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The first ski run at Detroit Mountain was built by members of the Winter Holiday Ski Club. The ski club charged 75 cents per customer for a full day’s use of the mountain, and typically drew between 20-30 skiers per day during the weekends.

Detroit Mountain’s original ski club members tour new facility, talk history

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It all started with a 1935 Studebaker, about 1,200 feet of one-inch tow rope, and a mutual love for hurtling down snow-covered mountainsides at breakneck speeds.


The local skiing mecca known as Detroit Mountain first came into being 65 years ago, when seven young men from Moorhead decided that they were tired of driving for hours, to Walker or Brainerd or sometimes, even farther, to indulge their passion for downhill skiing.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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