron, MI - east central Michigan - 5 miles NW of Wadhams 1/4 off Lapeer Rd. (M21) on Abbottsford Rd. along the Black River; 3248 Abbottsford Rd, North Street, MI
  • Port Huron Lions Club
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    43.0016236113479, -82.56072832022454
  • Michigan's Forgotten Ski Areas - Facebook

Lookout Hills Ski Park / Lookout Inn

Lost Lake Woods Club

Lost Pines Lodge

Lovells Winter Playground

Ludington Ski Area

Ludington State Park - tow?

Mackinac College Ski Slope (also called: Rex Humbard College Ski Slope, Stonecliffe, Mt Humbard)

Madcap Winter Sports Park

Major Mountain

Manistee Ski Area (also called Big-M Ski Area and Udell Hills)

Maple Mountain

Maplehurst

McGuires Ski Resort

Michaywe Slopes (formerly called AuSable Ski Ranch)

Middleville Ski Resort (may also be Eskar Hills)

Mio Mountain

Missaukee Mountain

Mission Hill Ski Resort *- see Iroquois Mountain Lodge

Moon Ridge

  • Lakeville, MI - southwest Michigan - on the east side of a small ridge north of Lakeview on 95th Avenue,
    3 (2) mi N of Lakeview on Lincoln Road in Montcalm County, about 1/2 mi S of the north county line about a quarter mi S of 1 Mile Rd
  • c: 1968
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    43.47338027942229, -85.27508889799282 ???
  • Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Skiers Expect A Banner Year - Detroit Free Press, Oct. 27, 1968

Mott Mountain (later called Silver Ridge, maybe Black Mountain, maybe also called Jasper Ski Resort)

Mt. Christie

Mt. Frederick

Mt.Gabriel

Mt. Grampian

Mt. Humbard *- See Mackinac College Ski Slope

Mt. Joy

  • Wakefield, MI - upper peninsula - near the Sunday Lake Mine; about 10 mi E of Ironwood, MI
  • o: 1958, c: about 1970
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    46.479461097078335, -89.92258330183695
  • Michigan Lost Ski Areas Project
  • It operated with a rope tow between 1958-1964, and reopened for a couple more years around 1969-1971.
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Mt. Kimberly

Mt. Mancelona

Mt. Maria Ski Lodge

Mt. Mesnard - formerly Kirlin Hill

Mt. Onaway Ski Run

Newaygo County Sports Park

Norway Mountain - formerly Briar Mountain and Vulcan USA

Oakland University Ski Tow

Ogemaw Hills Ski Park

Ortonville State Recreation Area

Oxbow Club and Ski Area

Pando Ski Center (also called Pando Park)

Paradise Valley

Pere Marquette Ski Club

Petoskey Ski Club ? - working on it

Pickney State Recreation Area

Pinnacles (The)* - later called Tyrolean

Pleasant Valley Ski Area

Pioneer Hills Winter Sports Park

Prospect Hill - also called Valley Farm

Rex Humbard College Ski Slope* - See Mackinac College Ski Slope

Riverbank Golf Club

Riverview Highlands

Roundtops

Royal Valley* (later called Ski World)

Russell's Ridge

Schussaway

Sheridan Valley

Silver Beach Ski Resort

Silver Mountain

Silver Ridge Resort* (See Mott Mountain)

Silver Valley

Silverbell Village Ski Area (Silver Bell Village)

Ski Homestead+ - now part of Ski Brule (still open)

Ski Village (also called Waters Ski Club, Waters Ski Village; Al and Stevie's Ski Village)

Ski World (formerly called Royal Valley)

Skyline Ski Area (also Sky Line)

Spring Valley+ - still operating as Caspian Ski Hill

Snow Bowl (Houghton Lake Snow Bowl)

Snow Valley

Stonecliffe* - See Mackinac College Ski Slope

Sugar Loaf

Summit Ski Club* - See Kandahar

Superior Hills

Sylvan Resort +(Sylvan Knob) - still operating as Treetops

Teeple Hill

Thunder Bowl

Thunder Mountain

Timberlee Hills

Timberline

Timberline

Tyrolean (Tyurolean Hills; previously called Pinnacles Ski Resort)

Udell Hills* - see Manistee Ski Area

Valley Farm* - probably the same as Prospect Hills

Vanderbilt Ski Club

Vernier Hill

Village Inn

Vulcan U.S.A.* - became Briar Mt and later Norway Mountain

Walloon Hills Ski Area +- currently home to Challenge Mountain

Ward Hill(s) Ski Area

Waters Ski Club / Waters Ski Village* see Ski Village

Western Michigan University

Winterskoll* (see Brady's Hills)

Woodbridge Ski Area

MWLSAP Homepage

 

STILL OPEN

https://www.michigan.org/article/trip-idea/comprehensive-guide-ski-resorts-michigan

Adventure Mountain - REOPENED 1/22/2021

Alpine Valley Ski Area

Big Powderhorn

Big Valley Ski and Tube

Bittersweet

Blackjack - Big Snow Resort

Boyne Highlands (see The Highlands)

Boyne Mountain

Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort

Cannonsburg Ski Area

Caspian Ski Hill

Challenge Mountain - formerly Walloon Hills

Chatham Ski Hill (also called Hiawatha Slopes)

Covington Ski Hill

Crystal Mountain

Crystella Ski Hill

Gladstone Sports Park (John and Melissa Besse Sports Park)

Hanson Hills

Hickory Hills

The Highlands (The Highlands at Harbor Springs) -formerly Boyne Highlands, Harbor Highlands)

The Homestead

Indianhead Mountain - Big Snow Resort

John and Melissa Besse Sports Park (see Gladstone Sports Park)

Kewaunee County Winter Park

Marquette Mountain (formerly Cliff's Ridge)

Mont Ripley

Mt. Bohemia

Mt Brighton

Mt Holiday Ski Area - formerly Holiday Hills

Mt Holly

Mt. McSauba (0 maps)

Mt. Zion

Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl - formerly Grand Haven Ski Bowl

Nub's Knob

Ostego Ski Club (formerly Hidden Valley ?)

Petosky Winter Sports Park

Pine Knob

Pine Mountain

Porcupine Mountain (Porkies)

Sault Seal

Schuss Mountain

Shanty Creek

Ski Brule - combined with Ski Homestead

Snow Snake Mountain

Swiss Valley Ski Lodge - formerly Little Switzerland Ski area

Timber Ridge Ski Area

Tower Mountain

Treetops (Sylvan) Resort

Triangle Sports Area

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1953

Detroit Free Press, Feb. 6, 1953

 

1956

Lost Wisconsin Ski Areas Facebook Page - omissions noted


1961

Detroit Free Press, Fri. Jan. 6, 1961

PDF (Full Newspaper Page with additional articles):
http://www.mwlsap.org/michigan/map1961plusDetroit_Free_Press_Fri__Jan_6__1961_.pdf


1961

From Michigan's Forgotten Ski Areas


1966

Traverse City Record Eagle, Sat. Dec. 24, 1966


1967

Chicago Tribune - Dec. 3, 1967


1969

The Ludington Daily News, Jan 14, 1969

 
1970

Traverse City Record Eagle,Jan. 22 ,1970

 


 

Ski Magazine Spring 1974, The VEEP SKEES


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