- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 0
Pros: They do not groom all the runs, endless gladed terrain, huge terrain park
Cons: If you need to sleep somewhere you have to go to Petoskey
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Apr 1, 2009
Well now I return to review Nubs Nob once again as the season has ended for them. I also found the poster who put all of 3 sentences up and gave Nubs Nob only 2 stars to be extremely disrespectful. Back your statements up with reasoning.
I have visited Caberfae, Boyne Mtn / Highlands, Shanty Creek (Schuss / Summit), Cannonsburg, Timber Ridge, Bittersweet, and Crystal Mountain.
Lift capacity - Nubs Nob wins. They have lifts EVERYWHERE. They let you ski under the lifts and they leave this area, among others totally ungroomed. On powder days these are a blast. Not many places have been able to offer the minimal wait time combined with convenient access (aka no cross country skiing to your lift).
Terrain park - No one maintains a superpipe in the L.P as well as Nubs Nob. The terrain park has 2 lifts if you include the superpipe lift. They have endless boxes, rails, and a few jumps. The only thing they could use more are more jumps with big air in mind. They keep their features maintained pretty good as well.
Downhill - The terrain is varied. They have the largest amount of gladed skiing in the L.P, and they only rope off areas they do not own it seems. They have extremely long easy runs. A lot of the blue hills are extremely wide so if you need some space to play, they have it. The blacks are what you would expect in a black, and they offer some of the most vertical rise you can find. Boyne Highlands has nothing on Nubs Nob in terms of difficulty, and the same for Boyne Mountain if you ask me. Lets also not forget Nubs Nob's arsenal of snow making equipment. They changed the game for snow making. If they are open, they have snow...everywhere. Fake snow sucks usually, but Nubs Nob has some of the best fake snow. Go read the ski magazines and see them report on Nubs Nob and its superior snow making abilities. Their own patented guns...260+ in all. They could use more moguls (how many areas do you need for moguls though, Crystal Mountain?) I guess. Another fun thing about Nubs is the land is shaped just perfect so you are hardly ever cross country skiing to your runs / lifts.
Nubs Nob sells you one thing, snow. Not a hotel room, not this apres' ski spend all your money at the resort game. You want to ski / snowboard, you want Nubs Nob.
After traveling the state....I like to make the most of my time spent. If someone has a better ski area, please suggest it. But as it stands in the L.P Nubs Nob wins. Petoskey is great, and you can stay / dine for much cheaper than any resort will be.
Oh yeah, heres another big bonus. Tired of skiing and want to sit in a lodge and watch your family ski? Nubs Nob has a lodge looking directly at the hill. A couple family members of mine like to sit in a lodge from time to time, and Nubs Nob has the most down to earth lodge...with the best views of the hills. Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Caberfae, not so much. They have lodges, but the lay of the land prohibits you from really relaxing and watching people ski.
I wish all snow areas took skiing as seriously as Nubs....the world would be a better place.