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post #1 of 21
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Has anyone heard any updates on the new owner and possible re-opening of Sugarloaf, MI??
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by volklgirl
Has anyone heard any updates on the new owner and possible re-opening of Sugarloaf, MI??

The "new" owners want to turn it into an "extreme" snowboard park:

http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/apr/30sugarloaf.htm


The follow-up:

http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/may/05sugar.htm
post #3 of 21
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No offense to boards, cuz I do that too, but ....Ugh!! It's the best ski hill anywhere around here. Maybe they'll ramp up on the old mountain biking trails too, for summer??
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Seems that Sugarloaf is in the news all the time. Kinda sad it's had so much trouble, but I think the new owners will do what ever it takes to generate money. Maybe a park is the way to get the bucks they need?

Never mt biked there. Is it a good place to venture out?
post #5 of 21
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It used to be, lots of climbs and some sand.....I have no idea how overgrown it is now, though. Last time I was out there was just before they closed and it was pretty ugly then.
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I find it really strange that just about a decade ago, there were many resorts that didn't even allow snowboards, and now someone can fiscally find what's basically a snowboard specific/emphasized resort feasible.

I'm not entirely alarmed by this shift in popular culture, but who know's what the future (apparantly sooner than far off) direction will be...Will I have to worry about what mountains will be open to me, as a skier?

The only reason I'm not totally alarmed by this is the fact that more people, 18 and under, are taking skiing lessons than snowboard lessons.
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The big problem for me in their snowboard park plan is that the majority of snowboarders are basically kids. The money in the ski industry is from things like condo sales, which means established adults and families, and if they limit the skiing on a relatively small hill, they're not going to attract any meaningful business. They easily could keep the best skiing on that hill and still have a substantial terrain park by establishing it on the former FIS race slopes. Their plan to demolish the oldest rooms and erect condos makes sense. Turning the defunct tennis barn into a skatepark makes sense. The RV park doesn't sound like a really good investment to me. There simply aren't that many winter RVers. Where they really need to spend money is on the ski hill infrastructure. The entire lift system, the complete snowmaking system and all slope care equipment must be replaced to make the place useable as a winter facility.
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Agreed...even when they were running, the lifts and snowmaking equipment were ancient and ailing at best. But the skiing....oooh the skiing!!

The RV park makes a little more sense if they do step-up to the mountaining biking angle, though. The skatepark could also be a bike park (like Rays in Ohio), and good trails and possibly lift served runs would attract the older crowd as well (read the $$ providers). Other than Boyne no one in Northern MI offers that, and with shopping and beaches in Lelanua and TC just a short drive away, the 'Loaf COULD be a summer destination resort for "extreme" sporters.

I've been trying to get Crystal to develop their trails for a couple of years now. They used to have a ROCKIN set of trails with a fantastic technical downhill. They promptly dozed the interesting parts when they put in the North Face. Argh! They're more interested in the BIG $$$$ from the golfing crowd.
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Originally Posted by volklgirl
....possibly lift served runs ..... Other than Boyne no one in Northern MI offers that.....
Maybe you are limiting your definition of "Northern Michigan" too much.....

http://www.marquettemountain.com/mmsum01.php
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
Maybe you are limiting your definition of "Northern Michigan" too much.....

http://www.marquettemountain.com/mmsum01.php
I will be in Marquette toward the end of July. This is good information to know! I will definitely check it out!
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
Maybe you are limiting your definition of "Northern Michigan" too much.....

http://www.marquettemountain.com/mmsum01.php

i think she was referring to the northern LP, everyone knows the UP offers the midwest's best skiing
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618
i think she was referring to the northern LP, everyone knows the UP offers the midwest's best skiing

Have you been to Lutsen, MN?
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Originally Posted by trekchick
I will be in Marquette toward the end of July. This is good information to know! I will definitely check it out!
Send me a PM before you come up..... My wife and I can take you to some great trails.

Volklgirl and her husband will be up at some point for some riding as well.
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
Send me a PM before you come up..... My wife and I can take you to some great trails.

Volklgirl and her husband will be up at some point for some riding as well.
I'll be up for an enduro race(do you know Zambon's?)
Husband races and I usually try to do something for fun and make a weekend of it.
I love the UP!
Heck.....I love where I live!
I guess....I'm just happy, where ever I am!(where ever that is at the moment)
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Have you been to Lutsen, MN?
Yes I have, and while I do enjoy the massive size, it still isn't up to par with the terrain and overall core skiing vibes Marquette Mt, Mont Ripley, and Mt Bohemia have to offer. None of these places could ever be accused of putting the resort before the skiing as Lutsen, the Southern UP (Powderhorn, Blackjack, etc.), and Northern MN (Giants Ridge) have been lately.
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Originally Posted by trekchick
I'll be up for an enduro race(do you know Zambon's?)
Husband races and I usually try to do something for fun and make a weekend of it.
I love the UP!
Heck.....I love where I live!
I guess....I'm just happy, where ever I am!(where ever that is at the moment)
My buddy Mark works at Zambon's, and my buddies Jake and Ben will probably be racing in that enduro!
Like I said, if you want a guide at all.... no problem. Do you wakeboard by any chance?
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
My buddy Mark works at Zambon's, and my buddies Jake and Ben will probably be racing in that enduro!
Like I said, if you want a guide at all.... no problem. Do you wakeboard by any chance?
No wakeboard. But I love watersports and am always up for a new adventure. Who knows how busy we'll be at the races. I'll let you know when it gets closer.
Thanks for the offer.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
My buddy Mark works at Zambon's, and my buddies Jake and Ben will probably be racing in that enduro!
Like I said, if you want a guide at all.... no problem. Do you wakeboard by any chance?
haha, what a small world, i know zambon's son nate. i wonder if he'll be back on his bike in time for that race with his knee all messed up from last season.
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618
haha, what a small world, i know zambon's son nate. i wonder if he'll be back on his bike in time for that race with his knee all messed up from last season.
There are two Zambons(dealerships). One in Marquette and One in Escanaba.(brothers)

The one in Marquette concentrates mostly on off road/trail. The one in Escanaba concentrates mostly in Motocross/track.
The Escanaba family usually attends our motocross racing series, but didn't show up for our first race of the year. (wonder what they're up to):
Good people...the whole family
www.cadillacmc.com
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
Maybe you are limiting your definition of "Northern Michigan" too much.....

http://www.marquettemountain.com/mmsum01.php
Hey, Jamie,

There's a nasty rumor going around in TC that Marquette's trails are going bye-bye (something about some stunts being unsafely built). Any truth to that??

Besides, we all know the UP isn't really part of Michigan . They're just kinda their very-own state .
post #21 of 21
Do you realize how many mountain bike trails there are in Marquette??? The trails aren't going away.....
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