Nub’s Nob, MI

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10 thoughts on “Nub’s Nob, MI

  1. afski722 January 31, 2020 / 9:54 pm

    A couple of updates to the table above:

    Purple – Installed in 1994, was the relocated and modified Dories lift.

    As far as removed lifts:
    1958 – original center-pole double chair was installed in 1958 and removed in 1978 when the Green Quad lift was instailled. I believe it was a Poma

    1961 – original Yellow, the second lift installed, was installed 1961 and removed in 1989 when replaced the Yellow Triple was installed. The original Yellow was a centerpole double chair and was relocated to Mt. Holiday near Traverse City, MI

    1971 Blue Lift, currently still operational, at least for the 2019-2020 season

    1972 Dories Lift; replaced by the Red Chair in 1993 and repurposed and relocated into the Purple lift in 1994.

    All subsequent lifts were installed by current ownership:

    1978 Green – Riblet 4; underwent overhaul in 1996 replacing the center-pole chairs with bail-style chairs to match the other Riblet Quads, new tower heads, new drive motor, new lower terminal with hydraulic tensioning replacing the original counterweight system

    1979 Orange – Riblet 3; underwent overhaul in 2002 receiving new chairs, new drive motor, and new lower terminal with hydraulic tensioning replacing the original counterweight system

    1989 Yellow – Riblet 3
    1991 Brown – Riblet 3
    1993 Red – Riblet 4
    1997 Black – Riblet 4
    2008 Gray – Superior 4 (made mostly from Riblet service/replacement parts)


    • Jack February 6, 2020 / 8:16 am

      The Gray lift is a triple, not a quad.


      • ne_skier April 5, 2021 / 7:07 am

        Telecar’s existence explains quite a bit. You’ll notice many high capacity early Poma doubles using C&S drives and towers, perhaps this has something to do with that


      • Myles Svec April 5, 2021 / 7:24 am

        I would also like to note that the original yellow had a capacity of 900, a length of 1846 feet, and a vertical of 406 feet.


  2. Jack L August 22, 2021 / 10:07 pm

    Does anyone have any photos of the old Dories Lift? My first year skiing at Nubs was the last year that it was in service.


  3. Mi_skier October 2, 2021 / 3:29 pm

    Hopefully nubs will make some changes soon, especially now that boyne is actually doing something with their Midwest resorts again. Maybe replace green and orange each with a HSQ and maybe relocate one of them to a terrain expansion, either in the back or off of the side of Pintail if possible.


  4. Mi_skier February 14, 2022 / 7:13 pm

    just realized you got orange marked as a bottom drive. it’s top drive and bottom tension.


    • Mi_skier February 14, 2022 / 7:19 pm

      also I doubt purple is 290 vert. it’s pretty close to red, which is much steeper and longer. and the combined vert of purple and red (about 550′) should be about the same as green’s (400′).


  5. afski722 March 28, 2022 / 7:48 am

    1) Purple Lift vertical is ~150 ft.

    2) I don’t think Nubs is motivated to do anything in regards to whatever Boyne is doing; they have always marketed themselves as being the anti-resort to Boyne. Other than maybe all of about 5 days a year (afternoons of Christmas week & Presidents Weekend Saturday) there are never any lines. They don’t need any additional lift capacity or terrain expansions currently since most days its just pretty empty and chill.

    3) There really isn’t any viable terrain to further expand on Pintail Peak. They expanded as far south as they can to the property line. The backside of Pintail doesn’t have much elevation drop and is super flat or has some terrain undulations that aren’t good for continuous ski trails.

    I had heard, that when they acquired some additional acreage in a land swap on the north side a few years back, that would enable them if the need ever arose to expand skiing on the slope on the north side of the purple lift adjacent to the Race Arena. In theory it was said they could put a lift in the area of the locker room parking lot and run it up that slope and have runs that came down from the top of the Race Arena area.
    Again, this more like a “what if” scenario but nothing that was any sort of definitive plan.


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