I am from northern Michigan, about 5 minutes away from Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob.
I grew up here and started skiing at about 5 or 6 years old, skied all the way through middle and high school, took a long break, then started picking it back up about 7 years ago. For the first time in about 15 years I am a passholder again.
I have always skied at Boyne but my parents switched to Nubs several years ago because they offer a season pass that entitles you to 1 full day or 2 1/2 day lift tickets each week for about $180. You can't beat that. So, we have passes at Nubs this year. My husband prefers Boyne (and frankly, so do I) but the restrictions on their passes just wouldn't work with my husbands work schedule sooo.....Nubs it is.
Cast of characters:
Me, 32 year years old, quickly getting back into the swing of things.
DH, also 32, somehow got talked into letting me teach him how to ski two seasons ago and, despite his initial fears, took to it like a duck to water. He is coming along REALLY well despite only going out a few times each of the last two seasons. He actually told me a few weeks ago he was looking forward to ski season which made me happy. We have slowly been getting him all set up over the last few years through ski swaps and tent sales at the Bahnhof and such. He now has his own skis and boots and is a brand spanking new passholder so he is good to go.
Older daughter is 9, I put her on skis for the first time when she was 18 months old and she has loved it ever since. By 4 years old she going down K-2 with some really nice turns. Now it's a struggle to keep up with her.
DH's daughter is 5 1/2 and is a non skier. I tried teaching her, it did not go well. It was an exercise in frustration for all involved. We may try again this year but probably not.