What's New at the Ski Resorts

Head for the hills! Area ski hills unveil upgrades, additions and new features.

Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs

Nub's NobNub’s Nob is ushering in the ski season with a renovated Superpipe, expanded terrain park, more snow guns and a new groomer, and expanded season pass choices.

The Superpipe was the least used piece of Nub’s, so the walls have been reshaped and a new slope was built. This race arena slope will offer aspiring racers a venue designed for the training they need. In addition, the old handle tow was replaced with a fast rope tow, based on a model used by Olympic and FIS champions including Lindsey Vonn and Sarah Schleper. The new system allows racers to build strength on the way up the hill while increasing the runs in the gates in a given training session. This area will be one of the first slopes to open with the new snowmaking layout, and means early season access to the Arena Glades.

The halfpipe in the terrain park was revamped to be longer, and the wall height measures 3 feet taller than last year, now at 12 feet. New and unique jibs and boxes were added to the rail yard, and a new jump area will debut on the lower left side of Smooth Sailing.

Helping to lay the foundation for the ski season are eight new Nub’s Nob snow guns. Built over the summer, these guns bring the total to 270. A new snow grooming machine manufactured by Pisten Bully has been added to the grooming arsenal to make sure the hills are in top shape.

And for those who go the season pass route, there are fewer blackout days on the limited season pass, which was introduced two years ago.

is located at 500 Nub’s Nob Road, Harbor Springs. For more information, call (231) 526-2131 or (800) SKI-NUBS, or visit www.nubsnob.com.  

Boyne Resorts

Boyne MountainBoyne’s winter season will be highlighted by new features and added attractions at both Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls and Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.

To lay the base, 90 new Boyne Low-E guns were developed and added over the summer months. The guns are designed to maximize snow output with less compressed air, making them about 40 percent more efficient than earlier models. The new guns will help open more terrain earlier and maintain conditions all season.

New features are being built in the terrain parks — six for Boyne Highlands and six at Boyne Mountain — which range from beginner to intermediate jibs and rails, as well as expert designs. These are being added to the four terrain parks at the Highlands, which include a skier/boarder cross course, an 8-foot wall feature and halfpipe, and the four terrain parks at the Mountain, which include a skier/boarder cross course, mega Superpipe with 18-foot walls and a mini pipe.

The ziplines were introduced last year, and this winter have been expanded to include Twin Zips, where racers fly side by side down the lines. Boyne Highlands’ Twin Zip measures 1,350 feet, beginning on the Olympic slope and ending near Heather Highlands Inn. Boyne Mountain’s Twin Zip is 780 feet long and goes over a pond with fountains, landing on the lawn of the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa.

Acreage was cleared at Boyne Highlands on the northwest side of North Peak Pass and Tournament Pass for glade skiing. This is offered in addition to the existing glade skiing area on top of Amy’s Run.

Those who prefer the indoors or need to refuel will find both Boyne cafeterias are now green resort cafeterias. Throw-away products were replaced with dishwasher safe flatware and metal silverware, reducing the amount of garbage waste by up to 70 percent. Recycling bins, post-consumer napkins and to-go cups and refillable cleaning bottles are also be used. More Michigan products are also being used in the offerings.

Boyne Highlands is located at 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs. For more information, call (231) 526-3000 or visit www.boyne.com.

Boyne Mountain is located at 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls. For more information, call (231) 549-6000 or visit www.boyne.com.

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