EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Nubs Nob & Boyne Highlands
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Nubs Nob & Boyne Highlands

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well I took the advice of some bears from MI and checked out Nubs and Boyne. They were both great resorts! I had a blast. It was my first time there, but not my last.

Things I liked:

Nubs:
-great snow (powder) and lots of it
-well groomed
-no snowblowing (lots of snow when I was in MI)
-not overly crowded
-pretty fast moving lift lines
-good black diamonds
-nice terrain

Boyne:
-great snow as well (that same old powder)
-well groomed
-no snow blowing
-even less crowded than Nubs
-fast lifts lines
-huge mountain
-good terrain

Thanks for the recommendations! I had a wonderful 2 days of skiing!
Lindsay
post #2 of 16
Glad you had fun! I like both of Nubs and Highlands. I think you're right about the blacks at Nubs, at least compared to Highlands. Highlands' blacks usually start from a ridge which takes you half-way down the mountain, so the runs probably only utilize 50-75% of their 550 foot vertical. Nubs uses all of theirs!

I read the other thread you started about Michigan resorts, and I think you made a good choice. Hope you'll come back to Michigan!
post #3 of 16
It's been a weird winter here in Michigan. When we went to Boyne with some friends for a weekend, it poured rain on Sunday, so much we couldn't ski. Then, when I took the family to Whistler for a week, we had no new snow (still great conditions) and Boyne receive 18" of powder overnight! This has not been our year in regards to snow.

Happy to hear you had a good time.
post #4 of 16
Glad to hear that you had fun at Nub's and Highlands. Its hard to beat either hill but the blacks at Nubs tip make it my favorite of the two. Come back anytime you can.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I had a blast. I did find the blacks at Nubs more challenging. However, there seemed to be more terrain at Boyne H. It is a toss up for me..I really enjoyed both resorts. I will be back in MI for more skiiing whenever I can make it.

I might check out some other resorts too, if they aren't very far away. I know that Boyne Mtn was only about 30-40 mins from the Highlands. I heard Crystal is good too. Someone was talking about it on one of the lifts. How far is that from Nubs, etc?

Thanks again,
Lindsay
post #6 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilskeer
I will be back in MI for more skiiing whenever I can make it.
What general part of Ohio are you from? Places in New York, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia might be closer, depending.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm from the Dayton area. SW of Ohio. I went to one ski place here (Mad River Mtn..) It was only about an hour away, soI figure when I get desperate to ski I can go there.
post #8 of 16
Other good places to try are Holiday Valley and Holimont in Ellicottville, NY. I live in Columbus and it is about a 5 hour drive for me. I was there last weekend and the snow conditions were great! About 5 inches of snow fell on Sunday and 3 inches on Monday.
Holimont is private and for members only on the weekends, so what I did was ski Holiday Valley on Sunday and Holimont on Monday. No lift lines to speak of either day, but especially on Monday. I felt like I had the place to myself. Many times I was making fresh tracks down the runs. If you want any detailed information about either place, feel free to sent me a PM.

Dan
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
That's awesome. Thanks for the recommendations. 5hrs isn't too bad. It took us 8 to drive home from Nubs and Boyne H. I'll have to keep those places in mind.

Lindsay
post #10 of 16
BuckeyeFanDan already mentioned Holiday Valley and Holimont.

I played with Google maps and Mapquest for a minute, just trying to come up with some other options. From Dayton, I'm getting about 8 hours to Bristol (western NY). Seven Springs (southwestern PA) and Wisp (western MD) both look like about 5.5 hours. You could also get to Whitetail (south central PA) in about 7 hours. Canaan Valley and Timberline (WV), maybe 6 hours.

(I've never been to Wisp or Timberline, and it's been many years since I was at Canaan Valley.)
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Out of Wisp, Timberline and Canaan I'd have to say Wisp is the best. It is only about 45 mins away from my parents house. It was great when I lived at home. It is a fun ski resort. They have recently expanded and added 10 more trails. They plan on adding another 10 or so next season. It has a good variety of trails to ski.
post #12 of 16
lilskeer:

Don't know if you have been there, but you are also only an hour away from Perfect North, in SE Indiana. They have a nice variety of terrain for a small hill, with only 400' of vertical.

Holiday Valley, Wisp, Timberline, Canaan, and Snowshoe/Silver Creek are all within a 7 hour driving window.

You can be a skier in live in SW Ohio!
post #13 of 16
lilskier: 7 Springs is about 5 hour drive from Dayton. The kids and I went there this last weekend. They really liked it.

Mad River Mtn and Perfect North are about the same distance from Dayton. I got the kids and I passes at MRM the last 2 seasons. This season the wife joined in too. Perfect has twice the terrain and steeper pitches, but a season pass @ MRM is less than 1/2 a season pass @ PN. I probably got 20+ days in this season and the kids got in at least 15.

We really need to have a Tri-State gathering next year @ PN
post #14 of 16
I have been to alot of places in the midwest and in my opinion, Nubs Nob is by far the best. They focus all of their resources on managing the hill and not their hotels. They have the friendliest people working there, they remember you. And it is alot cheaper. The terrain blows every other midwestern resort away. They have got lots of trees, mogals, and some pretty steep runs on the front. I live in Ft Wayne but my family has owned a place on Burt Lake (about 15 from both Nubs and Highlands) for years. I know it up there pretty well.
I was up there a couple weeks ago when they got 12+ inches overnight. The conditions were amazing. Powder everywhere!
post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilskeer
I might check out some other resorts too, if they aren't very far away. I know that Boyne Mtn was only about 30-40 mins from the Highlands. I heard Crystal is good too. Someone was talking about it on one of the lifts. How far is that from Nubs, etc?

Thanks again,
Lindsay
Boyne Mtn. is superior terrain to both its sister resort, the Highlands, and Nubs. More choice and longer steeps. Nubs generally has better snow conditions and more snow than any of its neighbors. Crystal has a smaller choice and all but no steeps. Schuss is even smaller, but nicer steeps.

From the Highlands/Nubs area, Boyne Mtn. is 35-40 miles. Schuss is 30 miles farther. Crystal is another 60 miles from Schuss.

Midweek all these areas are generally uncrowded unless it's a holiday. They're all crowded weekends except Schuss. Because Schuss is being run by the bank that took it back from the owners for nonpayment of the mortgages, a lot of the regulars made committments elsewhere for this season, reducing the normal crowds.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
We passed Boyne Mt on the way to the Highlands and Nubs. I was wondering about it...the reason I choose the 2 I did was because they were so close to one another. Although the 2 for 1 lift ticket deal for Boyne Mtn and Highlands was pretty cool. Only problem is that you have to drive 40 mins between skiing.

I have been to MRM, but not PN. I was told by friends that MRM was better though. I guess it is all a matter of opinion. I would be up for a gathering. That would be fun.

Seven Springs was fun too. I'd like to go there again sometime.

Thanks for the suggestions,
Lindsay
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Trip Reports
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Nubs Nob & Boyne Highlands