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500 Nub’s Nob Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Voted #1 Day Ski Resort by Ski Magazine 11 years in a row
Looking for the best winter resort in the Midwest?
You’ve found it. Now in our 49th season, Nub’s Nob is ready to treat you and your family and friends to a season of excitement and quality winter fun.
What makes Nub’s Nob so special? Is it the friendly staff eager to make your visit memorable? Is it the best snow groomed by the finest equipment and crew found in the Midwest? How about the tasty soups that warm you between runs? Along with creating great memories, we want Nub’s Nob to be your "home away from home" when you visit.
The bottom line is that at Nub’s Nob, we concentrate on your skiing and snowboarding. For 3 straight years, the readers of SKI Magazine voted Nub’s Nob the number one resort in the Midwest. Why? They know we offer the best grooming, the top snowmaking crew and system in the Midwest, fresh homemade food everybody loves, an unequaled variety of slopes and trails with a lift system for every ability and age, and a smile. From the moment we greet you until you’ve headed back home, there’s always a friendly Nub’s Nob face to make your day on the “Midwest’s Best Snow” one you’ll never forget.
Some of the new things this year at Nub’s Nob include:
- Two new expert-only gladed tree skiing areas with "hike in only" access featuring natural terrain and Mother Nature’s finest snow
- Whitefish Run on Pintail Peak has been widened with a new permanent line of snowguns on the north side, allowing this area to open earlier and opening up more of the stunning views of Little Traverse Bay.
Now in its 3rd year, Michigan’s first Superpipe will thrill snowboarders and freeriders in our ever-growing terrain park. More snow and top quality rentals ensure a long season of fun!
So whether you enjoyed opening day 49 snowy years ago or are making your first visit to Nub’s Nob, we’re here for you. "First Class and Friendly Skiing and Snowboarding" isn’t just a slogan; it’s our way of life. We’ll see you this season on the "Midwest’s Best Snow" at Nub’s Nob.
Accolades for Nub’s:
"Nub’s Nob has a fanatical passion for making and grooming snow and the attitude that everyone should be treated like a local." - Ski Magazine
For 11 years in a row, Nub’s Nob was voted the number one day ski resort by the readers of SKI Magazine. Other distinctions include:
- The only Midwest resort ever to capture 2 gold medals as one of North America’s top resorts in grooming and family value
- Recognition in magazines as the best Midwestern area in grooming, family, snowmaking, lifts, service, food, and value (with special emphasis on “honest” snow reporting and "superb" cafeteria).
- The only Midwest resort to have ranked in the top 10 resorts in North America in any category. Nub’s ranked 6th best in grooming against every resort in the U.S. and Canada.
- And again for 2005, The Detroit News ranked us as Michigan’s Best ski resort
To all our skiers and snowboarders, thanks for making us your number one choice, year after year!
Midwest’s Best Snow
Let’s face it. We have a reputation to uphold and our snow crew loves the challenge! Nub’s Nob is still the ONLY Midwest resort EVER rated in the top 10 in North America for grooming. All of the "Midwest’s Best Snow" is carefully groomed by our fleet of Pisten Bully grooming machines manned by the most decorated and experienced staff in the Midwest. This year, 242 patented Nub’s Nob snow guns will be running, guaranteeing as long a season as Mother Nature allows.
"Our family has grown to prefer Nub’s above all other resorts. From getting on the lifts to signing up for the NASTAR races, staffers go the extra mile for skiers." - Sarah Post, Bloomfield Hills
Free Beginner Area
Enjoy America’s original FREE beginner learning area with its own easy-to-use FREE chairlift. Nub’s Nob pioneered the FREE beginner area as a way for everyone to enjoy our winter wonderland. All you need is equipment and the Big Time beginners area is FREE every single day and night that Nub’s Nob is open.
Nub’s Nob recreational racers love our weekly NASTAR races and Labatt ski and snowboard racing leagues. As one of the top NASTAR races sites in Michigan, Nub’s Nob lets you see how you stack up against the U.S. Ski Team, giving you a chance for national honors!
We love ski and snowboard competition at Nub’s Nob. Our USSA team creates top junior racers who compete across the country. For decades, local high school state champions have trained annually at Nub’s Nob. Veteran competitors race in the high speed Marker/Tecnica/Volkl Speed Series while snowboarders catch big air in our Friday Night Fights and Middle Earth Snowboard series.
Already hailed by Snowboard Life and SKI Magazine as "the best pipe and park in Michigan," Nub’s Nob remains the first Michigan resort with a Magician pipe shaper on its own groomer with its very own grooming crew! Whether you ride our top-to-bottom terrain park and our second intermediate halfpipe from the Red quad chair or slide up the handle tow in the Superpipe Arena, no one has the "Greatest Hits" like we do at Nub’s Nob.
Nub’s Cubs Daycare
Kids too young to ski or ride? Don’t worry. The Nub’s Cubs Daycare staff are here just for you. From hours of imaginative fun to that all-important naptime, your children will cuddle in with long-time Nub’s caregiver Vicky Van Slembrouck and her staff. Nub’s Nob parents often tell us they wish they could take the Nub’s Cub Daycare home with them, their kids loved it so much!
The Nub’s Cub Daycare is conveniently located just off the parking lot slopeside at the north end of our Guest Services building. Hours are daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm and advance reservations are requested.
Winter Sport Schools
Available for everyone, Winter Sport Schools offer personalized lessons and coaching opportunities to help you improve your skiing and snowboarding fun. Start, improve, increase control, ski, and ride steeper slopes or head into the terrain park for the first time. A friendly instructor creates a lesson tailored to your ability. Individual attention and improvement are the hallmarks of our award-winning staff.
Start you youngster with the best: a private lesson with one of our children’s specialists. It is the best way to turn them on to the sport of a lifetime. Tens of thousands of beginners have learned to turn, stop, and ride chairlifts daily and nightly with The Winter Sport Schools. Ladies love our Women’s Way programs, champions start in our junior Ski and Snowboard Academies, and our private lessons are the best you can find. Please call ahead for information and reservations.
Nutritious and Delicious
We know that good food fuels good skiing and every year we bring in new and healthy choices. Do some people come to Nub’s Nob just to eat in our cafeteria? Yes! Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’ll discover why our desserts, soups, and sandwiches are legendary.
Wireless Internet Access
For those of you who can’t spend all day on the slopes and need to access the internet, you can now do so anywhere in the main lodge building at no charge. Our wireless network is available anytime we are open as long as your laptop has wireless connectivity. Simply select the Nub’s Nob Network through your wireless software and you are connected.
The Best Rental Gear
Our updated rental gear makes all the difference in your skiing. We keep them tuned and in great shape so all you have to do is enjoy the snow. Rent from Nub’s Nob and you’ll feel the difference.
Tech and Demo Center
For 8 seasons, the Nub’s Nob Technology and Demo Center has been the home of America’s first fully automated ski tuning machine, the Wintersteigher 3C. Our trained technicians can tune your skis and snowboards better than factory new anytime you ski or ride at Nub’s. The Tech and Demo Center also has the only ski test center in the Midwest where you can test the latest models, then return home to your local ski shop knowing exactly which skis to buy! Our expert staff will help you choose which skis to test on the “Midwest’s Best Snow.” You step through the door located slopeside to the Green lift and voila, it’s a ski buyers dream. Perfectly tuned new skis on freshly groomed award-winning snow!
The Tech and Demo Center is also a full service shop for all your ski and snowboard needs. Bring all your gear to Nub’s Nob and we’ll treat it like it’s our own. You’ll feel the difference.
New and Expanded Slopes
Now even more of the great terrain you’ve come to love at Nub’s Nob. For our 49th season, we’ve added 2 new expert-only gladed slopes. Looking for a new challenge this year? Come give ‘em a try!
Check www.nubsnob.com for current photos and snow conditions
Skier/Snowboarder Responsibility Code
- Stay in control
- People ahead have the right of way
- Stop in a safe place for you and others
- When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
- Use devices to prevent runaway equipment
- Observe signs and warnings and keep off closed trails
- Know how to use the lifts safely
Please note: Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Nub’s Nob is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another ski area. Our trail marking system is a relative system that is valid only at Nub’s Nob. Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easiest trail no matter what your ability level may be, until you are familiar with the trails at the area.
Your Responsibility Code: Nub’s Nob is committed to promoting slope safety. In addition to those using traditional alpine ski equipment, others on the slopes include snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe You Responsibility Code listed right and share with others on the slopes the responsibility for a great snowsports experience.
Freestyle Terrain Areas
Freestyle Terrain Areas are designated with an orange oval and may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the Nub’s Nob Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not allowed. You assume the risk.
Freestyle Terrain has designations for size. Start small and work your way up. Designations are relative to Nub’s Nob. -Small features - Medium Features - Larger Features
Look before you leap - You are responsible for inspecting Freestyle Terrain before initial use and throughout the day. The features vary in size and change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming, and time of day. Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary.
Easy Style It - Always ride or ski in control and within your ability level. Do not attempt Freestyle Terrain unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. You control the degree of difficulty you will encounter in using Freestyle Terrain, both on the ground and in the air.
Respect Gets Respect - Respect Freestyle Terrain and others. Only one person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and do not enter Freestyle Terrain or use features when closed.
Most Dependable Route in the Snow: Take I-75 to Indian River Exit 310. From exit ramp, take M-68 west about 11 miles to US 31 in Alanson. Go south on US 31 to Conway, turning right at blinker. At M-119, turn right and watch for Nub’s Nob sign at stoplight and turn right on Pleasantview Road. Nub’s Nob is about 3 miles on right.