Nub’s Nob – Cross Village

In 1958, Sports Illustrated reported a new area: Nub’s Nob, Cross Village: New area with 2 miles of trails, 1900′ Poma with a 450′ rise; lodge; restaurant; shop.  Apparently this may not have actually happened, because:

In 1959, Sports Illustrated reported a new area: Nub’s Nob, Cross Village: Delayed almost a year by weather and construction problems,  the area is now ready to open with a 1900′ double chair with a 450′ rise; 3 rope tows; 6 runs; and a 96-room lodge.

Yes, everyone knows “knob” is spelled with a “k”, but Nub’s Nob was named after Nub Sarns, who, with his wife Dorie, cleared the hillside in 1957 and opened the area in early 1958 with 3 slopes and a 65-seat chairlift. Day tickets were $5 and a season pass was $20, $50 for a family pass. Nub’s has a great chronological history on their website, listing slopes named for owners and employees, lifts installed and relocated, ownership changes, snowmaking innovations, the first “gladed” run in Michigan (the Southern Comfort Glade), and on and on.

Nubs Nob Patch from Bernie Riehl

The Midwest Ski Areas Association currently lists Nub’s as having 427′ of vertical drop, with 3 quad, 4 triple, and two double chairlifts, 1 surface tow, 53 slopes and trails, the longest 0.9 mi., 2 half-pipes and large terrain parks.

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3 Responses to Nub’s Nob – Cross Village

  1. Tom Fullerton says:

    I only skied the Nob twice as it was a long drive from Grand Haven but I remember it as The Place for the locals with short lift lines and a nice long run with varying terrain from the summit.

  2. Anton Mal says:

    Nub’s is about skiing. Not designed to extract your last dollar and herd you about. It is the place the locals go. Friendly staff, and a FREE bunny hill WITH CHAIRLIFT! And friendly, helpful attendants. The absolute best place to take a beginner. The main slopes are like heaven for the advanced intermediate though expert terrain is somewhat limited. A long history as an innovator and industry leader in snowmaking. Hard to find much to criticize. Thank God they managed to keep it out of the hands of Boyne Co, they would love to close this place.

  3. Joan McCombs says:

    1966-2018 Dori Sarns is my dad’s, Herb Dunham’s, sister. I am the daughter, Joan Dunham McCombs, living in Louisville, Kentucky, so, we didn’t have many chances to go to Nubs Knob, but we knew Dori as a big time sailor, boater, and of course, owning the ski resort. We love the idea of Michiganders skiing there. We only wish we could have been there every season. We last saw Dori in Cross Village buying a kayak at age 84. The one big memory I have is her closing the slopes with her dogs coming down the slopes, one being called Herbie. The last time I was there was in the summer and there was a large poster of pictures of the memories. Thank you! Joan McCombs.

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