Caberfae Peaks, MI

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8 thoughts on “Caberfae Peaks, MI

  1. New England Chairlifts & Skiing February 5, 2020 / 6:15 pm

    We’re you able to get what’s left of clubhouse?


      • New England Chairlifts & Skiing February 6, 2020 / 8:56 am

        Ah. If you have several, you should make a page of them.


  2. afski722 February 5, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    Man, I haven’t skied Caberfae in over to 20 years now. Not too long after they did the big North Peak earthmoving project.

    Any reason why they left the Clubhouse towers out there despite it being taken out of service in 2016?


  3. Nathan March 21, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Caberfae is one of the most confusing ski areas to document the history on due to lots of lift relocations and even a big earth moving project on North Peak. I don’t know how to fix the table on this page but a few things to consider;

    The lift labeled Clubhouse and Shelter in the table on this page was originally installed as “#1 double chair” and as “Bo Buck” respectively. The stats in the table correspond to their original installation.

    A lot happened in the late 80’s and 90’s and I’m not 100% sure of every detail but I think the following is accurate. A big earth moving project happened, I think in 1992*. #1 double had to be taken down and replaced a rope tow known as Shelter. Confusingly this new lift was known as First Peak before being called Shelter again a few years later. Bo Buck may have survived the earth move or possibly been moved slightly but it was moved to replace the “Instructor tows” and renamed Clubhouse by the mid 90’s.

    Regarding a 82-92 Riblet North Peak lift, I don’t think this lift ever existed at Caberfae. Certainly not a 137′ vertical version. A trail map dated 1985 shows the old #1 Double still there without any quad. A 87 maps also does not show a quad* A 88 map shows a quad though so either a lift got installed for just a few years or the date is off a few years. (a quad was definitely installed in 92)

    Lastly, there were so many t bar and rope tows over the years and many moved from place to place, tracking the history of those is probably impossible.

    Historical maps:
    *Another source confirming many of the dates above:


    • SpartySki August 18, 2020 / 8:42 pm

      BO Buck wasn’t moved. The drive terminal is still in place with half the chairs lined up on the ground in front of it. At the top, just north of the north peak there is a clearing and you will see several towers and more chairs. I think Clubhouse was a used lift from another hill somewhere else. I always wondered what happened to the Mt Maria Hall double. Maybe this was it. There were so many Hall doubles out there. I would bet in the 80’s and 90’s they were available quite often used.

      I never skied Caberfae prior to the North Peak being built up. I agree that the Riblet quad was never installed. It could have been planned then canceled and instead they decided to build up the North Peak which was probably a better decision.

      Many parts and pieces to the old rope rows and bar lifts are still in place. Always have wanted to hike around the old slopes in the Summer and see what I can find. I have heard from a few people while skiing there that they have done it.

      Caberfae is the closest “decent” vertical for those in southern Michigan. It is reasonable in price and very laid back compared to their competition further to the north. I hope they take on an expansion project in the future to ease some of the congestion that can occur.


      • Nathan August 23, 2020 / 12:38 pm

        BO Buck was a lot longer than the “instructor tows” so it’s possible that many parts were reused and others left on the ground. It would be odd to shut a lift down and buy a second lift of the same type rather than reuse some of it but it’s possible. It’s pretty unreal that BO Buck parts have been sitting on the ground for 30 years.


  4. Lawrence Wistinghausen August 2, 2020 / 10:11 am

    Number one chair was move and call the club chair. There was not a Riblet on north peak


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