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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Trout Creek Condominium Resort



Offering one to five bedroom condominiums.  Some with complimentary Internet and long distance.  Amenities include pools, hot tubs, fitness center and more. 

Extra person charges may apply


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Boyne Highlands Resort


Offers hotel rooms and condominiums with a pool, sauna and exercise room. 


Extra person charges may apply

$113 and up 

Best Western Harbor Springs


Convenient location offering standard guest rooms and two room suites with complimentary breakfast, indoor heated pool, hot tub and fitness center.   

Extra person charges may apply

$75 and up 




Stafford’s Pier Restaurant 


Teddy Griffin's Roadhouse


Kilborn's Fish Restaurant located at 2983 S. State Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740; (231) 526-3969



Free skiing and snowboarding 

  • New Race Arena replaces the Superpipe
  • Expanded Terrain Park
  • More Snowmaking Power
  • Another New Pisten Bully Snow Grooming Machine
  • Expanded season pass choices


2013-2014 Rental Equipment Rates

2013-2014 Lesson Rates




Nub's Nob

Nub's Nob, featuring "the Midwest's best snow", is an excellent family ski area and a perfect panacea when you need a snow-fix. Generations of midwest families have taken their first runs at Nub's Nob and its reputation as a fun, friendly mountain keeps people coming back year after year. The mountain is simple, with a maximum elevation of 1338' and a vertical drop of 427' but the terrain is significantly varied, offering every skill level a number of choices among its 41 trails. With 100% snowmaking, Nub's Nob offers consistent conditions throughout the year and 11 lifts keep the lines short. The lights are turned on five nights a week as well. With its emphasis on being a family mountain, it comes as no surprise that Nub's Nob has an excellent ski and snowboard school. First timers can even learn to ski for FREE while the really little ones can pass the day at Nub's Cubs Childcare Center.

Snow making percent100
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad3
Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity17,320/hr.
Trails-5-Terrain park1
General-Base elevation911'
General-Vertical drop427'
General-OwnerWalter & Alfred Fisher
General-Total area in bounds248 acres
General-Snow making coverage248 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Staff Friendly, No lift lines

Cons: Depending on where your going and conditions some minimal skating is required to get around

Overall wow.... I know this doesn't happen everyday but Sunday morning I was on the 5th chair up with 8" of freshly fallen POW. It was MLK weekend and the lines were minimal, I was skiing solo and I believe I only had to share a ride on the lift 3 times. Great layout and lifts will get you almost anywhere you want to go. Crowd and staff were extremely friendly and helpful.


There are a couple green runs that are used to move around to different lifts, if you don't tuck or conditions are not ideal, you may end up skating to get to Pintail or the South lifts. If you are not Brown sacking it eat lunch early or wait until mid afternoon, as the lodge and cafe can get packed quickly, Food was decent, the prices reasonable.


Pros: first rate snowmaking and grooming, well maintained lifts, lots of glades, rarely feels crowded

Cons: Like every resort within 700 miles of it, lacking in vertical

Nubs has world class snowmaking and grooming.  I've been to other resorts that are known for their grooming (Deer Valley, Park City, Beaver Creek, Vail, Bretton Woods etc.) and Nubs has consistently the best groomed snow of anywhere I've been.  If you like groomers, Nubs is your place.

That said, when there's a dump of fresh they'll leave some trails au natural,  they've cleared a bunch of glades plus they have a few dedicated bump runs, so it's not strictly a groomer hill.

The key to understanding Nubs is that it's a hill run by skiers for skiers.  It's all about the skiing, the snow, and the lifts.  Management understands that their market niche is making the ski experience as good as possible, and doesn't get distracted by inessential fripperies like nightlife, shopping, etc.  

I'm impressed by their ski lift maintenance.  This might not seem like a big deal, until you get stuck on a broken lift - yeah, we've all been there at one time or another, but I ski Nubs 30 to 40 days a year and I've yet to see a lift outage with patrons stuck on a broken lift.  Ok, you don't go to a resort because the lifts are nice, but lift maintenance is just one example of the attention to detail that makes the Nubs experience what it is.

Another nice thing about Nubs is that it's spread out over several peaks - and since the resort is spread out, the crowd spreads out too.  On busy holiday weekends (eg President's day) the parking lot can be full and yet the slopes don't feel very busy since there's so much area.

It's very family friendly - there's a tremendous amount of easy beginner terrain, including the free "Big Time" area - yes, there is no charge for riding the purple lift.   There are steeps for advanced skiers, glades and terrain parks for the adventurous, and most lifts service the gamut so a family can take green, blue, or black trails down and meet up at the same lift.

The food is edible, unpretentious,  and not hideously expensive. Try the grilled chicken sandwich.

UPDATE Jan 2012 - since hardly anybody ever used the superpipe, they removed it and made a dedicated race training area where the superpipe once was.  There's still two terrain parks, which seem to be highly regarded.  As I write this, there is 3 to 4 feet of base at Nubs while just about every other resort in North America is struggling with under 2 feet.  Their snowmaking crew is tops!


Pros: Terrain, Grooming, Snowmaking, Lack of Frills

Cons: Lacks another 100 ft. of vertical?

It's a stretch to call Nubs the A-Basin of lower Michigan, but IMO, it sort of is.  The base area is just a rental shop, ski school, ticket window, cafeteria, and bar, with a handful of homes located along the road in and out.  The skiing offers plenty for the Detroit weekender.  Unlike neighboring Boyne Highlands, the lift system is well-designed, with minimal skate-skiing required to get to lifts, and the Pintail area is accessed by skiing, as opposed to a long, boring lift ride.  The beginner and intermediate terrain is also better.  The Pintail Peak area offers plenty of rolling blue cruisers for families, while the front side serves up Valley, Smooth Sailing, Birch Run, Bayview, Southern Comfort, and the upper third of Dories Bowl for those intermediates looking for a bit more steepness.  The black terrain is comparable to neighboring Boyne, but with better variety (3 solid groomers, 2 bump runs, and 6 glades) - Smokey, Scarface, and Chute are all good steep groomers for carving/racing practice, and you can test your mogul skills on Pintail Peak's Goose Bumps before stepping up to Twilight Zone on the front side (though Goose Bumps gets crusty quite often).  S.C. Glade is the easiest of the treed black runs, with Bayview Glade being a small step up, and double-black Pintail Glade, Arena Glade, Powerline Glade, and Tower Glades each offering more challenge.


Pros: Devoted to skiing, comfortable, friendly

Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

After spending most of my days at Boyne, I was convinced to try Nubs. I almost felt like a traitor for going to the "Other team", but I can honestly say that the "Other team" is better in this case. Nubs is great. The hills are great to bomb and carve on and the grooming is just top notch. Nubs Nob is skiing. It's not a golf course in the summer, it's not a resort, it's a ski place. It's a big name in Michigan and I feel blessed to live so close to it. If you're on vacation in the Harbor Springs area and want a good place to ski, check out Nubs!


Pros: You can race your heart out

Nubs also has a great racing program.
Beer League three nights a week.
NASTAR on weekends and holidays.
The Speed Series for Masters and the brave.
Plus high school and USSA races.
Nubs Race Academy offers Michigan's finest race instruction.
Get your groove on!
Some great cross country loops too, groomed to the usual Nubs perfection.
Home of the Crybaby Classic mountain bike race.
For race specific information go to the Events tab on the above page.


Pros: Good Daycare & snow

Cons: Short advanced runs

My wife have been going to the Harbor Springs area for several years.  We normally split our weekends of one day a Nubs and one day at Boyne Highland (each hill can be easily skied in a day and depending on the snow conditions, get a little boring by the end).  We have always favored Nubs since as others have said "It is a ski hill for skiers".  Most of the other skiers on the hill have their act together and know what they are doing, (know how to get on and off a lift, not stopping in the "middle" of the hill, etc).  The snow always seems to be in better shape than across the street and if the weather cooperates the glades are a lot of fun.  The hill is also well laid out, you can get to any part of without a lot of "cross country" skiing or chair hopping.


  We recently had a kid and have put him in the Nubs Cubs daycare while we ski.  We couldn't be happier, it has a "we care" feel versus "we will watch your kid while you ski".  They even remembered our son from the previous year.  Another bonus was they have plastic beginner skis they will loan to you to get your kid out on the hill to see if they will like skiing (our son did have his balance but loved the ride up the purple chair and down the hill with mom and dad holding him up).  I also enjoy Nubs Pub for an Apres-ski drink, I has a "local" bar feel.


We have also been happy with their Demo ski program.  I even picked up a pair this year went the went on sale (great deal).  The staff is very friendly and helpful.  I would recommend doing your homework and having an idea on what skis you want to try.  As with all things everyone in the shop has a difference preference on what they like and what they think you should try, but once you find a ski you like they can usually point you in the right direction for similar skis.


My only major complaint is; the length of the advanced runs are pretty short, you just start to get into a grove and the run is over.  A couple of the intermediate runs have some good length though.


Pros: Snow quality, only business is skiing

As the ad says Nub's generally has the best snow in the midwest.  There only business is skiing, no lodging, no golf in the summer, only snow and skiing and it shows.  About two miles from Boyne Highlands resort so its easy to do a long weekend and fit in both boyne properties and nub's.