Ward Hills in the 1950’s


An old friend sent me this photograph of War Hills Ski Area from the 1950’s.  It was then being used often by area skiers at bargain prices compared to other Michigan ski areas.   It looked like a fun place to ski.

In The Cass City Chronicle for Fri., Nov. 9, 1956, in the “Michigan Mirror” column, Ward Hills near Cadillac is listed among the rapidly developing ski areas of Michigan. According to a Consumers Power brochure from 1959, Ward Hills was 6.5 miles north of Branch, midway between Ludington and Baldwin via us-10 and Co-669. They had 4 slopes (1 novice run) 1 tow, instruction, and a warming shelter with lounge serving snacks.

Apparantly, in the 10960’s the ski area had done some expansion.  The Cass City Chronicle printed the 1968 AAA Michigan Guide to Winter Sports Fun on January 4. 1968. It listed Ward Hills, 6 1/2 miles north of Branch between Ludington and Baldwin as having 8 lighted ski runs, trails, and rope tows.   It would seem that Ward Hills at that time became a lighted ski area. 

Watch for more posts on Ward Hills in the future.

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