Explore Minnesota Slopes

Explore Minnesota Slopes

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Hastings, MN

Minnesota’s slopes offer affordable adventure close to home for Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. In the northeast, there’s a trio of destination downhill resorts featuring some of the biggest hills in the Midwest, complete with exciting terrain parks, lodging and entertainment.

Visitors to the Twin Cities area will find an array of excellent downhill areas. Elsewhere around the state are hills where novices can get their start on the slopes and experts can challenge themselves on steep, advanced runs.

Many have terrain parks with lots of features for snowboarders and some have tubing hills, where the youngest in the family can get in on the downhill fun.

1. Afton Alps Ski Area

Afton Alps Ski Area

6600 Peller Avenue South Hastings, MN, 55033

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Afton Alps Ski Area
651-436-5245 or 800-328-1328
Website: www.aftonalps.com

Afton Alps offers skiing and snowboarding. We have nearly 300 acres located in the beautiful Saint Croix River Valley, just minutes from the Twin Cities. Afton offers 50 runs, 18 chairlifts, two wonder carpet conveyors, five chalets and three rental shops. Our ski and ride school is one of the best and largest in the Midwest providing programs for all abilities. Come enjoy a fantastic experience filled with variety, great service and endless fun!
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2. Andes Tower Hills

Andes Tower Hills

4505 Andes Road Southwest, Kensington, MN 56343, USA

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Andes Tower Hills
320 965-2455
Website: www.andestowerhills.com

"I never knew it would be this nice" is the phrase we most often hear as families discover the best-kept ski secret in the state of Minnesota. With three chairlifts, 15 downhill runs and two terrain parks, we have something for everyone. We also have six tubing runs and 15 km of some of Minnesota's best cross-country ski trails. In addition, we have a full-service pro shop, grill, rental shop and ski school. So come, discover for yourself, your favorite winter playground out west in Minnesota.
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3. Buck Hill

Buck Hill

15400 Buck Hill Road Burnsville, MN, 55306

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Buck Hill
952-435-7174
Website: www.buckhill.com/winter

Serious winter fun is what it's all about at Buck Hill! Buck Hill offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing within 15 minutes of either downtown Minneapolis or St.Paul. Day or night, weekend or weekday, Buck Hill is buzzing with excitement. Buck Hill features the longest magic carpet in the USA featuring a covered bridge over another trail, making learning to ski and snowboard easier and more exciting than ever. Voted best place to snow tube in Minnesota (Minnesota Monthly 2011). So remember this winter you don't have to travel far, go to Buck Hill where winter fun is number one!
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4. Buena Vista Ski Area

Buena Vista Ski Area

19600 Irvine Avenue Northwest Bemidji, MN, 56601

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Buena Vista Ski Area
218-243-2231 or 800-777-7958
Website: www.bvskiarea.com

Downhill skiers, snowboarders & tubers will find Buena Vista to be the area's premier spot to enjoy their sport. Sitting astride the continental divide, there are 16 downhill runs, the longest (2,000 feet) boasting a 230-foot drop. The ski area features four chairlifts, a beginners tow, and a three-story chalet with warming fireplace and cafe.
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5. Coffee Mill Ski & Snowboard Resort

Coffee Mill Ski & Snowboard Resort

101 Coulee Way Wabasha, MN, 55981

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Coffee Mill Ski & Snowboard Resort
651-656-2777
Website: www.coffeemillski.com

Coffee Mill, named after a historic navigational point along the mighty Mississippi, offers the best of coulee skiing with a unique "bowl" arrangement for convenient lift accessibility and protection from cold winter winds. Extra long slopes combined with high-capacity chairs provide a skiing experience second to none.

From the gentle slopes of Chippewa to the radical pitch of O'Chute, each run is obscured from the next by an abundant growth of birch, oaks and pines. Modern snowmaking and daily grooming insure great snow throughout the season. The majestic area offers fantastic views of river valleys and two states with unparalleled beauty.
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6. Detroit Mountain Recreation Area

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area

29409 170 St, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501, USA

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Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
218-844-SNOW (7669)
Website: www.detroitmountain.com

Opening in November 2014, Minnesota's newest downhill ski area is Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes. With 15 downhill runs, a terrain park & tubing hill, cross-country & snowshoe trails, there are outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone.

Once the snow melts, mountain biking, hiking and birding trails and a skills park make Detroit Mountain a year-round destination.
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7. Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Center

12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369, USA

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Tucked away within the Three Rivers Park District's Elm Creek Recreation Area in Maple Grove, Minnesota the winter recreation area has everything for winter fun. The area features a lighted snow-tubing hill, beginner downhill ski and snowboard area and terrain park, and lighted cross-country ski trails, all with snowmaking. The area has a large lodge featuring outstanding food, equipment rentals, and the acclaimed Three Rivers Park District SnowSports Academy. Elm Creek is great fun for families and groups alike! http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/elm-creek-park/winter-recreation-area.aspx

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8. Giants Ridge

Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort

6325 Wynne Creek Drive Biwabik, MN, 55708

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Giants Ridge Ski Resort
800-688-SNOW (7669)
Website: www.giantsridge.com

Giants Ridge is Minnesota's Finest Ski Area, offering 35 downhill runs, the hottest terrain parks in the Midwest, over 60km of Nordic trails, snowshoe trails, and an amazing snow tubing park! You'll enjoy breathtaking views adjacent to the Superior National Forest no matter what winter sport you choose, along with clean fresh air and peaceful quiet. A visit to Giants Ridge provides amazing connections to nature and the great outdoors. Start planning your trip today and check out our great winter packages to save you and your family money. Your winter adventure starts here, at Giants Ridge!
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9. Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

8800 Chalet Road Minneapolis, MN, 55438

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Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area
763-694-7800
Website: www.threeriversparks.org/parks/hyland-lake-park/hyland-ski-and-snowboard-area.aspx

Located within Three Rivers Park District, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, five minutes from the Mall of America, just south of Interstate 494 and Highway 100 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Hyland is known for some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest and its terrain park is full of progressive and innovative features The 1,000-acre park reserve features extensive winter recreational activities including lighted cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails and a Nordic ski jumping complex.
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10. Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen Mountains

Superior National Forest Ski Hill Road Tofte, MN, 55615

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Lutsen Mountains
218-406-1320
Website: www.lutsen.com

Lutsen Mountains offers mountain skiing without the airfare with four mountains, 92 runs and a 1,000-foot vertical. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy terrain for all abilities from easy cruisers to back country terrain, two mountain chalets, the Midwest's only gondola, and phenomenal views of Lake Superior. Terrain park features are available on all four mountains, including advanced jibs and jumps at the Timberwolf Park on Moose Mountain. Dozens of lodging facilities in the area, including ski-in/ski-out resorts and affordable hotels, are all available with lift-and-lodging packages on Lutsen.com. Entertainment and activities are available daily with weekends highlighted by apres ski acoustic and late night live music at Papa Charlie's.
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11. Mount Kato Ski Area

Mount Kato

20461 Highway 66 Mankato, MN, 56001

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Mount Kato Ski Area
507-625-3363 or 800-668-5286
Website: www.mountkato.com

Mount KatoSki Area is located in the thick of the scenic valley that runs along the Minnesota River, just one mile south of Mankato. 19 trails and eight chairlifts make for a non-crowded experience for all skier abilities. Unwind in our large chalet with great food or enjoy flame-grilled food and your favorite beverage in The Lift Bar. Non-skiers can enjoy our snow tubing with two tows. Ski great snow at Mount Kato!
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12. Mount Ski Gull

Mount Ski Gull

9898 County Road 77 Southwest, Nisswa, MN, United States

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Ski Gull
Phone: 218-963-4353
Website: www.skigull.com

Mount Ski Gull operates a registered non-profit 501c3 facility that receives no local, state or federal funding. Lift tickets and season pass sales provide only a portion of Mount Ski Gull's annual income. The ski hill relies on fundraising, grants, donations, partnerships and volunteers. Mount Ski Gull's focus is to provide equal access to all constituents regardless of disability, age or economic status. Our focus is to provide equal accessibility to all users of Mount Ski Gull.

We offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing in one convenient location. Helping our community to become a better place to live has been our guiding principle for 50 years. Mount Ski Gull's mission is to provide challenging activities in a fun and healthy environment, which empowers youth to develop confidence, competency and compassion.

These skills and values help shape the character of our youth. Every child and young adult interested should be able to take full advantage of the opportunities we provide, regardless of their financial situation.
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13. Powder Ridge Ski Area

Powder Ridge Ski Area

15009-15393 93rd Avenue Kimball, MN, 55353

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Powder Ridge Winter Recreation Area
320-398-7200 or 800-348-7734
Website: www.powderridge.com

Located just northwest of the Twin Cities, Powder Ridge is easily accessible from Interstate 94 or Highway 55. Our 15 trails sit high above the local landscape creating a panoramic view of the surrounding area. A large chalet with two food service areas and an adult lounge create a comfortable atmosphere to relax between runs. Snow tubing is available for non-skiers or boarders, and a terrain park with its own tow is a hit with our more adventurous guests.
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14. Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain

Superior Hiking Trail Duluth, MN, 55808

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Spirit Mountain
218-628-2891 or 800-642-6377
Website: www.spiritmt.com

Spirit Mountain is located in Duluth, Minn., overlooking the majestic Lake Superior. With 22 downhill runs, 22 km of Nordic ski trails and "SoBe Terrain Park," the Midwest's largest, there is something here for everyone. Rental equipment, lessons, food, drinks, entertainment, child care, children's programs and more! And when your day on the slopes is done, the entire city of Duluth is waiting for you. Whether you're looking for a symphony concert, candle-lit dinner for two and a relaxing bed-and-breakfast; or a college hockey game, live music and a night out dancing, Duluth has it. So head to Duluth, where your ski trip is so much more than skiing!
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15. Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area

Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area

Cannon Valley Trail Welch, MN, 55089

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Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area
651-258-4567
Website: www.welchvillage.com

Located less than an hour southeast of the Twin Cities and north of Rochester in the Cannon River Valley, Welch Village Resort has 61 including the Back Bowl. Welch Village is one of the largest in the region, offering some of the best terrain, snowmaking and grooming, while remaining one of the favorites of Midwest skiers and boarders. From Heidi's Hollow to Chicken and the back bowl chutes, we offer terrain for all levels and abilities. At our Skilink Learning Center, where the emphasis is on families, lesson packages are geared to get the beginner hooked on skiing or riding for a great value while enticing them to become part of our season membership. Winter camping for groups and two chalets, which include our Snowflake Deli and Madd Jaxx Grille and Bar, add to the great experience of skiing or riding at Welch Village.
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16. Wild Mountain

Wild Mountain

37200 Wild Mountain Road Taylors Falls, MN, 55084

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Wild Mountain
651-465-6315
Website: www.wildmountain.com

Located in beautiful Taylors Falls (less than an hour from the Twin Cities), Wild Mountain offers great terrain spread over 100 acres in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. There are runs for all abilities, from Northern Route, a beginner 1-mile run that wraps through the beautiful north woods; to the Wall, a double black diamond; plus four terrain parks to cover all abilities. We offer one of the largest snowmaking and grooming fleets in the Midwest, which enables us to make excellent slope conditions regardless of the snow in your backyard. We offer lessons for all ages & abilities seven days/nights a week. In addition to great skiing and snowboarding we also have snow tubing. Wild Chutes Snow Tubing is one of the biggest snow tubing hills in Minnesota. A conveyor takes you to the top of the hill with ease, and then you can tube down one of the many lanes by yourself, in a chain, or in a big group of people.
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