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Hickory Hills

Construction Updates: 

June 26, 2018





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



Hickory Hills Ski & Recreational Area

Temporary Closure- Hickory Hills Disc Golf Course for construction

6/27/2018 -6/30/18


TRAVERSE CITY-Hickory Hills Disc Golf Course will be closed on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 through Saturday, June 30 as additional site improvements are completed in conjunction with the Hickory Hills Master Plan implementation. 


To ensure safety and to expedite improvements, Hickory Hills will be closed to the public during this time period.  The Disc Golf Course will reopen on Sunday, July 1, 2018 for use.  Signs and barricades will be placed to define and secure work areas.  Additional temporary park closures are expected in the coming weeks. 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 9/18/2018.