Nub's Nob Ski Area is a popular ski destination located in northern Michigan, near the town of Harbor Springs. The resort is located approximately 1.5 hours from the city of Traverse City and 3 hours from Grand Rapids, making it an easy day trip or weekend getaway for skiers and snowboarders in the region.
Nub's Nob is known for its relatively high annual snowfall for the Eastern US, averaging around 150 inches per season, and the snow at the resort is typically wet and heavy, making for challenging but rewarding skiing and snowboarding conditions. The ski season at Nub's Nob typically runs from mid-December to late March. While Nub's Knob has great skiing and snowboarding, the ski area does not have onsite lodging or restaurant options.
We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Nubs Nob stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Nubs Nob is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.
There are numerous options to stay at Nubs Nob around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Nubs Nob Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Nubs Nob has a total of 53 ski trails, which are serviced by 11 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Nubs Nob is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 248 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 100 hectares, 0.4 square miles, or 1.0 square kilometers.
Nubs Nob's slopes see on average 130 inches (3.3 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 10 feet every year!
Nubs Nob Ski Resort Elevation
Nubs Nob Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,338 feet, or 408 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 911 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 427 feet (130 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Nubs Nob has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Nubs Nob Ski Resort Difficulty Level
31.2out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Nubs Nob has 248 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Nubs Nob is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 31% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 69%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Nubs Nob Ski Resort good for beginners?
Nubs Nob can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 69% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Nubs Nob Ski Resort Location
Nubs Nob Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Harbor Springs, MI.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740 USA
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Getting to Nubs Nob Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Nubs Nob Ski Resort), its coordinates of 45.47000, -84.91000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Harbor Springs, MI to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Nubs Nob.
|Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County Airport||PLN||Pellston, MI||9 mi|
|Chippewa County International Airport||CIU||Sault Ste Marie, MI||58 mi|
|Cherry Capital Airport||TVC||Traverse City, MI||60 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Nubs Nob Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Nubs Nob Ski Resort.
|Petoskey Sports Park||Petoskey, MI||791 ft||0%||8 mi|
|Boyne Mountain||Boyne Falls, MI||1,120 ft||28%||21 mi|
|Timber Ridge||Gobles, MI||941 ft||24%||29 mi|
|Alpine Valley||Elmira, MI||1,210 ft||33%||35 mi|
|Treetops||Gaylord, MI||1,345 ft||29%||35 mi|
|Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek||Bellaire, MI||1,125 ft||36%||40 mi|
|Hanson Hills||Grayling, MI||1,362 ft||15%||58 mi|
|Mt. Holiday||Traverse City, MI||440 ft||36%||58 mi|
|Crystal Mountain||Thompsonville, MI||1,132 ft||34%||85 mi|
|Caberfae Peaks||Boon, MI||1,545 ft||37%||86 mi|
|Ski Brule||Boon, MI||1,861 ft||39%||86 mi|
|Snow Snake||Harrison, MI||1,230 ft||29%||86 mi|
|Swiss Valley||Jones, MI||1,200 ft||32%||86 mi|
|Searchmont Resort||Searchmont, ON||1,601 ft||37%||99 mi|
Nubs Nob Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,338 ft|
|Base Elevation||911 ft|
|Vertical Drop||427 ft|
(31% Beginner, 48% Intermediate, 21% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||130 inches|