Nubs Nob – Ski Michigan

Over Thanksgiving we thought we would make the most of a little holiday time and of all the recent snow. I mean if its going to be cold and snowy what better activity is there than ski-ing! Also we weirdly find ski-ing really relaxing, something about being out in the fresh air, moving and being active all day, hot chocolate breaks…. what’s not too love!

We did a little research into skiing in the local area, and Michigan came out as a pretty good little destination for ski-ing and local breweries – win win! Keen to explore more of the area we went on a little road trip. We drove North for 5 hours stopping at Grand Rapids and Petoskey. (We want to say it with a Russian accent!). Petoskey offers some great budget accommodation options and we were pleasantly surprised to find a jacuzzi bath in our room perfect after a day on the slopes!

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The to main resorts are Nubs Nob and Boyne Highlands. We went for Nubs on the first day, I think a few friends once looked up at that hill and thought, I reckon you can ski down there, lets give it a go, and a ski resort was born. Nubs prides itself on awesome snow and quality, the ski rentals were brand new, and the snow – both natural and made was fantastic, not all of the lifts and runs were open just yet but there’s a decent days ski-ing here.

Our second day we popped to Boynes – this resort is split into mountain and highlands, the second half is about a 40 minute drive south. This resort is more traditional and has a real charm about it. The runs are slightly longer, sweeping around the mini mountain, and we enjoyed ‘Olympia’ for a decent run. Both resorts make a great weekends ski-ing, and are perfect for beginners or skiers looking for a chilled weekend. They are also pretty affordable with lift passes at $40 a day pre season. Hiring gear is a little cheaper outside the main resorts and there are a few options at Petoskey or Harbour Springs. Both resorts have tasty food and hot chocolate along with good options for sitting and warming up again.

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As for Apres ski, the area is famed for cherry pie and has some great Breweries for a drink and food options. Both Harbour springs and Petoskey have adorable ‘high streets’ with some shopping and cosy restaurants. Perfect for a round of Pirate flux! We had a fantastic weekend and are looking forward to going back!

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