Hickory in the News (2009-2018)

New Feel for Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. February 23, 2019.

Race is on at Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. November 16, 2018.

New Ski Lodge and Trail Expansion in Traverse City
UpNorthLive. November 6, 2018.

Hickory Hills in Traverse City Begins Building a New Lodge
9&10 News. June 20, 2018.

Groundbreaking Marks Beginning of Hickory Hills Improvements
UpNorthLive. June 20, 2018.

Hickory Hills Master Plan Improvements Project Receives $1.8M
UpNorthLive. May 9, 2018.

Crews Cutting Trees at Hickory Hills for New Ski Slopes and Trails
Traverse City Record-Eagle. March 29, 2018.

Planning Board Seeks to Support Ski Hill Overhaul Permit
Traverse City Record-Eagle. February 16, 2018.

More Grants Provided to Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. January 12, 2018.

$1 Million in Upgrades Headed to Northern Michigan Parks
UpNorthLive. January 11, 2018.

Hickory Hills Plans Glide Ahead
Traverse City Record-Eagle. December 7, 2017.

Hickory Hills Trail to Honor Man’s Contributions to Children’s Recreation
9&10 News. October 11, 2017.

Editorial: Hickory Hills Effort Hits Fundraising Mark
Traverse City Record-Eagle. June 8, 2017.

Hickory Hills to Receive $1.5 Million to from City in Matching Funds
UpNorthLive. June 6, 2017.

Preserve Hickory Beats Fundraising Goal
Traverse City Record-Eagle. June 6, 2017.

Reports: Successful Ski Season Ending
The Ticker. March 24, 2017.

Officials Hear Hickory Hills Business Plan
Traverse City Record-Eagle. March 14, 2017.

New Business Plan for Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. March 13, 2017.

Traverse City Looking to Apply for Grants to Benefit Hickory Hills
9&10 News. February 22, 2017.

Preserve Hickory Hills in Traverse City Pushes to Reach $3.9 Million Fundraising Goal
9&10 News. February 22, 2017.

Group Meets Major Fundraising Goal
Traverse City Record-Eagle. February 5, 2017.

Preserve Hickory Kicks Off Capital Campaign
The Ticker. November 23, 2016.

Community Groups Blaze New Trails
The Ticker. August 4, 2016.

Preserve Hickory Raises Over a Million Dollars for Hickory Hills Recreation Area
9&10 News. June 6, 2016.

Hickory Hills Fundraising Tops $1 Million
The Ticker. June 4, 2016.

Traverse City Commissioners Pledge Funds to Hickory
9&10 News. June 2, 2015.

Ski Areas Look to Local Governments to Sustain Operations
Ski Area Management News. June 2, 2015.

City Pledges $1.5 million to Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Editorial: Hickory Hills ideal use for Brown Bridge Fund.
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Friday, May 15, 2015.

New Hickory Hill Plans Moving Forward
9&10 News. Mar 24, 2015

Input sought on Hickory Hills plan
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Monday, March 23, 2015

Plan to revamp Hickory Hills Ski Area moves forward
Interlochen Pubic Radio. Aug 19, 2014

Editorial: Hickory Hills report offers way forward
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Wednesday, June 11, 2014. It was good for city taxpayers to hear that the Hickory Hills ski area isn’t losing money because of poor management.

Hickory Hills well-run, consultant says
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Tuesday, June 10, 2014. A ski resort expert described the city-owned Hickory Hills Ski Area losses of about $80,000 a year as ÒawesomeÓ compared to most small, government-owned ski hills.

Inside Look at New Hickory Hills Master Plan.
The Ticker. www.traverseticker.com. June 9, 2014.

Consultants present completed Hickory Hills master plan
Monday, June 09, 2014. The master plan study was undertaken to look into potential ways to expand the facility to get more use out of it. The four million dollar plan does just that.

City ski area needs $4 million in improvements
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Friday, June 6, 2014 6:01 pm. Hickory Hills Ski Area might need a new lodge as part of $4.3 million to $5.3 million in improvements if city officials want to stem an avalanche of red ink generated by the small ski hill.

Hickory Hills master plan revealed
UpNorthLive.com-Feb 20, 2014. Hickory Hills has been serving the Traverse City community for 60 years.

Fighting to keep Hickory Hills
UpNorthLive.com-Feb 11, 2013. The future of Hickory Hills ski hill is just one of the issues Traverse City Commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Commissioners commit to funding of Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:24 am. The money-losing Hickory Hills Ski Area appears safe from the budget ax for the next few years.

Budget concerns an uphill battle for ski area
UpNorthLive.com Monday, July 22, 2013. The future of a ski hill in Traverse City was discussed Monday nights City Commissioners and community members take a look at a long-range master plan for Hickory Hills.

City could decide future of Hickory Hills Ski Area
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Sunday, July 21, 2013 7:14 am. A new city manager will arrive in time to help decide the fate of one of the city’s largest recreational properties.

Hickory Hills master plan moving forward
UpNorthLive.com. Tuesday, August 06, 2013. Commissioners will vote on contract bids for Hickory Hills master plan at next meeting.

Garfield agrees to co-fund Hickory study
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Monday, August 19, 2013 7:14 am. Garfield Township will contribute up to $8,000 to develop a master plan for the city-owned Hickory Hills Ski Area that falls within township boundaries.

City Approves Contract for Hickory Hills Plan – The Ticker
Nov 19, 2013 – Costs for the creation of the Hickory Hills Master Plan will be funded by several local entities, including $16,000 from the city, $8,000 from Garfield Township.

Hickory Hills debate may put focus on TC’s budget
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:23 am. Twice in the past couple months we’ve had cultural icons put on the chopping block as ways to alleviate budget shortfalls.

City commissioners back Hickory Hills
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:14 am. City commissioners appear ready to put on ice a proposal to cut Traverse City’s ski program, but other parts of next year’s city budget remain under fire.

Hickory Hills may become history
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Friday, April 20, 2012 7:18 am. Skiing at city-owned Hickory Hills Ski Area could halt to help offset a downhill city budget.

TC Celebrates Hickory Hills’ 60th
Traverse City Record-Eagle. January 13, 2012 7:53 a.m. Generation Why: Simple Gift, Rich Return. November 2011

Light the Night. Michigan Country Lines
November 2011

Hickory’s History Told. Traverse Bay Family
November/December 2011 issue, pg 41

National Writers Series
Letter from Doug Stanton. December 6, 2011. Record-Eagle, Generation Why: Simple Gift, Rich Return (pdf) November 2011
Michigan Country Lines (pdf) November 2011

Facebook Story of the Day: Hickory Hills History Friday, November 25, 2011
UpNorthLive’s Facebook fans voted to hear more about the book project highlighting the history of Hickory Hills Ski Area in Traverse City.

A History of Firsts, Hickory Hills a Trailblazer for Community Ski Areas
by Loraine Anderson, Reflections by the Bay, Autumn 2010

Hickory History: Students gather stories
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Tuesday, December 28, 2010 6:14 am.Ryan Ness and Molly Tompkins could have done a lot of things over their summer break.

Do you have a Hickory Hills story?
Traverse City Record-Eagle. Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:58 pm. Do you or your family have stories to share or memorabilia (photos, patches, racing equipment or vintage apparel specific to Hickory or the Grand Traverse Ski Club) regarding your experiences at Hickory Hills? The authors of an upcoming book on the history of the ski area would love to hear from you.

Fact Finder Follow Up: Hickory Hills Comments
Tuesday, March 24, 2009. UpNorthLive.com. Story generates record number of viewers’ comments.

Fact Finder: Hickory Hills Future. UpNorthLive.com Thursday, March 19, 2009