Nub’s Nob is taking down its beloved blue chairlift—and you can buy a chair.

Dear Nub’s Nob Skiers & Snowboarders,

All of us at Nub’s Nob love the Blue chairlift. The Blue is the shortest lift that accesses our popular front side terrain. Many of us enjoyed countless rides on this beloved lift to lap Smokey, Valley, Scarface or Smooth Sailing. Despite our affection for the Blue, it’s time to retire the lift.

The Blue chairlift was manufactured by Poma/Miner-Denver and was erected in 1971. The lift has been cared for by our Crew for nearly 50 years. Over time, finding parts to maintain the lift has become increasingly difficult. The manufacturer no longer supplies the parts we need to service the lift. Instead of running the lift with limited access to essential parts, we have decided to take the lift down this summer.

We are losing the Blue, but we will be gaining better skiing on Valley. All of the lift towers will come down and the snowmaking installations will be moved closer to the woods. This will create extra space on top of the hill and dramatically expand the width of the run.

We will be selling half of the chairs from the Blue lift; a sign-up sheet is at the front desk. Chairs will sell for $400 and are limited to one per season pass holder family. If more than 25 people request to purchase chairs, we will randomly pull 25 names off the list (only one name per family may be entered). We will call the 25 selected pass holders immediately following the last day of ski season. The remaining chairs we will hold back for future local charity auctions and decorative use around Nub’s. The Blue chair has been good to us and we hope it can continue to give back to serve local nonprofits.

On the last day of the season (scheduled for April 5) we will have one last farewell running of the Blue lift.

If you have and questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me anytime at (231) 526-2131 or


Ben Doornbos & the Nub’s Crew