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Shanty Creek

 

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Conditions
 
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Cherry Capital Airport 

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Summit Village 

 

Spacious and lavish guest rooms.  Recent $10 million dollar renovation. 

Extra person charges may apply

$166 and up 

Schuss Village

 

Featuring 72 suites and studios plus 14 condominiums.

 

Extra person charges may apply

Call for pricing 

Cedar River Village

 

 

Variety of accommodations from suites, villas and condos.

 

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$140.50  and up

 

       
       

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
DEALS
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
  • Three new runs on the north face of Schuss Mountain.
  • Schuss Mountain will also be open for night skiing on Friday nights until 10 p.m.
  • A new solar-power lighted cross-country skiing trail at its Summit Village. 
 
ACTIVITIES
 

Events 

 
SERVICES

 

2010 - 2011 Cross Country Rates

 

2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates
 

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


2010 - 2011 Snow Tubing Rates

 

Fitness Center and Spa

 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
 
Shanty Creek
Description:

Shanty Creek offers 46 runs at two ski areas. The more challenging terrain is found at Schuss Mountain, with demanding runs like Goose Bumps and Kingdom Come. The Summit Slopes ski area offers wide-open, relaxing runs for skiers of all abilities. Shanty Creek has a ski school, a recreational race program (NASTAR) and special programs for kids. Night skiing is available seven nights a week.Cross country skiing is also on the menu, with 30 km of groomed and tilled cross-country trails. More than just a skier's mountain, Shanty Creek is a golfer's delight with four separate golf courses on-site: The Legend Golf Club, Cedar River Golf Club, Schuss Mountain Golf Club, and the Summit Golf Club. Visitors that need a break from the fairways and greens can enjoy sand and sun at the private beach club on Lake Bellaire. Tennis courts, jogging paths, and mountain bike trails are just steps from lodging. Kid's Korner has day camps that include activities like swimming, hiking, crafts and more.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts9
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner27%
Trails-2-Intermediate31%
Trails-3-Advanced42%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park4
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total53
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1 mile
General-Base elevation675'
General-Vertical drop450'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds300 acres
General-Snow making coverage280 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Good Run Variety, Solid Black Runs

Cons: Better Skiing Just Slightly North

Schuss Mountain is a top ten Michigan ski area.  The five main lifts have a good combination of all ski run types with good run length.  Lifts are fixed a little slow but have short lines.  There are taller and bigger ski areas in Michigan but Schuss isn’t that far off.  

Posted

Pros: Varied terain

I went to Shanty Creek in February 2012 with my family.  We really liked Schuss Mountain.  It had a nice mix of beginner and expert terrain.  We especially liked the red lift area which is heavily wooded.  We actually stayed at Summitt mountain which was quite a bit smaller, but the hotel we stayed at had a free shuttle to Schuss, about a 5 minute ride.  My son liked the monster terrain park at the purple lift.  We plan on going back in the near future !

Posted

Pros: Ski In/Out Condos

Cons: Typical Midwest Short Runs

Shanty has a bunch of slope side ski in ski out condos and hotel style rooms. I love walking 20 feet out the door and clicking into my bindings. The skiing is typical Midwest 500' elevation runs that you can do in one breath if you really want to bomb it.

 

I've been to a dozen different Learn To ski and Carnival weekends there. And they always come up with great bands for reception parties, ones that play everything but wedding reception fodder.

 

The heated pool and hot tub are very nice, and they have a very nice spacious lodge where all the indoor stuff happens.  

 

Over the years they have added several new runs and lifts on the back side of the mountain. 

 

One interesting thing about Midwest resorts is that many of they keep trying to outdo the other ones for bragging rights on one spec or another. Several times Shanty has piled up more dirt on top of the hill to incramentally increase the lift elevation. I don't mind that at all, it actually gives them an opportunity to sculpt the top of the mountain, I just find it amuzing. 

 

I find the overall experience of Shanty Creek to be well worth the time, money and effort to get there.

Posted

Pros: good value, not usually crowded, less expensive than it's peer hills

Cons: snow quality can be spotty

Schuss Mountain / Shanty Creek is really two resorts about 5 miles apart. Shuttle busses connect the two, but most people just pick one or the other for the day. Schuss Mountain is the larger of the two and has terrain as good as any of the lower peninsula resorts.  Shanty Creek is much smaller and geared more towards families and beginners but since it's sited at the big convention center / golf course there are more amenities there.

If you're looking to ski "Boyne Country" and don't want to pay top dollar or deal with the crowds, Schuss is a very good choice.  They seem to get more snow in Mancelona than further north, so the snow is plentiful.  But Schuss doesn't spend as much on snowmaking/grooming as some of the other nearby resorts so it's not always at it's best in early/late season.

There's terrain for all abilities at Schuss; there's not alot of truely beginner terrain, but anyone with basic skills can find plenty to ski there.  Rank novices should go to Summit Village, Nubs, or one of the Boynes.  The front side has nice steeps, and there are some good cruisers too.  There are two terrain parks, including a skiercross.  Not much tree skiing.

Schuss has lower lift ticket prices than other comparable resorts in the area, plus there are some great deals on their website (eg 5 days for $99).  If you only want to ski the smaller Summit Village, tickets there are only $10 and the rope tow is free!

Bottom line: good skiing, good value