Northern Michigan Skiing: Test Ride at Shanty Creek Resorts

Northern Michigan Skiing: Here's a nifty bonus … if you're a season pass holder at any other resort, Shanty Creek invites you to ski free until the end of the season. So if your resort has already shut down, or you'd just like to tackle a new trail map, you can! With snow predicted this weekend, Shanty Creek's Slush Cup might tempt many skiers to give them a try.

Here's how Shanty Creek Resorts' "Test Rides" work: from now through March 25th, the end of the season, skiers and riders with season passes from other ski resorts can get a free daily lift ticket to "test ride" Shanty Creek Resort's two ski areas, Schuss and Summit Mountains. Can you go more than once? "Yes," says Chris Hale, Shanty Creek Resorts' vice president of sales and marketing. He explains that Shanty Creek Resorts is hoping to show off well-groomed, high quality snow conditions and then tempt skiers and riders to consider Shanty Creek Resorts' affordable pricing for next year.

Shanty Creek Resorts is bullish on next season's weather too, saying that history suggests next year's winter is likely to enjoy more snowfall. Springing from that hopeful prediction, Shanty Creek Resorts announced its annual spring sale for 2012/13 season passes with prices starting at $219. Move fast though. This initial price expires on Saturday, March 10th (extended because of the power outages).  Prices will increase to $239 on March 11 with a layaway option.

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