Hawk Island County Park

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Nub’s Nob

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Nub’s Nob is a ski area located in the township of Pleasantview near Harbor Springs, Michigan. Opened by Norman and Dorie Sarns in 1958 as a small ski hill, it has sprawled out to a fairly large resort with eleven lifts. It gets its name from the nickname of founder Norman “Nubby” Sarns.

Nub’s Nob (often shortened to simply “Nub’s”) boasts a gold medal from SKI Magazine as well as being voted the Midwest’s Best Ski Area three years straight, in addition to having the #1 Terrain park rating from SKI Magazine’s 2007 Reader Resort Survey and #4 in grooming.

History

In the mid-1950s Norman and Dorie Sarns, residents of Cross Village on the coast of Lake Michigan, built a small ski hill to entertain their friends and family. Finding the snow that close to the lake unreliable, they looked for another location further inland and found the present location about 5 miles north of Little Traverse Bay. The resort opened in 1958 with three trails and one 65-seat chairlift.

By 1977, the resort had expanded to 14 trails serviced by 4 chairlifts. That year Dorie Sarns sold the resort to the present owners, The Pleasantview Ski Corporation (Walter and Alfred Fisher). The new owners further expanded the resort, opening Nubs South in 1979, and started work designing the Nub’s Nob snowmaking gun which was patented in 1985. By 1981 there were 21 trails and 5 chairlifts.

The resort began clearing glades and opening them up to skiing, beginning with the Southern Comfort Glade which opened in 1995. Pintail Peak, about 1/2 mile south of the main hill, opened for skiing in 1997 adding 12 trails and a quad chairlift. A second chairlift was added to Pintail Peak in 2008.

Winter activities

The area offers cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. Snowshoeing, ice skating, snow tubing, and snowmobiling are available nearby.

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Treetops Resort

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Timber Ridge Ski Area

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Timber Ridge is a ski area located in Pine Grove Township, Van Buren County, near Gobles, Michigan. It is family oriented ski area that has eight lifts, two terrain parks, and a tubing park. The terrain difficulty ranges from beginner to advanced, where most of the trails are at easy or intermediate levels. Timber Ridge Ski Patrol, named the National Ski Patrol’s 2007-2008 Central Division Outstanding Large Patrol.

Trails

Timber Ridge has 15 total trails. Seven are easy, five are average, and three are advanced in difficulty. The highest point at Timber Ridge is 850 feet (260 m) of elevation. The lowest point is at 610 feet (190 m). The longest vertical drop is 240 feet (73 m). There are 50 acres (200,000 m2) of skiable terrain, every acre of which can produce its own snow. The mountain gets about five feet of powder a season. Dean’s Pass, Burt’s Road, and Harry’s Hollow are all named after the first three volunteers that worked at Timber Ridge. The rest of the runs at Timber Ridge are named after trees.

Easiest

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Deans Pass
  • Burt’s Road
  • Harry’s Hollow
  • Crossover
  • Willow
  • Pine Rope

More Difficult

  • Oak
  • Tamarack
  • Sycamore
  • Lumber Jack
  • Sequoia

Most Difficult

  • Hemlock
  • Walnut

Lifts

  • 8 total
  • 2 double lifts
  • 1 triple lift
  • 1 quad lift
  • 3 towropes1 surface lift

Tubing Hill

Timber Ridge offers a tubing run for those over the age of 5 years.

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Ski Brule

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Ski Brule is a ski area located in Stambaugh Township, Iron County, near Iron River, Michigan. Its claim to fame is that it tries to open earlier and close later in the season than other nearby ski hills. It has sixteen ski runs and eleven ski lifts. The trails include two black diamonds, two terrain trails through the woods (one is rated black diamond due to the trail width and a tight turn), six blue square trails, four green circle trails, and a snowboard arena. All lifts converge at the same general point on the hill and the runs spread out and around the hill.

The runs are groomed on a nightly basis and occasionally Ski Brule will build moguls on Otter Slide. Ski Brule’s NASTAR course is on Whitewater (which is sometimes closed due to racing events) and its most challenging trail is Big Bear.

Because of its location and snow making capability, Brule is the first and last ski resort in the Upper Peninsula to be open. Sometimes it opens as early as October.

Ski Brule facilities include the main lodge, a rental center, and The Homestead Lodge, which can be reached by skiing the Homestead or North Forty trails. The Homestead Lodge is a mid-hill stop built from old homestead building and heated by potbelly stoves. Food and drinks are served at the Homestead and main Lodges.

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Silver Mountain Ski Area

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Sault Seal Recreation Area

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Pine Knob

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Pine Knob is a downhill ski area in Independence Township, Oakland County, near Clarkston, Michigan (whose post office serves the area). It is best known for its snow-making and marquee run, “The Wall.” Pine Knob is the home mountain to a number of local high school ski racing teams, including Clarkston, Detroit Country Day School, Rochester Adams High School, Cranbrook Kingswood, Lake Orion and Rochester.

The property is adjacent to DTE Energy Music Theatre, formerly named Pine Knob Music Theatre, as well as Pine Knob Golf Club and Pine Knob Mansion.

Racing

Beer League – Pine Knob offers Tuesday night beer league racing for adults age 21 and over. The league is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co.

Nastar – Nastar is public racing for all age to participate in. Medals are awarded for your handicap level. Nastar at PK is offered on Saturday and Sunday at PK From 1pm to 3pm. Sign up is at the Ski School.

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