Warrensburg, NY – The Hickory Legacy Foundation recently announced a day-long celebration and fundraiser to benefit the return of youth skiing at the Hickory Ski Center in the winter of 2024. “Hickory Hike 4 Kids” will feature a first-ever community hike up the recently-renovated hiking trails on the mountain; an outdoor BBQ picnic featuring local food, beer, and wine, family games (including disc golf), and a rocking local band. Hike participants for the round-trip hike to the top will begin at 11 a.m. Alternative hike routes will also be available for other ability levels. Admission for non-hikers to join lunch, activities, and music is $10 online or $15 the day of the event.
The Hickory Ski Center and The Hickory Legacy Foundation have made transformative renovations and upgrades to the legendary Warrensburg mountain over the past three years. Most recently Hickory opened the 3 Sisters Café, renovated the Johnny B’s Lounge (which is available for events), and cleared 15 miles of trails for all levels of hikers. This summer will also welcome an 18-hole professional-level disc golf course on Hickory.
“Hickory Hike 4 Kids” will be the foundation’s first major public fundraiser. The event will raise funds for lift operations for the lower part of Hickory starting 2024 – so that the mountain can return to being a beloved place for local and regional children to learn how to ski.
Check out this Adirondack Explorer story about the Hickory Ski Center at the following link: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/hickory-ski-center
“Hickory is being reborn – as a destination that will continue its commitment to introducing children to the joys of skiing, and also as a year-round location for recreation and eco-education,” said Clint Braidwood, chair of the Hickory Foundation. “We have real momentum – courtesy of the vision and patience of Bill Van Pelt, and our strong community of supporters. What better way to support this mountain jewel, than by going on a morning hike together, and enjoying bands, brews, and barbecue on the lodge’s front lawn.”
o “Hickory Hike 4 Kids” registration is available at https://myevent.com/hikeforhickory, and for direct contributions to support Hickory’s youth ski initiative.
o 3 Sisters Café, which opened in fall 2023, will be opening for Friday evening and weekend breakfast and lunch with a new menu starting May 12.
o In the summer of 2023, Hickory will begin a youth eco-learning program for children aged 7 to 18. Registration will soon be open for weekly sessions during July and August.
The Hickory Legacy Foundation began in 2022 as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy lifestyles through recreational activities for youth, educate youth about the ecosystem of the 3 Sisters Range, sustain the range’s ecosystem, and preserve the historic value of one of New York’s first ski areas.
Photo at top: Skiers make their way toward the summit of Hickory Ski Center as wind fills the air with flakes of snow. Photo by Alan Wechsler.