[R301R, Nub's Nob] has dismantled its award winning Superpipe, which was ranked among the top five pipes in the East last season, according to Transworld Snowboarding magazine.

What happened?

"As with a lot of ski resorts around the country, our award winning Superpipe was the least used piece of real estate at our area," surmised Nubs' longtime General Manager Jim Bartlett.  "I hate to see a ski slope being unused.  So we reshaped the walls and built a new slope this past summer, especially for aspiring ski racers."

The new Race Arena slope will give them a very desirable training tool.  It follows a similar training tool utilized at Minnesota's Buck Hill, which helped launch successful Olympians like Lindsey Vonn and Kristina Koznic.

"We replaced the old handle tow with a fast rope tow, which means racers build strength on their way up the hill while increasing the number of runs through the gates in any given training session," Bartlett enthused.  "Our new snowmaking layout guarantees that this will be one of the first slopes we open, and it also means early season access to the Arena Glades."

Nubs will expand their terrain park this season, and the halfpipe gets a big facelift.  The halfpipe gets longer and the wall height is being raised from nine to 12 feet.  Several new and unique jibs and boxes will be added in the Rail Yard, and a new jump area debuts on the lower left side of Smooth Sailing. 

They also expanded the snowmaking system.  Eight new snowguns were added to the arsenal this summer brining the total gun count to 270.  Just look for a mini-blizzard developing above Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay sometime in November.  It will be the Nub's Nob snowmaking crew getting the season underway.

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