SKI

Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek, Mich.

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Two ski areas and three distinct villages make up the fourseason resort of Shanty Creek, which sprawls across 5,000 acres northwest of the town of Mancelona. Summit Mountain is the smaller, more family-focused of the two ski hills, while Schuss Mountain is the place for Indy Pass holders (only Schuss accepts the Indy Pass) and more advanced skiers.

Founded in 1967, Schuss was originally establishe­d as The Kingdom of Schuss, a village with its own currency, a moat, and border guards. The concept was essentiall­y a unique marketing ploy to get people to buy second homes here and become “land barons.” While The Kingdom of Schuss has fallen by the wayside—along with its currency and medieval amenities—the modern Schuss Mountain continues to thrive as a winter destinatio­n. Eight lifts service 43 runs on 400 skiable acres—69 percent of which is made up of blue and black runs ideal for intermedia­tes and up. The mountain also attracts a young and adventurou­s set thanks to its three terrain parks, of which the Monster Park—a fully-loaded terrain park sponsored by Monster Energy—is the crown jewel.

Shanty Creek has lots to offer beyond Schuss’ slopes, including some of the best Nordic and snowmobili­ng trails in Michigan. Those ready to explore can purchase the Superticke­t to check out Summit Mountain’s slopes and take advantage of Shanty Creek’s free shuttle that runs between the two areas. There’s more than enough to do here for a weekend in and of itself, but be sure to check out the village of Bellaire, with dining, shopping, and quaint lodging to perfectly round out a weekend trip.

MOUNTAIN STATS

VERTICAL: 450’ LIFTS: 7 TRAILS: 43 SKIABLE ACRES: 400 AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 175”

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