Nubs Nob

Nubs Nob is nestled at the very tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula in the scenic community of Harbor Springs. Just minutes from the Lake Michigan shoreline, this ski area receives a hearty dose of annual snowfall. If the lake-effect snow isn't falling, the resort can fire up its patented snowmaking gear to make sure the slopes are primed for fun-the 262 snow guns can handle 5,000 gallons every minute.

With 248 skiable acres and an uphill capacity of 17,320 skiers every hour, the Nubs Nob Ski Area is one of the biggest in the entire state. Its 53 ski runs, with a respectable vertical drop of 427 feet, include 10 rated for experts and 8 rated most difficult. Intermediate-level skiers will find 20 trails designated more difficult, while the beginners will gravitate towards any of the 15 easiest runs. If you're looking for even more Michigan skiing options, the slopes of Boyne Mountain, another favorite ski resort, are just minutes away.

Downhill skiing is just one option at the Nubs Nob Ski Area. A system of carefully groomed Nordic trails wind through the property. The same crew that carefully maintains the downhill slopes takes care of the trails, making sure that the trails are ready for cross-country skiing and snowboarding, whatever the winter weather brings. One mile of the trails are lit after dark, when the downhill skiers are enjoying night skiing. Snowboarders make a beeline to one of the two terrain parks. Lessons are available for those who want to strengthen their skills or for those who want to get started and don't know a half pipe from a rail.

Along its ski runs and terrain parks, the Nubs Nob Ski Area is home to an award-winning day lodge, which has seen a lot of expansions in recent years. Along with a rental shop and locker rooms, the Nubs Nob lodge offers a large cafeteria that opens for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The winter garden is a fantastic place to spend some time on a sunny winter day, which does happen. The entire lodge is equipped with wireless Internet access, and it's toasty warm inside to get a break from the weather. There's also space for equipment demonstrations and special events at this day lodge.

If you're wondering when to go, Nubs Nob is typically open between November and March, depending on year. During the season, a variety of Nubs Nob ski packages are available. Some of the best values are available with the four-hour lift tickets, that are available seven days a week, as are half-day passes and group rates.

Other Nubs Nob ski packages are offered for a weekend's worth of Michigan skiing or several days during the week. When kids between 8 and 12 are visiting with their parents during the week, their tickets cost less than seeing a movie. On weekends and holidays, kids' tickets cost a little more, but they're still a great price. Younger skiers always have the same rate, as long as their visit with a parent or guardian also planning on skiing at the Nubs Nob resort. On the other end of the spectrum, anyone over the age of 70 can ski for free, while adventurous seniors between 65 and 69 receive great discounts.

Many of the local lodging properties offer stay-and-ski packages. No matter what you're budget, you could find a motel, bed and breakfast, or resort that offers Nubs Nob ski packages to suit your vacation plans. Several of the properties are just minutes away from the slopes in the town of Harbor Springs, while others are easy to access in nearby communities like Petoskey and Walloon Lake. You'll also find welcoming restaurants, charming shops, and plenty of access to Lake Michigan within a close drive of the Nubs Nob resort,

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