Shanty Creek – Bellaire

Shanty Creek is still operating under that name. However, they have combined the operation of the old Shanty Creek area with the nearby area formerly known as Schuss Mountain under the Shanty Creek name. The old Shanty Creek slopes are referred to as Summit Mountain while the Schuss Mountain slopes have sort of retained their name as Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek. I get the impression that the Summit area is run as an overflow area and for larger school groups (perhaps because they have larger hotel accommodations.)

Shanty Creek was developed by 1n 1962 by local investors with a Hilton franchise for the lodge as a verrrry high end, ritzy area. In 1985, Clubcorp purchased Shanty Creek and nearby Schuss Mountain and combined operations under the Shanty Creek name.

Shanty Creek Patch from Bernie Riehl

In 1962 Sports Illustrated reported on Shanty Creek,Bellaire: New area; with a 900′ Heron-single chair lift with a 277′ rise, plus T bar; six trails. Lodge located at top of hill with 108 rooms, dining room, lounge, ski shop with rentals; heated pool; natural ice rink. Also on the property are an 18-hole golf course and an airport with 5,000-foot runway.

In 1963, Sports Illustrated noted: Shanty Creek, Bellaire: Contrary to its name, this $2.5 million establishment has become one of the state’s classiest areas and for the first time will be open for the full season. It offers a 3,800-foot chair lift, T bar, two Poma platters and two rope tows. There are 10 slopes and trails. Other facilities include a 91-room lodge, a restaurant and cafeteria, a ski shop with rentals, a heated pool, a natural ice rink and parking for 3,000 cars. There is also an 18-hole golf course under construction and an airport two miles away.

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