Northeast of Traverse City near Bellaire, the Shanty Creek cross country ski area has 30 kilometers of hill and dale to skate and glide. The trails are groomed and gorgeous winding through evergreen forests and snow-laden hardwoods straight from a storybook. Stop for a picnic beside a swift-flowing creek or take a sunset sojourn across the orchards. Searching for a break from the stress of the work week? Try the White Pine Stampede race trail with its stretching, bending terrain, ideal for short strides and long glides.
Overall, Shanty Creek is the 29th most popular cross country ski area of all 49 Nordic ski destinations in Michigan.