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post #1 of 23
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Headed here the weekend of 2/8. Going to be with gf and another couple. I believe we are staying at Schuss mtn. Tips ideas etc. From peeps that know the resort. Best eats watering holes. You tell me 3 of the 4 of us usually ski at Boyne, but thought we would try different.smile.gif

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Edited by mctillsr - 1/29/14 at 12:35pm
post #2 of 23

New to the forum here but know the area pretty well.

Short's in Bellaire is a must do post skiing or for dinner, one of Michigan's best brewers for certain.  Moka has awesome coffee and breakfast snacks.  Shanty itself isn't as big or resorty as Boyne, but it's still a fun place to ski.  I love playing in trees and there is plenty of fun to be had on the red chair and by the terrain park if you dig the woods.  

As an added bonus, we have been getting hammered with snow, with no above freezing temps in sight.  You guys should have it good.

 

post #3 of 23

Shanty Creek resort comprises  two ski hills about 5 miles apart.  The Summit Village is much smaller and only has beginner / low intermediate terrain, but it's more developed since it's some kind of convention center in the summer. Schuss Mountain is the "real" ski hill and I'd recommend you do your skiing there, and only go over to Summit if you are curious about a small little hill. I think your Schuss Mt ticket is good there.

 

The hill is pretty easy to figure out - the front side has four or five steep runs that are similar to McLouth or Hemlock.  Easier runs are on the sides of the front.  There's a back area (red chair) with some short mellow blue cruisers. I can't say there's any hidden gems - it is what you see.

 

Can't help you with dining suggestions since I've never stuck around long enough to have dinner there.

 

BTW, if you don't have your lift tickets yet, you can get a 2-for-1 voucher by buying gas at Shell.  http://skifreedeals.com/ski-resorts-michigan.html#shanty

post #4 of 23
Drive to Traverse City for food? smile.gif
post #5 of 23
Might as well drive to nubs for a ski day if you are going to make the trip to TC for food. wink.gif
post #6 of 23
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Thank you for the input... if anything else comes to mind i am all ears

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post #7 of 23

Ah yes, Shanty Creek. I played their Arnold Palmer-designed golf course once several years ago. Really nice golf course. Oh wait, it's winter...

post #8 of 23

Had my first lessons at Schuss years ago, early-to-mid 90s.  Before all the expansion terrain, when the lodge was still ancient and played Warren Miller films during lunch; when one of the creaky, old doubles broke down every other weekend (the Pink Lift had a particularly bad reputation).  That first run down Kingdom Come (colloquially called "The Face") where you didn't have a yardsale was a BFD when you were 6 years old. :cool We moved on to Boyne and Nubs when I was about 11 due to my parents selling our Shanty condo and buying a house up in the Pellston area, but went back once around 1999 or 2000 to check out the new stuff.  Haven't returned since, maybe I should go back just for nostalgia at some point in the next year or two. 

 

But yeah, what can be said about the skiing as I remember it has already been said by Walt.  Some black groomers up front that let you carry some speed, but won't throw you much of a curveball (Face, Blue Skidoo, Pink Schussycat).  I remember a run called Sarajevo that was steep-ish and pretty narrow, very similar to The Slot at Boyne Highlands.  Surprise and Sapporo were decent cruisers.  If they let Goose Bumps get bumpy, I'm guessing that's probably still the toughest run.

post #9 of 23

I have been to SC the last four years with a ski club.  Weekend trip, stayed at the base.  For lunch on the mountain, the gf and I would go to Weiskopf's Grill.  It is located in the hotel across from the bottom of the purple lift. Good food, not too pricey.

Ivan's at the base has a full bar, decent menu selection.

 

I've never been to Short's, but have heard it is a great brewery. They have beer from Short's and Bell's at Ivan's.

 

As trailtrimmer said, the red lift has some fun hills.  For the size, Schuss is a fun weekend.

post #10 of 23

Enough said about the skiing, I can't add anything helpful, I don't even bother going to the summit just do all my skiing at Schuss.

 

 

As far as dining goes Traverse City has some great restaurants but it is not necessary to drive that far. If you want to stay within 10 miles or so you have some great choices. Shorts has been mentioned and I really love that place!! Lulu's is on the fancier side but a great place IMO. Both are in Bellaire. Just up the road in Central Lake is the Blue Pelican, it is basically two restaurants in one, the BP is on the main floor and a bit fancier, the side door saloon is in the basement and has better prices. Down the road in Mancelona you will find Shirley's on the south side of town right on 131. This is a GREAT place for breakfast and lunch!! Not to far away down in Alden is the Alden bar, it's not too far and they have good food.

 

That should give you some idea, I live right in Kalkaska and am very familiar with the area, if you need any more info at all just ask.

 

 

Have a great trip!!

 

 

We have lots of snow and the skiing is great, I skied Sat, Mon, and Tues at Schuss.

 

David

post #11 of 23
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I have been to SC the last four years with a ski club.  Weekend trip, stayed at the base.  For lunch on the mountain, the gf and I would go to Weiskopf's Grill.  It is located in the hotel across from the bottom of the purple lift. Good food, not too pricey.

Ivan's at the base has a full bar, decent menu selection.

 

I've never been to Short's, but have heard it is a great brewery. They have beer from Short's and Bell's at Ivan's.

 

As trailtrimmer said, the red lift has some fun hills.  For the size, Schuss is a fun weekend.


 Shorts brews a darker beer just for the resort, it is called Black Diamond, I really like it, the only place you can get it is at the resort.

post #12 of 23
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Thanks again for all the information.... Still 10 days away but looking forward to a bit of sliding  and of course the beer sounds enticing as well.

post #13 of 23

How long will you guys be skiing?  If you'll be doing at least two days, that trip up to Nubs on the second day may be worth it.

I dig Schuss, but if you are going to make the trip from that far south, might as well hit the best the lower peninsula has to offer.  It's not a resort, there is no golf or spa, they just do skiing and they do it very well.

 

Also, there are usually deals for Shanty/Schuss on Liftopia.

post #14 of 23
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Arriving late Friday evening. We will ski all day Saturday then Sunday until early afternoon. I would like to visit nubs but i don't think it is in the cards this round. If I can swing it I might try to visit again by the end of the month and at that point will probably do nubs.

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Arriving late Friday evening. We will ski all day Saturday then Sunday until early afternoon. I would like to visit nubs but i don't think it is in the cards this round. If I can swing it I might try to visit again by the end of the month and at that point will probably do nubs.

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I will be interested as to how the trip went and how the beer was!! Post pics if possible!!  Enjoy

post #16 of 23
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Shorts beer is great

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post #17 of 23

Great!! I'll be there in the morning. Black and brown spyder coat, black helmet with smith goggles, black pants, green boots. Say hi if ya see me. I mostly ski on the face hills between the yellow and pink chairs.

 

Have fun.

 

David

post #18 of 23
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Just got back to this. I may have seen you.
Had a blast although summit is small it was a nice little warm up and had to ski it just to see it.

Schuss was nice. Red chair was a great area, I was not ready to conquer the face... Closest I came was Sapporo. It kicked my butt Saturday, but on Sunday I destroyed it. Sunday that run was very icy though. Was a great time thanks for all the advice.

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Edited by mctillsr - 2/10/14 at 9:01am
post #19 of 23
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Road the people lift a few times, I must say tree terrain park sponsored by monster is very impressive. Even my girlfriend and her friend who just turned from crested butte were impressed. I will post a pic or 2 when I have some, I didn't get me camera out but there were a few taken.

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post #20 of 23

The ice does not shock me.  The side of the resort left of the blue chair always had a reputation for ice when I was growing up.  It has the most southernly exposure.

post #21 of 23
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Just got back to this. I may have seen you.
Had a blast although summit is small it was a nice little warm up and had to ski it just to see it.

Schuss was nice. Red chair was a great area, I was not ready to conquer the face... Closest I came was Sapporo. It kicked my butt Saturday, but on Sunday I destroyed it. Sunday that run was very icy though. Was a great time thanks for all the advice.

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Glad you had a great time! Saturday the skiing was great in the morning but the runs got a little icy later in the day. There were a lot of people there. I still found plenty of places to ski to avoid the ice. The face hill was closed most of the day due to the Kussa racing. When the racing was done they groomed the hill and it was fantastic for hours.

 

What local restaurants did you check out??

post #22 of 23
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Shorts and Ivans we didn't go really crazy and really liked shorts so went there 2 times lol ... Btw tree black diamond beer at the resort is very good too smile.gif

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post #23 of 23

Well shorts was a good choice, my head spins when I look at the beer menu and try to decide what to order, the food is good too.

 

I think I might bring home a 6 pack of black diamond the next time I hit Schuss.

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