Ski Area Safety Board

The Michigan Ski Area Safety Board was created under Public Act 199 of 1962, as amended to license and regulate ski areas and ski lifts in Michigan. The Ski Area Safety Act defines ski area as an area used for skiing and served by one or more lifts. Ski lifts are defined as a device for transporting persons uphill on skis, or in cars on tracks, or suspended in the air by use of cables, belts, or ropes, and usually supported by trestles or towers with one or more spans.


The Board works with the Department to oversee the operation of ski areas, surface and chair lifts, and rope tows.


The Board consists of 7 members: 3 ski area managers (1 from Upper Peninsula, 2 from Lower Peninsula), 1 member of the central US Ski Association, 1 engineer with skiing experience, 1 person with skiing experience from the Upper Peninsula representing the general public, and 1 person with skiing experience from the Lower Peninsula representing the general public. Each member serves 4 year terms.


Click here to access the Ski Area Safety Board homepage and meeting information 



Public Act 199 of 1962, MCLA 408.323


Contact Information

Michael Beamish, Manager
State of Michigan
Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing
Licensing Division
PO Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
Tel.  517-241-6806
Fax. 517-373-2162



Timothy Meyer, Cadillac

Term expires 6/8/17

Lower Peninsula Ski Area Managers


Jim Bartlett, Harbor Springs

Term expires 6/8/17

Lower Peninsula Ski Area Managers

David Kubiske, Ida
Term expires 6/8/18
Public Member from the Lower Peninsula w/ski experience


James Grundstrom, Negaunee

Public Member from the Upper Peninsula w/ ski experience

Term expires 6/8/18


Steve Robinson, Birmingham

Term expires 6/8/19

Professional Engineer w/ski experience


Nick Sirdenis, Houghton

Term expires 6/8/20

Upper Peninsula Ski Area Managers


Charles Gano, Petoskey

Term expires 6/8/20

Central US Ski Association