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Afton Alps – Hastings, MN 55033
651-436-5245 or 800-328-1328

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Afton Alps offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. We have nearly 300 acres located in the beautiful Saint Croix River Valley, just minutes from the Twin Cities. Afton offers 49 runs, 18 chairlifts, 3 wonder carpet conveyors, 5 chalets, and 3 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!

Andes Tower Hills – Alexandria, MN 56343
320 965-2455

"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 3 chairlifts, 15 downhill runs and 2 terrain parks, we have something for everyone. We also have a 6 tubing runs and 15K 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.

Blackjack Mountain – Bessemer, MI 49911
906 229-5115


Buck Hill – Burnsville, MN 55306

Hill Cam
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 snowtube 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!

Buena Vista – Bemidji, MN 56601


Coffee Mill Ski Area – Wabasha, MN 55981

Coffee Mill Ski and Snowboard Resort is located 90 miles South of the Twin Cities, nestled in the majestic Mississippi River valley. With beautiful views of the valley below, skiers and snowboarders enjoy long slopes and no lift lines. With 12 runs and 3 lifts we have terrain for everyone. We have 3 terrain parks, one with it's own handle tow. The Coffee Cafe serves a variety of wholesome, homemade food, with great daily specials.

Elm Creek Winter Rec. Area – Maple Grove, MN 55369

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!

Giants Ridge – Biwabik, MN 55708
800-688-SNOW (7669)

Rated as Minnesota's #1 Ski Resort (SKI Magazine), Giants Ridge offers 35 alpine runs, 60 km of cross country ski trails, four terrain parks and a snow tubing park. Experience our 140 foot Magic Carpet conveyor lift for all types of riders! Great sleep & ski packages. Just three hours north of the Twin Cities. Visit giantsridge.com for more information.

Granite Peak – Wausau, WI 54402


Hyland Ski & Snowboard – Bloomington, MN 55438

Hill Cam
Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area is 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.

Indianhead Mountain – Wakefield, MI 49968

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Indianhead Mountain Resort is a four-season resort offering 29 downhill skiing slopes, snowboarding and an average of 17 feet of snow per year. The village and resort facilities are located on top of the mountain overlooking the Ottawa National Forest. Indianhead boasts award-winning dining, lodging, live entertainment and full-service conference/banquet facilities.

Lutsen Mountains – Lutsen, MN 55612

Lutsen Mountains offers Mountain Skiing Without the Airfare with 4 mountains, 92 runs, and 1000' vertical. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy terrain for all abilities from easy cruisers to backcountry terrain, two mountain chalets, the Midwest's only gondola, and phenomenal views of Lake Superior. Terrain park features are available on all 4 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 hotel packages - all available as 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.

Mont Du Lac – Superior, WI 54880
218 626-3797


Mount Kato – Mankato, MN 56001

Mount Kato is located in the thick of the scenic valley that runs along the Minnesota River, just one mile south of Mankato. 19 trails and 8 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 2 tows. Ski Great Snow at Mount Kato!

Mount Ski Gull – Brainerd, MN 56468
218 963-4353

Mt. Ski Gull is located 12 miles NW of Brainerd, 2 hours north of the Twin Cities. We have 12 runs, a triple chair lift, a high-speed rope tow, bunny hill, NEW terrain park, night skiing on ALL runs, 1000 ft. long tubing hill w/a hands free rope tow, full rental department for skiing & snowboarding, warm up in our chalet by the fireplace, we have food, beverages, beer & wine.

Powder Ridge – Kimball, MN 55353

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.

Spirit Mountain – Duluth, MN 55810

Spirit Mountain is located in Duluth, MN 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 & 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!

Trollhaugen – Dresser, WI 54009

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Located just 1 hour away from the Twin cities metro in Dresser, WI - Trollhaugen operates for over 120 days of skiing and snowboarding a year. Trollhaugen has 22 runs, 3 chairlifts, 2 terrain parks (each with rope tow access), and 6 rope tows. Trollhaugen is open until 3AM on Friday nights from late November to March, and lift tickets are only $15 from 10pm to 3am. We offer great deals on lessons for youth and adults alike. We also have 2.5K of XC skiing and a tubing park. With something for everyone - go out and ride the Troll.

Welch Village – Welch, MN 55089

Local line: 651-258-4567
Located less than an hour SE of the Twin Cities and north of Rochester in the Cannon River Valley, Welch Village Resort is expanding from 50 to 61 runs for the 08-09 season with the addition of the New Back Bowl. Eleven new runs, a new quad chairlift, and additional snowmaking will make Welch Village 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 new Snowflake Deli and Madd Jaxx Grille and Bar add to the great experience of skiing or riding at Welch Village.

Wild Mountain – Taylors Falls, MN 55084

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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 run 1 mile long that wraps through the beautiful north woods, to the Wall, a double black diamond, 4 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 7 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 MN. A conveyor takes you to the top of the hill with ease & then you can tube down one of the many lanes by yourself, in a chain, or in a big group of people.