Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
The Ski Area Safety Act, 1962 PA 199, as amended, was created 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, chains, belts, or ropes, and usually supported by trestles or towers with one or more spans.
The bureau currently oversees the operation of 53 ski areas with 171 surface and chair lifts and 114 rope tows.