Hickory Ski Center has long been known for its family friendly atmosphere, and steep natural terrain and glades.
Hickory is less than 10 minutes from Lake George, yet has the reputation of offering an un-crowded and pure ski experience in the Adirondacks of New York State.
The area, founded in 1946 by a couple of veterans of the famed World War II 10th Mountain Division, has a vertical drop of 1,230 feet, the sixth-highest in New York State.
A history of the resort recounts its allure: "Hickory Ski Center is unlike any other. Take a step back in time and enjoy some of the same aspects of Hickory, which skiers enjoyed in 1946, when the mountain first opened. Although lift tickets will not be $2, the T-Bar and family friendly atmosphere are still the same. In 1946 skiers came from far and wide to ski this steep, un-crowded mountain.
"Hickory Ski Center captures the essence of skiing and riding with an above average percentage of black and double black Diamond trails, along with intermediate and beginner terrain. Riders are able to enjoy 213 acres of terrain on 19 trails, with two Poma Lifts and a T-Bar. Hickory has also been historically known for its glade skiing and a very popular spot for telemark skiers.
"Skiers and riders will enjoy a newly refurbished family friendly lodge, updated and reliable lifts, pristinely groomed beginner and intermediate trails, the same steep ungroomed expert trails the die hard locals remember along with wireless Wi-Fi, and a contemporary on line lift ticket purchasing system. 21 ‘Hickory Cabins' will be available through Sinai Retreat right at the base of Hickory for families to enjoy a nice vacation or long weekend away. Skiers and riders will also be able to enjoy ski lessons and ski school and feel safe with a professionally certified Ski Patrol, in case of emergency.
"Sticking with the family friendly atmosphere, children under seven and adults over 75 will ski for free. Children under 12 will ski free with an adult season pass. Adult season passes begin at $440 and a full day lift ticket costs $45."