Demolition has begun at a former ski resort in northern Michigan that stood vacant for over 20 years.
Sugar Loaf in Leelanau County, northwest of Traverse City, once attracted 3,000 skiers a day in winter back in its heyday in the 1970s. The ski resort attracted top-tier talent and was known as “the gem of the entire Midwest,” according to Powder, a skier’s magazine.
It once hosted a ski school, lodge, hotel, golf course and recreational room. After years of bad management, Sugar Loaf switched owners several times before shutting down, according to Powder. Since it closed in 2000,