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According to Natalie Davis:

In June of 1955, the Lake City council approved a lease from the Michigan State Conservation Department for the Missaukee Mountain Ski Club.  The lease of 93.5 acres just north of Lake City, is perpetual as long as the land is used for public purposes.  The cost to the City, $1.00.    

The Missaukee Mountain Ski Club was built by volunteers and donations from the community to include a set of tow ropes, a lodge, and groomed trails.  For many years, the Mountain hosted events for Winter Festival, including the coronation of the first Festival Queen in 1956.   

Sixty-seven years later, Missaukee Mountain is still overseen and operated by volunteers and relies on the generous financial support from the community.  Lift passes and rental equipment costs are kept low so skiing and riding are affordable for kids of all ages.  Tubing hill, cross-country ski trail, and the lodge are open to the public at no charge.   

The Mountain relies on natural snow, so opening is at the mercy of Mother Nature.  Once open, rental gear, lift tickets, and concessions are available in the lodge.  Operating hours are generally Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Night skiing is offered at times during the season, as are free-ski days.  Keep an eye on Missaukee Mountain’s Facebook page for up-to-date information.   

The property is open year-around for hiking, although the lodge is only open during the winter.  Motorized vehicles are not permitted.   

Natalie davis – december 2022