About Hickory Hills
Hickory Hills began operations in the winter of 1950 -51 on 12 City owned acres. 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 for the enjoyment of our guests. 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 four of eight runs. The Grand Traverse Ski Club has been a part of Hickory Hills for many years providing opportunities for local youth to learn alpine racing techniques. In addition, the Ski Club has provided funds for many improvements at Hickory Hills. Assistance has been provided for the purchase of snow making equipment, snow groomer, snowmobile, lighting, sound system, and first aid equipment.