Few activities showcase the beauty of northern Michigan quite like cross country skiing. Shanty Creek’s 28km of groomed, track-set trails crisscross the three villages of the resort to create a “village-to-village” experience whose benefits include staying warm in winter, a heart-healthy cardio workout, and a beautiful setting.
If Nordic skiing isn’t your thing, there is a 3km groomed multi-purpose trail at Schuss Village designated for fat tire biking and snowshoeing. This trail helps ensure skiers and bikers avoid accidents and unforeseen trail damage.
Nordic Skiing: What's New in 2018/19
The Nordic Center is now located in Schuss Village along the Pine Cone trail.
• Current trail conditions. 231-533-3000;3300
• Ski package and snowshoe rentals
• Private lessons available
• Wednesdays-Saturdays 9am-5pm
• Sundays 9am-4pm; closed Mon + Tues
Details for cross-country ski lessons:
- Recommend 48 hours notice to schedule a lesson.
- Cancellations must be 24 hours in advance for a refund.
- Requests for a specific instructor at least 3 days in advance.
Trail Passes + Rentals
|Adult (13 +)||$10|
|Child (12 + Under)||$5|
|Equipment Rentals||Adult (13+)||Child (12 + Under)|
|XC Classic Package||$15||$10|
|XC Skating Package||$15||n/a|
Nordic Season Passes
King of The Hill
What happens if there isn't enough natural snow for Nordic trails? We have an answer and it's called the "King of the Hill." This trail outlines the circumference of Schuss Mountain and allows our snowmaking system to ensure a trail for skate skiers and snowshoes to climb and descend Schuss.
This trail is named for the event that takes place on the trail each year on the first Sunday of February, The King of The Hill Challenge.
King of The Hills is an uphill/downhill race where participants may choose any non-motorized, non-wheeled winter gear to travel both uphill and downhill sections of the course via snowshoes, alpine, cross country, telemark or randonee skis.
White Pine Stampede
Michigan's oldest and longest point-to-point cross country race takes place the first Saturday of February, and draws Nordic enthusiasts from all over the Midwest.
The starting gun fires at Mancelona High School with racers competing in 10km, 20km, and 45km distances which finish at Shanty Creek Resort.
Afterwards, cheers and good times are shared in The Lakeview's Grand Ballroom with a banquet sponsored by Short's Brewing Company.