Summer has barely started in the Heartland, but a trio of ski resorts already has projects underway to enhance skiing and riding conditions next winter. There are also some new summer offerings.
Shanty Creek is embarking on an expansion project to improve ski operations and dining options and adding event and meeting space. Some 20,000 square feet of new space at the resort’s Cedar River Lodge is being transformed into new rental operations, ski school headquarters, new bistro restaurant, expanded daycare. A new beginner ski area also is being added. Space at Schuss Mountain, on the other side of the ski hill that formerly housed some of those operations, is being transformed into an improved day lodge for guests.
Shanty is now offering FootGolf on their Summit Golf Course for the first time this summer. The game combines soccer and golf, and uses soccer balls on a traditional golf course with 21-inch diameter cups. Rules largely correspond to the rules of golf, which makes it possible for groups to play both traditional golf and FootGolf at the same time. It’s the only resort in the Wolverine State offering the relatively new game that is gaining popularity in Europe.
Missouri’s Hidden Valley is adding a new double chairlift in its beginner area for next winter, which will allow beginners to experience riding a chairlift before moving over to advanced terrain. It will also increase uphill capacity and offer easier access to all novice terrain. The resort is also adding a rope tow in the Badland Terrain Park, which will allow those using the park to stay in the park with quicker uphill capacity.
Mt. Holiday, located near Traverse City, will be making several improvements over the summer. The ski area will be offering a new glade run and mogul slope next winter as well as adding additional features in the terrain park. They are also adding a Zipline Challenger Course, which will be available all year long. Holiday’s day lodge now remains open Tuesday through Saturday nights offering dinner and libations. A walk to the top of the ski hill offers jaw-dropping views of Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay and Old Mission Peninsula.
Photo: Hidden Valley is adding a new double chairlift this summer (Hidden Valley)