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. Our rates are still set at about the same price today. We just moved the decimal a bit, no big deal.