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Hickory Hills

Construction Updates: 

March 23, 2018



 Contacts:Derek Melville, City of Traverse City, Parks & Recreation Superintendent,                               

Hickory Hills Ski & Recreational Area

Temporary Closure to kick off improvements to Hickory Hills

3/26/2018 – 4/20/2018 

TRAVERSE CITY-Improvements at Hickory Hills have begun! The City of Traverse City in cooperation with our non-profit partner, Preserve Hickory, is excited to announce that improvements to Hickory Hills will soon be underway. Years of collaborative planning, design and fund raising are culminating in approximately four million dollars worth of substantial upgrades to the park.   The improvements will significantly expand year-round public recreational opportunities and accessibility.   Improvements include a new lodge, maintenance facility, parking, trails, disc golf and a new entrance.


Initial site work, including tree removal, will begin on March 26, 2018 and pending weather related delays is planned to be completed by approximately April 20, 2018.  Select trees will be removed for safety of those visiting Hickory and to open terrain for alpine and freestyle skiing and to improve Nordic ski and all-purpose recreational trails and a sledding hill.  


To ensure safety and to expedite improvements, Hickory will be closed to the public until the work is complete, approximately April 20, 2018.  Signs and barricades will be placed to define and secure work areas.  Additional temporary park closures during upcoming summer months are expected. Park closure dates will be communicated through local media and posted online at


Implementing the improvements at Hickory Hills at times may generate elevated dust and noise levels.  We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as the end result will benefit the community. Contact Parks Superintendent Derek Melville at if you have any questions comments or concerns about the work or schedule.



A Great Place for Family Fun!

2000 Randolph Street
Traverse City, MI  49684

Visit Preserve Hickory for ways to become involved with Hickory Hills' Campaign -

Hickory Hills Master Plan

Hickory Hills Master Plan Appendices

View a video of the Hickory Hills Open House and Public Input Session held on February 20, 2014. 

Hickory Hills Ski Area is owned and operated by the City of Traverse City.  Hickory Hills began operations in the winter of 1950-51 on 12 City owned acres. Adjacent land was leased or used by friendly agreement. The City now owns approximately 125 acres. The lodge that was constructed in the mid 1950′s is still in use today with a fireplace and snack bar.

Hickory Hills features 8 runs with 1 beginner, 5 intermediate, and 2 advanced runs that are serviced by 5 rope tows. Night skiing is available on 7 of the runs. Cross country skiers will find 4k of trails with a 1k trail lighted for night skiing. The Ski Patrol assists by promoting safe skiing and offering first aid services.

Prior to 1985, Hickory Hills was completely at the whim of nature for its snow. The number of skiing days ranged from a low of 29 in 1983-84 to a high of 83 days in 1958-59. Since 1985 the number of days has stabilized with an average of 70 skiing days per year since snow making equipment was installed. Snow making capabilities now exist on six of eight runs.

This page last updated on 3/23/2018.