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Traverse City couple purchases Mount Mancelona

Traverse City couple purchases Mount Mancelona

MANCELONA, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Northern Michigan ski resort, Mount Mancelona, has been shut down for more than 30 years.

Now, a couple from Traverse City is working to bring it back to life and give back to the Mancelona community at the same time.

Sam and Abby Porter are the new owners of Mount Mancelona, or as their family calls it, “a mountain of dreams.”

The ski resort that was built in 1954 and later shut down in 1984.

The property went up for sale last December and the entrepreneur couple jumped on the opportunity.

“When it closed, it kind of just sat there with dreams until now,” said Sam Porter. “So we are really trying to take part with the dreams. Just figure out what works today and take it one step at a time. It was a great ski resort. It was kind of the economic anchor of Mancelona.”

The ski resort sits on 75 acres of land and is the tallest peak in the Mancelona area, reaching 350 feet of vertical gain.

The lodge still holds all of its character from when it was built more than 60 years ago and the porters say they want to keep that character.

“Mancelona carries thousands of memories and so many people have had some of the best times of their life here,” said Sam Porter. “So that's a huge value that crowd to bring it back.”

The Porters say while they aren’t sure what the space will be.

It could become a campground, a space for music and festivals or a ski resort, but they do know they want to make a positive impact in the Mancelona community.

“We definitely want to give a lot back to Mancelona,” said Sam Porter. The Jordan River Valley and a lot of programs like public schools, that I think could use a lot of support. So we're getting excited about how we are going to give back, as much as we are going to build.”

Mount Mancelona is holding their kick-off event on November 25th with an intimate concert by Billy Strings.

For more information on Mount Mancelona, click here.

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