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gan Ranks as America s Skiing Wonderland

he beckoning of' King
11 ye winter sports en-
and seek healthful en-
in his ,vast kingdom of
the number on6 winter
hem all, skiing. Origin-
ans of traveling in snow-
untries, skiing has be-
favorite recreation for
f Americans.
orts have enjoyed such
c rise to prominence in
en years as skiing. This
ren more significant in
areas suitable for this
few. Only areas in the
United States or in Can-
supply enough snow for
latively New Sport
the 1920's, thenumber
asts was no greater than
4,000, at the most. But,
with the Winter Olym-
32, which were held at
rid, New York, interest
ort of skiing began to
n amazing rate.
years went by, more ski-
s were staged, and more
people decided that they
e to try this fascinating
esult, today, there are
of ski resorts all over
ry to accommodate those
to brave the elements.
resorts in the northern

that skis were first used In the
northern part of Europe, however.
A pair of skis; pronounced the
oldest in the world, are in the
Nerdiska Museum, Stockholm,
Sweden. Guesses have been made
that the skis are 4,000 -years old.
As far as actual history is con-

cerned, skis were first used in
warfare in the Battle of Oslo, in
Norway, in 1200 A.D. King Swerre.
of Sweden, equipped his scouts
with skis, and sent them out to
reconnoiter the enemy, camped in
deep snow, which had marooned
them. Apparentli there were not

too many skis in existence because
if there had been, all the troops
of both sides would have been
equipped with them.
Spreads Fast
In the late sixteenth century,
skiing was introduced into Central
Europe, and since then has spread


e country now remain
ntertime for the skiers
there in droves.
story Unknown
s cannot agree as to
ple first used the ski.
a basis for the belief

to North America, Japan, Austra-
lia, and New Zealand. The moun-
tainous parts of South America,
peaks of Hawaii and parts of In-
dia are also suitable for skiing.
Enough for the history of ski-
ing. The state of Michigan offers
in itself a wonderful haven for ski
enthusiasts. Each year more and
more interest is being shown in
the winter sports playgrounds of
Michigan. More capital is being
poured pinto facilities and activi-
ties. New areas and accomodations
are being opened. Colorful festi-,
vals and spectacular pageants are
ment. Thrilling competitive games
being created for your enjoy-
are attracting each year hundreds
of nationally known ski personali-
ties. Michigan definitely is "on the
map" as far as winter fun is con-
Some of the major ski areas in
Michigan's lower peninsula are at
Bellaire, Boyne City, Boyne Falls,
West Branch, and Cadillac.
The Largest
One or the largest ski- resort
areas is that of the Boyne Moun-
tain Lodge. It is a complete win-
ter resort located just outside of
Boyne Falls, and features the only
double chair lift and the ouly out-
door heated sWimming pool in the
Midwest. There are thirteen open
slopes, the longest being a mile
and a half. Iiteriationally known
Frknz Gabl directs the ski school
consisting of seven Austrian skiers.
The Caberfae Winter Sports
Area which is located 12 miles
west of Cadillac has 27 ski runs,
17 ski tows, practice areas, 2 ski
jumps and 3 marked cross country
trails. There is also a large rustic
ski shelter with all facilities.
Perhaps the largest of all the
ski areas in the lower peninsula is
at Gaylord. Within the vicinity of
this city are located the Ski Vil-
lage, Au Sable Ranch and Ski Club,
Otsego Ski Club, Snow Valley Ski
Club, and Sylvan Knob.
Most Appealing
Of these, probably the most ap-
pealing is the Au Sable Ranch and
Ski Club. This area is located six
miles south of Gaylord off U.S.
route 27. Five electric tows serve
nine varied runs. There is a warm-
ing hut complete with a ski shop
and snack bar, and convenient
One new ski area near Detroit is
at the Mt. Holly Ski Area near
Holly, Michigan. Three open slopes
and a beginners' area are serviced
by six powered rope tows. A mod-
ern lodge a the base of the mount
offers a magnificent view of the
skiing while resting or dining.
Snow making equipment has been
installed and there is assurance of
at least a 100 day season.
For those who wish to travel
further than the lower peninsula,
there are several skiing areas in
the upper peninsula which are
challenging to the ski enthusiast.
Some of which are at Iron Moun-
tain, Marquette, and Silter City.
Complete Playground
Pine Mountain Ski Lodge in the
Iron Mountain-Kingsford area of-
fers a complete winter sports play-
ground for the skier. Here is the

home of the world's highest arti-
ficial ski slide which has held four
American distance records and al-
so the site of the United States
Olympic Ski Jumlping Tourna-
ment. An excellent ski lodg'e is
available and licensed ski instruc-
tors are on hand with equipment
for rent.
Mount Mesnard at Marquette is
famous for its four slalom courses,
while Silver City's Porcupine
Mountains State Park is one of the
outstanding ski areas of the, Mid-
west. It offers a nopen slope with
a vertical drop of 360 feet, and two
expert trails, each over a half mile
long, with a drop of 560 feet.
And so, we in Michigan are xeal-
ly blessed with many ski resorts
for this relatiiely new sport. Mi-
chigan is truly "on the map" as
far as skiing goes, and will contin-
ue to attract ski enthusiasts in
ever increasing numbers.

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ussia Best 'i 1956 Winter Olympics

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e eventslin the Winter Olym-
mean more than a race over
t track or a carefully mea-
e Winter courses plunge down
d unfamiliar mountains.. A
must do more than beat his
nent, he must also defy the
ants of nature. A single gust
ad, bump in the trail, or patch
ush can end his chances of
ing a gold metal.
e 1956 Winter Olympics, held
>rtina Italy featured some of-
iost treacherous sports known
an. The United States sent to
'na a team regarded by many
e best continguent of athletes
country had ever sent .to the
er Games.
Dominated by Austrians
>ine Skiing is a sport tradi-
lly dominated by the Aus-
s. Yet, the United States
led by Buddy Werner and
h Miller copped second and
h place in. the pre-Olympic
ihill giant skalom.
e American Bobsleding teams
.installed as the favorites in
event. Art Tyler, a 40-yr. old
rch scientist, developed a 'sled
gave him maximum bite on
s and minimum friction on
ghtaways. In the warmups at'
na he posted impressive,

an American dominated event in
the winter olympics. Last year was
no exception. Led by Hayes Jen-
kins, Ronnie Robertson and Dave
Jenkins, the United States was
capable of walking off with all
three metals in men's figure skat-
In women's skating, Tenley Al-
bright of the United States has,
not been equaled by anyone. Her
,nly possible rival for the figure
skating gold metal was young
Carol Heiss, also an American.
Russians Win
When the last gold metal was
given out, it was not an American
that received it, but a, Russian.
The final uinofficial point stand-
ings of the Winter Olympics show-
ed the United States ranked in
the lowly position of fifth place.'
The Russians had won seven gold
metals to our two and had unoffi-
cially swept tho games.
Only in Figure Skating and Ice
Hockey did the United States
finish impressively. Hayes Jenkins
piled up an early lead and then
held off a free-skating challenge
by Ronnie Robertson ,to win the
gold metal for the United States.'
Robertson 'and Dave Jenkins won
the silver and bronze metals to
complete a United States sweep.
Tenley Albright and Carol Heiss
finished one-two in the women's
figure skating competition, win-
nlng a gold and silver metal for
the United States.
Big Upset
The United States Ice Hockey
team pulled the biggest upset of
the Olympics when they defeated
Canada 4-1 and won the third-
place bronze metal. Most of the
credit went to John Mayasich,
180-lb. center from Eveleth, Minn.,
who three times caught the Cana-
dians flatfooted in breakaways.
Many people believe that the
United States was not able to,
match Russia in the Winter Olym-
pics at Cortina because our ath-
letes were "true amateurs."
'Avery Bruntage, head of the

international Olympic association,
does not believe that we lost the,
Winter Olympics because our ath-
letes were'ot subsidized. He says,
"We hear all sorts of criticism of
Soviet athletes. That they are paid.
That the top stars get soft berths
in the army and spend all their
time in training, and that's why
they're so good.
"That may well be. But if it is,
it still isn't the answer. It isn't
the reason why the Soviet has
done so well in international com-
National Heros
It is the vast nature of their
nation-wide athletic program that;
has given Russia such fine- ath-1
letes. The Russians consider their
champion athletes national heros.
Because of this, every young Rus-
sian's dream is to become a chain-
pion. Thus, they work hard, and
practice long hours to perfect
The United States Army has an
athletic program which is similar
to the Russian program. They have
established special training camps,
and given their athletes special
training. The state department
sponsors tours of our athletes to

other countries; which means they
are using .amateur athletes for
political purposes. This is exactly
what the Russians'do.
Great Incentive
The special training the Rus-
sians give their athletes is not the
reason they are better than us.
It is the incentive they give them
which makes them superior. This
is exactly the reason why the
United States has always domi-
nated Figure Skating.
A figure skater practices hard
and trains long hours to perfect
himself. He knows if he gets good
enough he can demand high wages
as a professional. This is proven
by. the fact that Hayes Jenkins,
Ronnie Robertson and Tenley Al-
bright have all turned professional
in the past two years,
If the United States is to give a
better account of itself in the 1960
Winter Olympics its athletes better;
take heed of the Olympic Oath.
Rather than not train as hari as
they might, because of lack of
financial rewards, they would do
well to find their incentive from
the last part of the Olympic Oath
-"For the glory of sport and for
the honor of country."

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Outside Chance
In. Speed Skating and Ice
Hockey the United States was only
given an outside chance to win a
gold metal. The United States
Hockey team was the best we had
sent in years. Three talented fore-
VWard lines, centered by Bill Cleary
of Harvard, John Matehefts of
the University of Michigan and
John Mayasich of the University
of Minnesota gave the American.
team a powerful scoring punch.
Goalie Don Rigazio was rated the
best amateur goaltender in the
Figure Skating has always been

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