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The Unfortunate Demise of a Midwestern Gem

Hear from Powder Editor-in-Chief John Clary Davies on this episode of The Storytellers podcast

In this episode of “The Storytellers” podcast, I sit down with POWDER Editor John Clary Davies to hear about his recent trip to Sugar Loaf Ski Area, one of Michigan’s premiere skiing destinations in the 1970s and 1980s. Over the years, however, a combination of mismanagement and decaying infrastructure has left Sugar Loaf falling apart, and the local community in Traverse City, Michigan, with only fond memories and a yearning for their hill to be back up-and-running.

Accompanied by POWDER Photo Editor, David Reddick, Davies traveled to Sugar Loaf last spring to see if there is any possibility of chairlifts spinning again at this cherished small town ski area. Tune in to this week’s conversation on “The Storytellers” podcast to find out what’s in store for Sugar Loaf’s future.

Want to hear from the locals? Take a peek at this Powder Productions original short film, which captures the decay, and eerie beauty of Sugar Loaf’s recent downfall with commentary from the local community.

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Missed previous episodes of The Storytellers? You can find them right here. For even more Powder Radio, be sure to check out the “Sponsored” podcast, a weekly show that goes deep into the lives of professional skiers. and “Nausicaa Cast,” featuring skiing’s female leaders, including episode one with Ingrid Backstrom.