Mt. Holiday No Go

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Traverse City, MI, Nov. 23, 2001--Win some, lose some. That's the case this season for Midwest skiers traveling to the Traverse City area in northwest lower Michigan. Earlier this fall the good news was that Sugar Loaf Resort would reopen for skiing in 2001-2002. The bad news is that Mt. Holiday will close.

In late October Mt. Holiday Ski Area announced it would not be open for skiing this winter. Although a small operation (12 runs, 2 chairs, 7 surface tows), Mt. Holiday has been a mainstay in Traverse City, giving skiers a place to ride just a few minutes from downtown. Plus, affordable lift tickets and season passes made Holiday a favorite with kids and families.

Mt. Holiday has been owned by the Brosch family since 1985, and the driving force behind the ski operation was Warren Brosch, who died in an accident at the area prior to the 2000 season. Family members have kept the ski area open, while at the same time searching for a buyer. One of the family's goals has been to find a buyer who would keep the ski business going, but two recent deals have fallen through. Now the 80-acre parcel is again up for sale.

Bottom line: Traverse City skiers will have one less option for skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing.