If you’re looking for a little fun with your snow sports in March, check out Michigan’s Shanty Creek. Fun events are scheduled every weekend through mid-March and affordable lift and lodging packages are available.
Weekend packages start from $148 per adult, per night, based on double occupancy. Packages include lodging, full-day lift tickets, cross-country skiing and breakfast. Children eight and under ski, stay and eat free when lodging with parents. Midweek lift and lodging packages start from $102.
March is that transition period between winter and spring. There can still be five feet of snow on the slopes. Pair that with longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, and it’s often some of the best skiing and riding of the season.
If your name is Brad, than make sure you visit Shanty Creek on Wednesday, Feb. 29. It only comes around every four years, and—nobody knows why—skiing is free that day for you along with other special treats. It’s a long tradition that has remained cloaked in mystery. Just be glad your name is Brad, and have your ID with you.
On Saturday, March 3, the resort’s most-popular winter event returns, the celebrated Slush Cup and Mardi Gras. Hundreds of spectators will line up to watch skiers and riders try to make it across a 40-foot pond filled with icy waist-deep water. A frozen fish toss, shovel races, seal slide and silly slalom are just some the fun, wacky events that will also be taking place. It’s the way Michiganders cope with March.
The popular Cardboard Classic returns Saturday, March 10. Utilizing only cardboard, glue and tape for their sleds, contestants race down the slopes of Schuss Mountain. It can get pretty crazy, according to Shanty Spokesperson Lindsay Southwell.
“Some years we see pirate ships," Southwell said. "Last year a team made a beer-pong table out of cardboard and rode it down the hill. I don’t think they were feeling any pain.”