Ski Bowl history

Arthur of Grand Haven asked, "What's the story behind the Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl? Was it always a place where people went skiing, or were there other activities there prior to the way it is now?"
Alex Doty
Dec 4, 2013


Arthur, that's a good question. After doing some digging online, here is what the Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl website has to say:

"Mulligan’s Hollow was originally farmland in the late 1800’s. It was later used as a boot camp for training the Coast Guard during WWII. As the buildings were no longer used and fell to disrepair, the area was used primarily for recreation.

"Finally, in 1963, the last standing building, a mess hall, was converted into the first warming hut for the Ski Bowl.  Mulligan’s Hollow was officially dedicated as a park in 1973. Mulligan’s Hollow has been operated by volunteers, the city of Grand Haven and the YMCA. The operations of Mulligan’s Hollow was officially handed over to a non-profit organization, the Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl Association, in 2009."

Furthermore, since its formation into what it is today, there have been many improvements to the area, including a new ski lodge, a storage shed, and new equipment has been purchased over the years to keep the slopes slick.

To read more about the Ski Bowl, CLICK HERE.

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Mulligan's Hollow was also the camp site for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), part of F.D. Roosevelt's New Deal. In fact, it was the first CCC camp in Michigan.


wow, there's an idea. Put people to work!

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