Category Archives: Shanty Creek

Snocross: The Craziest Way to Ride a Snowmobile. Ever.

By MIKE NORTON I was thinking of titling this post, “Kids, Don’t Try This at Home. Not Ever.” Thanks to its climate, Northern Michigan gets more than its share of snowmobile races — and if you’ve never been to one, … Continue reading

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Snow Tubing: Lots of Fun, No Training Required

  By MIKE NORTON Some winter sports require skill. A lot of skill. Others require impressive reservoirs of strength and endurance. But let’s face it: there are times when you want to go outside in the middle of winter and … Continue reading

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Lake-Effect Weather: Good News for Two Great Local Ski Races!

By MIKE NORTON It looks as though an extended period of cold weather has finally arrived here in Traverse City. We woke up this morning to a fine mistlike snow, the kind that comes when temperatures get down to the … Continue reading

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Snowshoes and Chili: a Two-Pronged Strategy for Winter Fun!

By MIKE NORTON Everybody loves the first Christmas-card-pretty snowfall of winter. Maybe even the entire first month of winter. But after a few weeks, opinions begin to diverge sharply among those of us who live in the northern regions. Some … Continue reading

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Midwesterners and Weather, Free Skiing on Christmas, and a Chance to Do Something Good

By MIKE NORTON Finally, some real snow! I took a long walk along the escarpment above the Mission Point Lighthouse on Sunday afternoon, strolling through the cozy hemlock forest as the snow fell gently around me. It was a profoundly … Continue reading

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Making Golf More Attractive to a New Generation

By MIKE NORTON I’m not a golfer. Just never could figure out the appeal of the game. On the other hand, I’ve always loved golf courses. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed wandering around on them (no doubt … Continue reading

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Happy Brad Day! (Ready to Ski Across a Pond of Slush?)

Good form at the Shanty Creek Slush Cup By MIKE NORTON Well, you can’t say that we haven’t had a winter. Every now and then, anyway. One day you get a blizzard and outrageous tear-your-face-off winds. The next day the … Continue reading

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