Rats, I just wrote a long review and when I tried to go back and edit it, it disappeared. Well, here is a shorter version.
We stayed at the Summit part of the Shanty Creek resort over MLK weekend. It was a weekend of memorable family fun.
The rooms are larger versions of well-maintained motel rooms. Our second room (we asked to be switched to get a better view) had a micro, mini-fridge, coffeemaker and cupboard full of kitchen equipment. It was very clean and the beds were okay, but don't expect your "heavenly beds." One side has a view of the parking lot and building, the other has a beautiful view of the lake and hills. Schuss and Cedar River looked more upscale. Our room met our expectations and we were satisfied once we got the good view.
You might want to skip the restaurant at Summit. Overpriced, dour staff, and the food is not good. After two tries at the restaurant, we drove to downtown Bellaire (2 min down the street ) and ate our meals at Tooney's (cozy diner, excellent breakfast) and Lulu's (more sophisticated, scrumptious fondu extravaganza that set us back about $100 for 4 of us). The hotel has some movies available "on demand," but we rented a movie at the video store in Bellaire and watched it on our laptop.
The skiing experience was the prime attraction. Excellent staff at the hill, excellent instructor, excellent equipment available to rent. The bunny hill was just right in terms of challenge. (The bunny hill is out of sight from the parking lot by the main chairlift. You will not be trying to ski on those big hills by the chairlift until you feel ready!) To the great relief of our kids, teens were separate from toddlers so no awkwardness there, altho occasionally a student from one group would plow into someone in the other group. Everyone was good-natured and having fun. We also had a great time tubing and having a snow fight!
Bring your bathing suit if you want to swim at Schuss. There were crazy people running around in the snow by the steaming outdoor pool Looked like they were having a good time.
To summarize, the scenery was pretty, it was a very comfortable environment for first-timers, the kids learned to ski, and downtown Bellaire had its charms. We had a great time and made a lot of good memories at this resort!
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