Gather round friends, for we have a story to tell. It starts with the granddaddy of Gaylord downhill skiing, Ouelette “Lin” Meade. Lin opened the Sylvan Knob Ski Area in 1954, sporting two tow ropes and six slopes ranging from “I suck” to “Winter Olympics Champion.” The first lift tickets were sold a year later in 1955 for $3.00 a day or $5.25 for a weekend pass. It’s still about the same price now. We just moved the decimal a bit, no big deal.