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Insider’s Guide To Nub's Nob


Overlooking Nub's Nob slopes. (Nub's Nob)

Nub's Nob, known throughout the Midwest for meticulous grooming and snow conditions, is actually a pair of 427-foot peaks that encompasses 53 trails and numerous glades scattered over 248 skiable acres. It’s an array of imposing steep, western-like slopes in front, narrow intermediate runs with a New England feel on the southwest side, and open bowls on the north side. Pintail Peak with its stunning overlook of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay is a separate outback experience. They routinely stay open through early April.


A trio of groomers getting slopes ready for a day of skiing. (Nub's Nob)

Trails. The front side boasts killer steeps such as Chute and Scarface, augmented with the double-black Powerline Glade. Nub's North offer wide-open bowls, as well as a terrain park. Novices and intermediates will feel like they're back East on Nub's South, where narrow trails slither through hardwoods. And Pintail Peak, a separate mountain, has 12 trails that boast an "outback" experience. Seven glades stretch across the front side, south side and Pintail Peak. One of their upper glade slopes can be accessed only by hiking up; just like out west. It’s one my favorite glade runs. Because of having to hike up, you frequently have it to yourself. The purple chairlift is free daily for beginners use anytime.    

A skier deep in a powdery glade. (Nub's Nob/Facebook)

Lodging. Nub's is a ski area only, but as much as it‘s all about the skiing, you won't be stranded without lodging and nice restaurants, which can be found in nearby popular tourist destinations Harbor Springs and Petoskey. There’s a variety of condo developments within just a few minutes of the ski area that offer lodging packages, some are ski-in/ski-out. Others offer transportation to and from the ski area. In Petoskey you will find inns established in the late 1800s overlooking Lake Michigan.

Friends enjoy a spring day at Nub's Nob. (Nub's Nob/Facebook)

Eat. The Nub's Nob cafeteria offers a variety of good homemade soups, sandwiches, baked goods and pizzas. The Winter Garden is a great spot to enjoy a hamburger off the grill and sun on those beautiful late winter days. City Park Grill is housed in one of Petoskey’s oldest buildings and was frequented by Ernest Hemingway. Today it’s known for steak, lake fish, famous hot biscuits, fine wine and Hemingway memorabilia. Vernales in Harbor Springs is one of Michigan’s top steakhouses. And, for a true roadhouse experience visit Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse in Harbor Springs, great steaks and Great Lakes fresh fish.

 Kicking up some

Deals. Through the Petoskey Area CVB spring ski and lodging packages you can find one night lodging packages including two 1-day lift vouchers for Nub’s Nob and continental breakfast starting from $109.


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