Hanson Hills Ski Resort

Hanson Hills Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Grayling, MI. We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Hanson Hills stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Hanson Hills is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Hanson Hills Ski Resort.

Hanson Hills Lodging:

Hanson Hills Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Hanson Hills has a total of 11 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Hanson Hills is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 125 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 51 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
125(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Hanson Hills Ski Resort Elevation

Hanson Hills Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,362 feet, or 415 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,137 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 225 feet (69 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Hanson Hills has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,362'(415 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
225'(69 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,137'(347 m)

Hanson Hills Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
14.8out of 100
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Hanson Hills is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 50% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 225 feet.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Hanson Hills has 125 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Since Hanson Hills is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 50% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 50% trails are rated as intermediate.
50%(63 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(63 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
0%(0 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Hanson Hills Ski Resort good for beginners?

Hanson Hills is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 50% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Hanson Hills Ski Resort Location

Hanson Hills Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Grayling, MI.

Grayling, MI 49738 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.64000, -84.75000

Getting to Hanson Hills Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Hanson Hills Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.64000, -84.75000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Grayling, MI to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Hanson Hills Ski Resort.

Detroit Metropolitan AirportDTWDetroit, MI182 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Hanson Hills.

Cherry Capital AirportTVCTraverse City, MI41 mi
Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County AirportPLNPellston, MI64 mi
Alpena County Regional AirportAPNAlpena, MI66 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Hanson Hills Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Hanson Hills Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Alpine ValleyElmira, MI1,210 ft32%23 mi
TreetopsGaylord, MI1,345 ft28%26 mi
Schuss Mountian at Shanty CreekBellaire, MI1,125 ft35%29 mi
Timber RidgeGobles, MI941 ft23%35 mi
Boyne MountainBoyne Falls, MI1,120 ft27%38 mi
Mt. HolidayTraverse City, MI440 ft35%39 mi
Caberfae PeaksBoon, MI1,545 ft35%47 mi
Ski BruleBoon, MI1,861 ft37%47 mi
Snow SnakeHarrison, MI1,230 ft28%47 mi
Swiss ValleyJones, MI1,200 ft31%47 mi
Petoskey Sports ParkPetoskey, MI791 ft0%51 mi
Nubs NobHarbor Springs, MI1,338 ft30%58 mi
Crystal MountainThompsonville, MI1,132 ft33%62 mi
Apple MountainFreeland, MI620 ft23%88 mi

Hanson Hills Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,362 ft
Base Elevation1,137 ft
Vertical Drop225 ft
(50% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  0% Expert)
Skiable Acres125
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Hanson Hills Ski Resort Mountain Stats