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Nub's Nob, Harbor Springs

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
Nub's Nob is a ski area located in the township of Pleasantview near Harbor Springs, Michigan. Opened by Norman and Dorie Sarns in 1958 as a small ski hill, it has sprawled out to a fairly large resort with eleven lifts. It gets its name from the nickname of founder Norman "Nubby" Sarns.HistoryIn the mid-1950s Norman and Dorie Sarns, residents of Cross Village on the coast of Lake Michigan, built a small ski hill to entertain their friends and family. Finding the snow that close to the lake unreliable, they looked for another location further inland and found the present location about 5 miles north of Little Traverse Bay. The resort opened in 1958 with three trails and one 65-seat chairlift.By 1977, the resort had expanded to 14 trails serviced by 4 chairlifts. That year Dorie Sarns sold the resort to the present owners, The Pleasantview Ski Corporation (Walter and Alfred Fisher). The new owners further expanded the resort, opening Nubs South in 1979, and started work designing the Nub's Nob snowmaking gun which was patented in 1985. By 1981 there were 21 trails and 5 chairlifts.The resort began clearing glades and opening them up to skiing, beginning with the Southern Comfort Glade which opened in 1995. Pintail Peak, about 1/2 mile south of the main hill, opened for skiing in 1997 adding 12 trails and a quad chairlift. A second chairlift was added to Pintail Peak in 2008.Winter activitiesThe area offers cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. Snowshoeing, ice skating, snow tubing, and snowmobiling are available nearby.
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  • Pretty place! Not much going on this time of year we thought there were lifts open to see fall colors as we saw in the paper but none were open and the place looked deserted 
  • This hill is a little more challenging but we seemed to manage. The slopes were very icy the night we were there. The entire staff was very friendly. Can't wait for our next trip next season!! 
  • We have been skiing in Michigan for over four decades and have never encountered snow making and grooming at the same level of expertise as we found at Nub's this past Saturday. The runs were in great...  read more »
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