[R355R, Shanty Creek], with its three villages and two ski hills, offers a very European-like setting, which is a perfect setting for celebrating the holidays.  The villages are all connected by trail systems and serviced by a very reliable transportation system.  It's easy to get around and enjoy a great variety of terrain and scenery.  The Summit Lodge, recently renovated, overlooks Lake Bellaire and the village of Mancelona.

Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. in the Lakeview Restaurant starting this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 19.  Bring a non-perishable food item - one per person - and receive $1 off each breakfast.  It's free skiing and riding with Santa Christmas Day at Schuss Mountain from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, Dec. 30, is a ski and snowboard demo day, and on Thursday, Dec. 31, there will be free skiing and riding on the Summit Slopes from 5-11 p.m. and fireworks.  A torchlight parade takes place on the Schuss Mountain slopes at 10:30 p.m.  There are two New Year's Eve parties to choose from: a family celebration at the Summit or an adult dance party at Ivan's in Schuss Village with live music, libations and party favors. 

Shanty is offering affordable lift and lodging packages during the holidays.  All packages, which start from $135.55 per person, per night, require a three-night minimum stay.

The Holiday Ski Package includes nightly lodging and  lift tickets for each person.  The Holiday Ski & Dine Package includes lodging, lifts and meals.  The children's package does not include meals.  Both packages include complimentary skiing and riding the night of arrival. 

 The Holiday Cross-Country Package includes lodging, daily cross-country passes and lunch. 

Check them out online through the link below where you can also book a reservation.

More information.  Or call 800-678-4111.