Michigan Skier News


  • NUB'S NOB 2020-21



Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan, has opened a new winter attraction, The Enchanted Trail. The Enchanted Trail offers a magical experience for all ages,” says Mike Chumbler, Boyne Highlands Resort’s president and general manager.  “It’s a really serene and peaceful walk culminating at a beautifully designed yurt where beverages are served, and guests can gather round a bonfire, before journeying back.”


The trail totals two miles roundtrip, and features the twinkling of hundreds of lights strewn throughout the path.  Guests can opt to walk, or snowshoe the trail with snowshoes available for rent.  Tickets are $15 per person, and The Enchanted Trail is open on weekends and holidays with departures from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Hot chocolate and s’mores are included.  A cash bar is available and beverage tickets can be purchased in advance for the event.


Reservations are required and can be made online at boynehighlands.com. Social distancing should be practiced on the trail and face masks are required inside the yurt and anytime six feet cannot be maintained from other parties. 



BOYNE HIGHLANDS/HARBOR SPRINGS – Boyne Highlands Resort is opening in phases, first to season passholders, Ikon passholders, and resort lodging guests, and then to day ticket guests.  It is strongly advised that lift tickets be purchased online to secure access to the slopes. Upon opening, lift hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended night skiing hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., beginning on December 26 and running daily through the holidays.


“We realize the season will be different, but we are excited and thankful to have the opportunity to enjoy winter sports,” said Mike Chumbler, Boyne Highlands’ president and general manager.  “We know our passholders and guests are as eager as we are to be underway, and we encourage everyone to review our safety protocols before hitting the slopes.  Working together, and masking up, will allow us all to have a safe and fun winter season.”


In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Boyne Highlands is opening for winter season lodging stays beginning on December 16, and will also have equipment rental, retail, food and beverage offerings, and more opening for the season. 


For complete information on Boyne Highlands’ winter operations plans, visit boynehighlands.com/what-to-expect. 



For lodging reservations or resort information, visit boynehighlands.com or call 866.759.3530.


BOYNE MOUNTAIN/BOYNE FALLS  – Boyne Mountain Resort in northern Michigan opened its slopes for the 20/21 winter season on Wednesday, December 16.  In an effort to properly space eager skiers and snowboarders and roll out the best possible start to the season, the resort is first opening to season passholders, Ikon passholders, and resort lodging guests.  Daily lift ticket holders can begin accessing the slopes on Saturday, December 19.  The resort is limiting the number of lift tickets available this season, and it is highly recommended to buy online in advance to ensure availability on peak dates, including Saturdays and holidays.  Slope hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended night skiing hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., beginning on December 26. 


“Opening day of ski season is a date we always look forward to, and this year it feels even more special to be welcoming our friends back to the slopes,” said Ed Grice, Boyne Mountain’s president and general manager.  “While many things are different this year, including within our operations, it’s important that we all pull together to make this a safe and enjoyable season.  The outdoors are open and we’re excited to kick off this season!”


Guests heading to the resort this winter can read and watch an informative video about what to expect this season by visiting boynemountain.com.


In addition to winter sports, the resort also has lodging, equipment rental, retail, spa operations, and more available to guests.  Several restaurants are open for pick-up and delivery options, and the resort has expanded the convenience of grab-and-go food and drinks with additional Alpen Huts and food trucks, including the new National Coney Island stand. 


For lodging reservations or resort information, visit boynemountain.com or call 866.759.1472. 



A popular northern Michigan winter activity is still going to happen this year but it could look a little bit different. Ski resorts said while things will look different they believe guests will still be able to have a lot of fun. See the report on Up North Live...


As the winter season approaches, ski resorts are gearing up for visitors to hit their slopes. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire has some new plans the ski season this year. See the report on TV 9&10...

NUB'S NOB -- Ski Season 2020-21

(September 3, 2020) -- As skiers and riders we are all wondering what winter will look like during the age of COVID-19. Things can change quickly, but here is what we know right now:

  • Skiing and riding will be allowed at Nub's Nob.
  • We do not plan to limit season pass sales.
  • We do not plan to have reservations for skiing.
  • Face masks will be required on chairlifts and indoor spaces.
  • Indoor spaces will be restricted or possibly unavailable.
  • Most events will need to be altered and some may not happen.

Life with COVID-19 requires all of us to adjust our expectations. This winter at Nub’s Nob we plan to enjoy the same great skiing and riding as always while we navigate these adjustments together. Many of the amenities that we are accustomed to will operate differently, and some may not be available. Our continued focus this season and every season is to provide the Midwest's Best Snow with first-class and friendly service. All of us at Nub's Nob are looking forward to welcoming you back to the slopes.


What's New?

In preparation for the upcoming ski season the Nub’s Crew focused on improvements to the outdoor spaces: 

  • We repainted the exterior of all the buildings.
  • Repaved the parking lot and entrance road.
  • Expanded the Winter Garden- adding a food truck style venue, more seating and a fire pit.
  • Created an outdoor pick-up window off the Nub’s Pub for slope-side food and drink.
  • Improved the skiing on Valley by taking down the Blue Lift, removing trees, relocating snowmaking equipment and widened the slope with extensive earthwork.

More at NubsNob.com


One-Piece Nordic Walking Poles Radically Improve Balance, Stability, And Gait -- NO Longer Just For Athletes, Backpackers & Expert Skiers Deprived Of Snow!


Over 12 million Europeans are walking with special Nordic Ski Walking Poles (ALL ages and ALL fitness levels). This amazing new fitness activity turbocharges the typical walking regimen. Nordic Walking burns up to 40% more calories than regular walking. Using the correct length poles automatically improves walking posture. The correct length poles trick us into standing taller and help to radically reduce the stress to the shins, knees, hips, and back. Nordic Walking is ideal for athletes, kids, adults of all ages, and even folks with balance issues.


Every day, here at SKIWALKING.COM LLC and The American Nordic Walking System, we receive thank you emails and wonderful reviews from happy customers - including folks with bad/new knees, bad/new hips, back problems, balance, and other issues. One of our first customers asked if our walking poles would help improve her balance problems stemming from an inner ear issue. At the time, I wasn’t sure, but I did share with her several impressive success stories from individuals with knee, hip and/or back problems. By using the correct length poles, she was able to navigate even the roughest terrain with balance and security provided by the poles. She has been successfully using our Swix VIP Nordic Walking Poles for years now.


Nordic Walking’s winning combination of improved posture, and unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action and shock absorbing benefits - helping many individuals to walk comfortably again. Nordic Walking Poles are helping individuals with balance issues, knee issues, hip issues, back issues (including those with rods in their back), weight issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),  diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. Nordic Walking poles are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely, and effectively launch much-needed walking campaigns.


While hosting Nordic Walking at The Fitness Center in Traverse City, Michigan, I was introduced to Michelle Honer. Michelle had signed up to participate in one of my Ski Walking Classes. When she walked up the handicap ramp prior to the class with her cane, it was apparent that she had some balance issues. Michelle informed her classmates that she had MS. Our 1st Ski Walk was only a few blocks down and back. Within several weeks we were covering about 2 miles in one hour.


For seven prior years, Michelle had ridden an electric scooter in the Traverse City MS Walk. Michelle’s Nordic Walking Poles helped to enable her to walk the 5K (3.1 miles). Local newspapers and TV stations have covered her remarkable story.


"My special Nordic Walking poles have allowed me to walk taller, faster, further and with much more stability than with my cane. Their one-piece design is so much better than my old adjustable poles that broke unexpectedly at an extremely inconvenient time," says Michelle.


Michelle became an official Ski Walking Ambassador for SKIWALKING.COM and proudly wore her Ski Walking Shirt made of organic cotton while assisting at many of my Nordic Walking Clinics. Michelle’s success with the walking poles encouraged me to host free Nordic Walking Clinics at MS Support Group meetings. She suggested that I also contact the Jimmie Heuga Center in Colorado. The Heuga Center is dedicated to helping those with MS lead healthier and happier lives.


A few summers back we hosted free Nordic Walking Clinics and donated our SWIX Nordic Walking Poles to Wounded Warriors at Fort Carson in Colorado. Many of these American heroes came to our clinics using canes and walkers. One Wounded Warrior had just been released from his wheelchair. ALL found that using the correct length poles really did radically improve balance, stability, and gait. Our one-piece poles are much more stable then collapsible poles. 32 different lengths ensure a perfect fit.


We receive thank you letters and emails every day from super happy customers. Here are a couple of wonderful examples:


I just returned from a 14-day trip to London and Ireland. I was able to do almost everything using my walking poles or "walking sticks" as they call them in England and Ireland. I could not have considered this trip without my "walking sticks," and I am grateful for them. I hope all Parkinson's patients will be able to make use of "walking sticks."

Again, thanks for making my once in a lifetime adventure a reality.



We've been Ski Walking every day, and I am truly amazed watching Linda with her new walking poles. If I didn't know that Linda had MS and the related gate problems that most MS patients have, I would not have believed it! She walks "normal" whatever that is? Your poles are great!



My husband bought me your poles for my birthday last week. I LOVE them. I have MS and walk with a slight limp, and my balance is off sometimes. I am now walking in the park at a brisk walk every day for about 1 1/2 miles. Thank you so much. They make a big difference in my walking. I told him they are the best birthday present he has ever bought me. Thanks again.



It may sound like magic, but it is just good physics. The key is using "perfect length" Nordic Walking Poles. The perfect length poles actually trick us into walking with a super straight back - better walking posture is biomechanically a good thing. This improved walking posture, when combined with the unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action of walking with poles, radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips, and back. Nordic Walking is low impact and yet provides a highly effective workout - burning more calories and working more muscle groups than regular walking. 


We recommend quality one-piece poles that won’t collapse unexpectedly. One-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles. Our one-piece poles are doctor recommended.  Adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles should NEVER be recommended to anyone with a balance issue. Hundreds of backpackers have tumbled when their telescoping poles unexpectedly collapsed, sometimes causing severe injuries. 


According to Nick Mahood, SWIX USA Nordic Walking Director, "Pete Edwards, the American Nordic Walking System and SKIWALKING.COM LLC's owner/found/coach, has single-handedly introduced thousands of Americans to Nordic Walking through his enthusiastic Nordic Walking clinics! I have no doubt that Edwards is the #1 retailer of Nordic Walking Poles in the USA! You can quote me on that!"



For more information, pictures, info on how to get started, and how to buy – please contact:

The American Nordic Walking System 



Phone: 231-334-3080