Skiing:The New Lure of a Supersport

¶ It looked like snow that winter day, and John Bintz was swept up with inspiration. An apple grower near Saginaw, Mich., Bintz had been searching for ways to use all the dirt left over from bulldozing a pond next to his orchards. Why not build a mountain? So with an earth leveler, he pushed the soil into a 60-ft. mound and named it the Apple Mountain Ski Resort. That was a dozen years ago. Today Apple Mountain has grown to 200 ft., and it bristles with eight ski lifts, an eight-nozzle snowmaking...

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