This year there are more ski areas with better facilities than ever. To assist the skier in his choice of places, both old and new, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has compiled a representative guide to the major midwestern ski resorts, giving key facts on each resort—the number of days operated last season; average minimum snow depth; total attendance last year; type of lifts, with length/rise/capacity per hour; new facilities; the address for reservation information. In addition, the guide lists the name and telephone number of the person to call in each area for reports on snow conditions throughout the season.
Avalanche, Boyne City: New area, with 2 miles of trails. Poma 1,500/260/700; warming hut. Reservations: Gregg Smith, Boyne City Citizen, Boyne City. Snow conditions: GREGG SMITH, Boyne City, Junction 2-6641.
Boyne Mt. Lodge, Boyne Falls: 10 miles of trails, open 139 days, avg. min. snow depth 2 feet. Double chair 1,800/500/800; double chair 1,830/485/800; T bar 600/450/800. New: Heron double chair 2,250/500/800; snow-making equipment. Reservations: Boyne Mt. Lodge, Boyne Falls. Snow conditions: CHARLES MOLL, Boyne Falls 20.
Brule Mt., Iron River: 3 miles of trails, open 115 days, avg. min. snow depth 10 inches, year's crowd 9,500. T bar 1,600/380/700. Reservations: Iron County Ski Corp., 403 W. Adams St., Iron River, Box 366. Snow conditions: TONY ANDRESKI, Iron River 700; nights, Iron River 368.
Caberfae, Cadillac: 10 miles of trails, open 84 days, avg. min. snow depth 10 inches, year's crowd 45,500. Double chair 2,200/265/1,100; 20 rope tows. New: 300-car parking lot; cafeteria and shop enlarged; enlarged instruction area. Reservations: Chamber of Commerce, Cadillac. Snow conditions: FRED BOCKS, Cadillac, Prospect 5-2679.
Cliffs Ridge, Marquette: 3� miles of trails, open 87 days, avg. min. snow depth 23 inches, year's crowd 5,000. T bar 1,550/425/1,200. New: three runs; Ridge Run developed. Reservations: Cliffs Ridge, Box 487, Marquette. Snow conditions: ANNAMARIE HOEDLMOSER, Marquette, Canal 5-0486.
Mt. Christie, Oxford: New area, 30 miles from Detroit. Poma 1,200/160/800; three slopes; five toboggan runs; shop; restaurant; lodge; snow-making equipment; night skiing. Reservations: Mt. Christie Lodge, Davison Road, Oxford. Snow conditions: NORM ARCHER, Grosse Pointe, Tuxedo 2-9239.
Manistee Ski Area, Manistee: 7 miles of trails, open 45 weekend days, avg. min. snow depth 9 inches, year's crowd 11,500. 9 rope tows. New: 2 rope tows; 2 runs. Reservations: Holland Capper, Manistee Board of Commerce, Manistee Ski Assn., Manistee. Snow conditions: HOLLAND CAPPER, Manistee, Parkview 3-2154.
Mt. Mancelona, Mancelona: 4 miles of trails. T bar 1,200/300/814; five rope tows. New: 3 rope tows; lodge; locker rooms; bar; new trail; lighting for Friday night skiing; hi-fi skiing music. Reservations: Mt. Mancelona Ski Club, Mancelona. Snow conditions: HAROLD AXTMANN, Mancelona, Justice 7-7491.