Winter is an exhilarating season in Northern Michigan. Abundant lake-effect snow provides ideal conditions for snow sports, including downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Located in beautiful Bellaire – just 35 miles northwest of Traverse City -- Shanty Creek is the area’s premier winter resort with Schuss Mountain and Summit Mountain offering two distinct skiing experiences. Sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also cold weather staples at Shanty Creek, while family movie nights, game nights, and kid-friendly ski lessons add to the lineup of winter fun.
Winter visitors can take advantage of off-season specials at Traverse City-area lodging properties. The Traverse City Fab Fall special runs from just after Labor Day Weekend through mid-December each year, while the Traverse City True Escape special runs from early January through mid-May.