Holiday Hills – Traverse City

A Consumers Power brochure from around 1959 listed Holiday Hills among the top ski areas in the northern lower peninsula. They stated that it was located 4 miles east of Traverse City with 13 slopes from 500′ to 1600′, and 7 tows. They had snowmaking, night skiing, ski instruction, skating, sleigh rides, snacks and meals on premises.

In 1959, Sports Illustrated noted: Gunnar Samson now heads  the ski school.  A 1000′ Hall T-bar with a 160′ rise was added. On Jan. 4, 1968, The Cass City Chronicle printed the AAA Michigan “Guide to 1968 Winter Sports Fun.” It listed Traverse City Holiday as being 5 mi. east of town with 12 slopes and trails, 2 T-Bars, 4 tows, night skiing and snowmaking.

According to the current area web site Holiday Hills was opened in 1949 by a group of local businessmen with one rope tow. In the 1950’s, they added more land, more runs and another rope and a couple t-bars. In 1985, the area was sold to Warren and Sue Brosch who changed the name to Mt. Holiday.

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