Shanty Creek’s slopes open December 16 with an upcoming schedule that includes a jam-packed holiday weekend lineup, the always-anticipated Instructional Weekend, followed by the annual White Pine Stampede and Slush Cup celebrations. Get the low-down here about events at Shanty Creek Resorts.

Photo by Beth Price

Photo by Beth Price

Holiday Events

December 16: Opening Day
Head to Schuss Mountain for the opening day on the slopes!

December 16: Sardine Special
A Shanty Creek Resorts original. Pack as many friends, family, neighbors and anyone else you can find into your car and head to Schuss Mountain. Everyone in your vehicle skis or rides for just $59 per carload—it’s the best value on the slopes.

December 17: Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy breakfast with Santa!

December 17: Tannenbaum Blitzen
Join the celebration of the holiday season at Shanty Creek’s Ivan’s Café. Enjoy a community buffet, torchlight parade down the face of Schuss Mountain, Christmas carols around the tree, Christmas cookie decorating and a visit from Santa.

December 23: Storytime with Santa
Join Santa as he reads Christmas stories in The Lakeview Hotel lobby.

December 25: Ski Free with Santa
Join Santa on the slopes of Schuss Mountain and ski for free from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit local food pantries. Children ages 5–12 can learn to ski with a twist. Take lessons from Santa’s elves and even ski with Ol’ Saint Nick himself! Book by December 23 by calling 866.695.5010.

December 30: Ski + Snowboard Demo Day
Many of the industry’s top names in ski and snowboard equipment will be on-hand at Schuss Mountain from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. offering the opportunity to try the latest equipment, answer questions and recommend the right equipment.

December 31: New Year’s Eve
Shanty Creek offers several dining and entertainment options for all ages throughout the three villages: Kids’ Night Out in the Bellaire Room (Lakeview Hotel + Conference Center) from 6–10 p.m.; Family Dinner Show; a traditional dinner at The Lakeview Restaurant with views of the fireworks at midnight, or dinner at The River Bistro; music and dancing at Ivan’s at 9pm.

More information about holiday week events is available here.


Instructional Weekend

Shanty Creek Resorts wants to help you elevate your ski skills at Shanty Creek’s Instructional Weekend. Whether you want to sharpen your existing techniques or try skiing for the first time, the expert ski instructors at Schuss Mountain will provide you with plenty of tips and practice time in a variety of terrain and snow conditions.

Packages start at $341 per person, per weekend (based on double occupancy) and include two nights’ lodging, two breakfasts, one dinner, a welcome reception, eight hours of instruction, weekend Superticket, Nordic pass and complimentary skiing the night of arrival. Valid January 20–22, 2017. Taxes and fees apply. Children’s rates available when sharing resort room with an adult: $180 for ages 3–8; $202 for ages 9–17.

White Pine Stampede

Hundreds will compete in Michigan’s longest and oldest point-to-point cross country ski race. The annual White Pine Stampede stretches over the hills and through the woods of Antrim County while raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Races are 10k, 20k and 50k.

At the conclusion of the event, join other participants at the Shanty Creek Summit Center for the Short’s Brewing Post Race Cool Down. A sampling of Short’s products along with snacks will be available for everyone while they hang with friends and family and view a slideshow of the day’s events.  Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The Short’s Brewing Awards Ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., in the same room.

Slush Cup

The Slush Cup has been one of Michigan’s most popular winter events for over 40 years. Watch the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as skiers and riders attempt to cross an icy 60′ pond. Some take it to another level with crazy costumes. Other events include a frozen fish toss, snow shovel racing and a seal slide—all part of the traditional wild and crazy weekend. Ski + Stay packages start at $104/night. The Slush Cup is limited to 80 people, so register early!

  • 9 a.m.–1 p.m.: Registration | Ivan’s Stage
  • 11 a.m.: Seal Slide | Face Race Shack
  • Noon: Frozen Fish Toss | Face Race Shack
  • 1 p.m.: Shovel Races | Face Race Shack
  • 2 p.m.: Slush Cup | Ivan’s Alley

In winter, Schuss Mountain ski resort and Summit Mountain’s two-mountain experience provides 51 downhill slopes, five terrain parks, 30 kilometers of cross country skiing and a multi-lane alpine tubing park. For reservations, call 866.695.5010.

– Press Release provided by Shanty Creek Resorts

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