The master plan to improve the Hickory Hills ski area in Traverse City is complete.
Monday night, the SE Group ski resort consultants laid out the plans before a joint meeting of the Traverse City commission and Garfield Township Board.
The master plan study was meant to look into potential ways to expand the facility to get more use out of it. The $4 million dollar plan does just that. Upgrading the ski runs and rope tows, the parking lot, and lodge are all on the list. The consultants also want to make more cross country trails.
The plan focuses on introducing new summer activities and programs to the community, too.
Suggestions include picnic areas, a ropes course, and a climbing wall.
So far, the feedback from commissioners is positive.
Commissioner Gary Howe says how Hickory Hills is managed sets the city apart.
â??Hickory Hills is a very efficient operation,â?? said Howe. â??Not many communities have a municipal ski hill and that we actually run it efficiently, I think is good news. As we move forward it's just how do we make it more of a valued asset to the community.â??
The plan includes a new or remodeled lodge. The consulting SE Group says most of the ski hill's revenue comes from concessions and rentals. So a larger facility would help Hickory make money.
The meeting Monday night was only a study session, so the plan will have to go before city commissioners again for final approval.