Hickory will not open this season
From their Facebook Page
Dear Hickory Friends,Hickory will not be operating for the winter of 2016-2017. The increasing costs of insurance, government regulation, and maintenance have made it impossible to operate Hickory as it has in prior years. It is an unfortunate truth that Hickory simply cannot sell enough lift tickets (even in the best of winters) to cover the rising costs of overhead. That said, the future is bright for our favorite Adirondack ski hill. We look forward to reopening Hickory for the winter of 2017-2018 under a re-imagined model aimed at engaging a broad-based community of skiers and families.We appreciate the loyal support of all our Hickory Faithful during this transition. Hickory is a wonderful place that is worth preserving and we look forward to securing its success for future generations.
As for government regulation, I don't think receiving your permits for the snowmaking project and letting them expire is the fault of the government. I know there are a lot of other factors at play and wish Hickory the best, but it seems like any action is better than nothing.