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    Winter Adventures At Shanty Creek Resorts

    Recently, Ski Magazine rated the Shanty Creek Resort as the Midwest’s number-one ski destination in value, dining, lodging, weather and après ski activities. It's no wonder because the Shanty Creek Resorts offer travelers a 4,500-acre recreational complex perched above the village of Bellaire, which makes it the perfect winter destination for recreation and adventure.

    For more than 25 years, Ohio businessman Steve Light has been bringing his family and friends north each winter to ski at Shanty Creek Resorts near Traverse City. “There are higher mountains, and there are places with more runs, but the overall atmosphere of that area makes it a great place to get away to,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve brought up there, and they all have the same reaction. The overall experience is just hard to beat.”

    Steve is a member of the dedicated cadre of downhill enthusiasts who love the gentle glacier-carved terrain of northwestern Michigan, which prides itself on the diversity of its winter experiences, the physical beauty of its surroundings, and its growing reputation as a culinary and cultural hotspot. And in recent years, its relatively moderate winter price structure has made the area around Traverse City even more attractive as a ski destination.

    Sprawling across an undulating plateau in Michigan’s Chain of Lakes region, you'll discover that the Shanty Creek is actually a complex of three interlocking “villages” -- Summit, Cedar River, and Schuss. These villages are connected by trail systems and serviced by a reliable shuttle system. Its ski areas feature a 450-foot vertical with 53 runs for every ability level.

    In recent years the resort has developed an impressive reputation as one of the region’s premiere snowboarding destinations, with four terrain parks and a tubing park, and it is continuing to hone that image with a major renovation and expansion of its Schuss Mountain terrain parks with more than 150 feet of new equipment, including a battleship box, an S-rail, a C-rail and a rainbow rail.

    Best of all? The resort offers what it calls “Michigan’s most affordable lift ticket,” the Summit Only package. At just $15 a day, it’s considered one of the best ski values in America, and includes a ski/snowboard rental option for an additional $20 a day.

    “People like that option because it’s so affordable,” says Shanty spokeswoman Lindsey Southwell. “A family of four can ski and get rental equipment for less than $150.”

    Known as the region’s leading full-service winter resort for skiing, tubing and snowboarding, the Shanty Creek Resort is defiantly a winter paradise worth visiting!

    By Michael A. Norton

    Getting There:

    To check out the current ski packages available, and plan your winter adventure at the Shanty Creek Resorts call 1-800-678-4111 or check their website at