Blue – Nub’s Nob, MI

This is the oldest lift remaining at Nub’s Nob as of 2020.
The top terminal has a classic Poma floating bullwheel.
Tensioning system.
The Poma chairs have been modified by Riblet.
Lower lift line.
Towers 1 through 3.
Drive unit.
Lift overview.

2 thoughts on “Blue – Nub’s Nob, MI

  1. afski722 January 31, 2020 / 10:11 pm

    One of the few floating bullwheel Poma’s that is still in-service. Rumor is that 2019-2020 may be the last season for this lift. No idea if there are plans for replacement or just removing all together as the lift only runs on peak weekends and holiday periods. Its the fastest lift to the top and never has any line, best for hot-lapping.

    Chairs were modified by Riblet in the early 90s.

    There used to be a large wooden pavilion-style roof enclosure over the lower drive terminal, but it blew-down in a windstorm in the early 2000s and replaced by the current small sheet metal roof over the bullwheel and drive-unit.


  2. afski722 February 18, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    Confirmed today via email to customers, the Blue chair is being removed this summer 2020:

    “Dear Nub’s Nob Skiers & Snowboarders,

    All of us at Nub’s Nob love the Blue chairlift. The Blue is the shortest lift that accesses our popular front side terrain. Many of us have enjoyed countless rides on this beloved lift to lap Smokey, Valley, Scarface or Smooth Sailing. Despite our affection for the Blue, it’s time to retire the lift.

    The Blue chairlift was manufactured by Poma/Miner-Denver and was erected in 1971. The lift has been cared for by our Crew for nearly 50 years. Over time, finding parts to maintain the lift has become increasingly difficult. The manufacturer no longer supplies the parts we need to service the lift. Instead of running the lift with limited access to essential parts, we have decided to take the lift down this summer.

    We are losing the Blue, but we will be gaining better skiing on Valley. All of the lift towers will come down and the snowmaking installations will be moved closer to the woods. This will create extra space on top of the hill and dramatically expand the width of the run.

    We will be selling half of the chairs from the Blue lift; a sign-up sheet is at the front desk. Chairs will sell for $400 and are limited to one per season pass holder family. If more than 25 people request to purchase chairs we will randomly pull 25 names off the list (only one name per family may be entered). We will call the 25 selected pass holders immediately following the last day of ski season. The remaining chairs we will hold back for future local charity auctions and decorative use around Nub’s. The Blue chair has been good to us and we hope it can continue to give back to serve local non-profits.

    On the last day of the season (scheduled for April 5) we will have one last farewell running of the Blue lift.”

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