Future Clouded for Michigan Ski Areas


Traverse City, MI, Aug. 11¿Locals skiers were shocked in June, when Indianhead Resort abruptly ceased operation in June and filed for bankruptcy protection. The ski area remains closed, highlighting the uncertainty many smaller ski resorts face this winter.

Officials for Big Snow Country, a regional marketing group, have dropped the Indianhead membership until the situation is resolved.

Mt. Holiday in Traverse City, Michigan is up for sale. The asking price is $2.5 million, with the proviso that the property remain a ski area. Located in the center of Traverse City, the ski area rests on prime land for real-estate development, but the current owners want assurances that the site will continue to be a community ski venue.

Also in Traverse City, the future of Sugar Loaf remains in question. The resort was put up for auction last spring, but all bids were rejected as too low. Should Sugar Loaf fail to reopen, and if Mt. Holiday does not attract new owners, Traverse City, the largest city in Michigan's northwest lower peninsula ski country, could be left without a nearby ski resort.

Hopefully, these ski hills will not face the same fate as Snow Bluff Ski Area, in Minnesota, which closed this year after three bad seasons