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Hickory Hills Recreation Area

A Great Place for Family Fun!


Hickory Hills 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. 

In 2018, Hickory Hills underwent significant infrastructure improvements due to more than $4 Million Dollars being allocated for improvements.  With the expansion, Hickory Hills now has a brand new lodge, a new maintenance building, and much more ski terrain.  Hickory Hills features 13 runs with 1 beginner, 7 intermediate, and 5 advanced runs and a dedicated terrain park and rail park. Also, on the beginner slope "Fast Tammy" we have a magic carpet lift.  Night skiing is available on most of the runs. Cross country skiers will find more than 5k 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 1/27/2020.