Hanson Hills 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 ticket 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 work with Hanson Hills. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Hanson Hills's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Hanson Hills around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Hanson Hills 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, 0.2 square miles, or 0.5 square kilometers.
Hanson Hills's slopes see on average 60 inches (1.5 meters) of snowfall a year.
Hanson Hills Elevation
Hanson Hills 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.
Hanson Hills Difficulty Level
15.4out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
Skiable Terrain 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.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 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 Location
Hanson Hills is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Grayling, MI.
Grayling, MI 49738 USA
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Getting to Hanson Hills
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Hanson Hills), 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.
|Detroit Metropolitan Airport||DTW||Detroit, MI||182 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 Airport||TVC||Traverse City, MI||41 mi|
|Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County Airport||PLN||Pellston, MI||64 mi|
|Alpena County Regional Airport||APN||Alpena, MI||66 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Hanson Hills, 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.
|Alpine Valley||Elmira, MI||1,210 ft||34%||23 mi|
|Treetops||Gaylord, MI||1,345 ft||29%||26 mi|
|Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek||Bellaire, MI||1,125 ft||36%||29 mi|
|Timber Ridge||Gobles, MI||941 ft||24%||35 mi|
|Boyne Mountain||Boyne Falls, MI||1,120 ft||28%||38 mi|
|Mt. Holiday||Traverse City, MI||440 ft||36%||39 mi|
|Caberfae Peaks||Boon, MI||1,545 ft||37%||47 mi|
|Ski Brule||Boon, MI||1,861 ft||39%||47 mi|
|Snow Snake||Harrison, MI||1,230 ft||29%||47 mi|
|Swiss Valley||Jones, MI||1,200 ft||32%||47 mi|
|Petoskey Sports Park||Petoskey, MI||791 ft||0%||51 mi|
|Nubs Nob||Harbor Springs, MI||1,338 ft||31%||58 mi|
|Crystal Mountain||Thompsonville, MI||1,132 ft||35%||62 mi|
|Apple Mountain||Freeland, MI||620 ft||24%||88 mi|
Hanson Hills Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,362 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,137 ft|
|Vertical Drop||225 ft|
(50% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 0% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||60 inches|