Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 10, 2012

Hickory Hills offers discounted passes


TRAVERSE CITY — Children from the city who qualify for free or reduced school lunches can get a break on fees to ski at the city owned Hickory Hills.

The city commission approved small increases for ski passes that they hope will raise about $11,000 more in revenue for the ski venue and reduce its reliance on city taxpayers for financial support. But it also accepted a recommendation from the Grand Traverse Ski Club to offer a 50 percent discount to students with proof from their schools that they qualify for free or reduced lunch prices.

Tim Werner of the ski club said the discount might even increase revenue because it's unlikely many lower income students can afford to ski now and the lower rate might entice more users.

City commissioners tended to agree.

"It's not going to generate much revenue but it's a good thing to get kids out skiing," said Commissioner Jim Carruthers.