Circumstances regarding COVID-19 in Michigan and Emmet County are changing rapidly. What this means for restrictions on activities at Nub’ Nob is likely to evolve over the course of the season.

This page is where we will post up-to-date information on the activities and services available at Nub’s Nob, and what restrictions are in place to comply with mandates and keep those operations available.

What can I expect?

At a minimum, our goal is to facilitate skiing and riding on the slopes. Use of indoor spaces will be subject to capacity restrictions, and may not be available. Currently there will be no indoor spaces available for eating or lounging. Indoor spaces will be limited to the General Store, rentals, locker room, bathrooms and limited food pick-up. There will not be chairs or tables in the lodge at this time given the current health epidemic and the corresponding restrictions on indoor gatherings.

Do I have to perform a health screening on myself?

Yes.  Following CDC guidelines, you should review known COVID-19 symptoms.  If you are feeling feverish, experiencing a fever, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in taste or smell, please stay at home.

When will I have to wear a face covering?

Face masks/ coverings are required whenever indoors, loading or riding the chairlifts, and anytime that 6′ of social distance can not be maintained.  The only exception to this rule is if food service is available, which would permit a person to remove their face covering while seated in a designated area while eating or drinking.  

We have received more questions about wearing masks outdoors than anything else leading into this season.  It is worth noting that this requirement will be common across Michigan ski areas.  Furthermore, doing everything we can to keep our staff safe is in everyone’s interest.  Keeping our Crew healthy keeps the hill open.

What counts as a face covering?

Anything that covers the mouth and nose without holes. As skiers and riders we are accustomed to wearing things like neck gaiters and this qualifies as a face covering.  The CDC recommends products that have a thickness of at least two pieces of cloth.

Can I go inside? Where do I leave my stuff?

Expect to only be able to go inside to use the bathroom or possibly purchase food. Indoor spaces at Nub’s Nob will not be places to hang out this season and will have capacity restrictions. We will not have chairs or tables in the lodge at this time. Plan to boot up at your car and leave all of your belongings there. Unfortunatley, ski bags and outside food will not be allowed in the lodge this season.

What are the rules for riding lifts?

Face coverings are required at all times when loading and riding the lifts. We ask that you ride only with your group. Please do not load the chair with skiers and riders who are not part of your group.

Are lift tickets available?  How do I buy them?

Lift tickets are available for pre-purchase online or for purchase day-of at the ticket window while capacity remains.  If lift lines become too large, we may stop selling lift tickets at the ticket window.  Please view the link for current details and availability.

What are the parking lot rules?

We understand that the capacity restrictions in the lodge will result in tailgating and picnicking in the parking lot. Please stay with your group while tailgating,  large gatherings will not be allowed.

How do I get something to eat or drink?

We intend to open the main lodge cafeteria and Pintail Peak cafe for food pick-up only. All food and beverage will need to be consumed outdoors at this time. We have added plexiglass barriers for everyone’s protection.  Access to indoor food pick-up is not guaranteed, particularly on busy days.

To accommodate these restrictions, we have added two new outdoor food service options. The first is expanded seating in the Winter Garden with a food-truck style venue that will have a limited rotating menu and draft beer options.  The second is a slope-side pickup window on the deck off of the main lodge. This slope-side pick-up window is for orders that have been placed remotely at and for purchasing beer or wine from the pub.

Outside food will not be allowed indoors this year.  This goes against our skier-focused culture and we look forward to changing this rule as soon as it makes sense to do so.

Will rentals be available?

Yes. However, the rental building will have capacity restrictions. If the building is at capacity we will ask patrons to wait in their vehicles until we send a text alert to your phone welcoming your group into the building. Face coverings are required.

Is the Winter Sports School operating?

Private lessons are expected to be available.  All lessons can be booked over the phone (1-800-SKI-NUBS or 231-526-2300).  Skiers taking lessons can pay for the lesson over the phone and meet their instructor outdoors at the WSS meeting area. Face coverings are required.

Is the General Store open?

The Nub’s Nob General Store is open.  We have eliminated some displays to create more space in the store.  The store will have capacity restrictions and we will limit access when we approach the capacity of this space.  Remote orders to ship or pickup curbside are available at

How do I use the Seasonal Locker Room?

The Locker room is open to locker holders only.  We ask that locker holders move directly to their lockers, get ready to ski and proceed outside.  Lingering in the locker room along with eating and drinking will not be allowed in order to avoid hitting capacity limits for this space.  Face coverings are required.

Will the Technology Center be open?

The Technology & Demo Center will be open this season.  The show room of this department is very small, and we will only be allowed to have a few people in the room at one time.  We highly recommend purchasing a Tune Center Membership this season to cut down on person-to-person contact at the register.

Will there be special events?

Events like the Bahnhof Race League and Volkl/ Marker/ Dalbello Speed Series are being planned without an indoor component.  Social events like Mardi Gras or the Torchlight Parade will not be held.  Events that are tentatively scheduled may be viewed on the Nub’s Nob Calendar, all are subject to change.

Are season passes restricted in any way?

Nub’s Nob is not restricting season pass sales or season pass usage.  

What happens to my pass if there is no 2020-21 ski season?

If the 2020-21 ski season does not get under way, we will roll over your pass purchase to the 2021-22 season.

What if the ski season is shortened?

Nub’s Nob is known for having one of the longest ski seasons in the Midwest thanks to the skill of our Snow Crew and our vast snowmaking infrastructure.  That said, we never guarantee the length of any season.  Historically, we have had years when our season opened late or closed early due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.  We intend to operate for the full 2020-21 winter season.  However, because we do not and cannot guarantee the length of a season, we do not refund season passes.

What can I do to help keep the hill open and enjoyable?

  • Avoid Weekends and Holidays as much as possible.  If your schedule allows for flexibility, we encourage visitation on midweek days and non-holidays. These times are less busy, cost less for daily tickets and will help disperse crowds.
  • Assume others are less comfortable than you with in-person interaction. We all have different levels of comfort when it comes to human interaction at this moment in history.  Keep your mask on, including outdoors, keep distance, don’t jump on a lift with strangers, make eye contact and display the general positive disposition that skiers and riders are known for.
  • Be physically and mentally prepared to stay outside.  Even if indoor activity is permitted, on busy days it is likely that access to indoor spaces will not be available due to capacity restrictions.  Bathrooms will be available.  Think about what you are wearing in advance so you can boot up at your vehicle and head right for the slopes.

Will I have fun at Nub’s Nob?

We ask that you make this winter about one thing: enjoying the simple act of skiing and riding outdoors.  If we adjust our expectations this could be a very special season to remember with fondness.


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