Improvements At Michigan’s Lower Peninsula Areas; Shanty Creek, Treetops, Caberfae
Three ski resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula—Shanty Creek, Treetops and Caberfae Peaks— have been busy making improvements for the coming winter season. Look for more snowmaking capability, lodge renovations, upgraded rental equipment and cross country improvements.
Shanty Creek, overlooking Lake Bellaire, last season made major improvements to its Cedar River Lodge, including a new ski school center, rental center and beginner ski area. They continue to improve and refine the beginner ski area on Schuss Mountain’s north slopes with a new warming area and restrooms. Offset from the main area it offers a large beginner area for lessons.
A new transportation system from the Cedar River Lodge to the beginner area will be in place. A full line of high-performance Volkl, Nordica and K2 rental equipment has been added to the rental center.
With a nod to the 40th anniversary of the point-to-point White Pine Stampede Nordic races, which have always finished at Shanty Creek, the resort is upgrading its trail grooming with a new state-of-the-art Tidd Tech Groomer, and new Nordic Center located near the Pinecone trailhead in Schuss Villlage. The Stampede, which starts in the village of Mancelona, is one of the state’s largest Nordic events.
Treetops, near Gaylord, plans to offer more Skiable Feast and sleigh ride dinners held at the resort’s Project Nature property along the scenic Pigeon River during winter months, as well as expand cross country skiing opportunities. The new dining opportunities were held in limited numbers last winter and proved quite popular with guests as did the limited cross country skiing trails that lead to view points in the surrounding hills of Project Nature.
Caberfae Peaks, west of Cadillac on one of the higher elevations in the LP, added new snowmaking towers on both North and South Peak, and new Rossignol and Head ski and snowboard equipment to their rental shop. Improvements were also made to the façade of Blackmar Lodge, northern Michigan’s largest day lodge. It features cathedral ceilings with exposed timber construction and a two-story stone fireplace. The lower level, which is reserved for picnicking day-trippers, has been improved with more storage units, electrical outlets and seating space. This season skis and snowboards stay outside, no longer allowed inside.
Photos: Top -- Treetops Resort plans to offer a Skiable Feast this winter (Treetops/Facebook); Right -- Shanty Creek adds to Schuss Mountain slopes with warming area and restrooms (Mike Terrell); Bottom: Caberfae Peaks improves Blackmar Lodge (Caberfae)