Smith said between 130 and 230 people hit the hills each night during the week. And 14,000 people have skied so far this year. Both Traverse City high schools use the runs as a practice facility for their ski teams.
The ski area opened all its trails before Christmas and saved significant amounts of money by not having to make much snow to keep its runs in shape.
Hill added that the 125 acres where the parkland sits may be prime real estate, but its quality of life value to Traverse City far outweighs the cost.
Anyone interested in talking to planners and seeing their latest presentation should go to the Governmental Center’s second floor training room Thursday evening. An open house begins at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by discussion from 7-8 p.m.