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

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 48 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

"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.

Big Powderhorn Mtn – Bessemer, MI 49911


Buck Hill – Burnsville, MN 55306

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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. New this year 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. So remember this winter you don't have to travel far, go to Buck Hill where winter fun is number one!

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!

Explore Minnesota

Explore Minnesota Tourism is your gateway to winter fun in Minnesota. Use the mapping features on exploreminnesota.com to find lodging near ski areas, or to find other things to do when you're not hitting the slopes. Learn about preferred vacation spots from those who have traveled Minnesota through our My Favorite MinnesotaT campaign - or tell your own story. Get out and Explore Minnesota!

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 and two terrain parks. 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.

Hyland Ski & Snowboard – Bloomington, MN 55438

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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

With ski-in/ski out accommodations, two mountain chalets, the Midwest's only gondola, aprés ski, live music every weekend, events and festivals, affordable packages and more, Lutsen Mountains provides a classic winter vacation without the airfare. Check out the new terrain park with 20 stunts spread over Mystery Mountain!

– 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!

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.


For information about ski areas throughout the Midwest visit Snowplaces.com, the official website of the Midwest Ski Areas Association.

Trollhaugen – Dresser, WI 54009

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Trollhaugen Winter Recreation Area is nestled in Dresser, WI, less than an hour away from the Twin Cites to the Northeast. We offer something for all winter sports enthusiasts, whether it's alpine or cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and even occasional events such as snowshoeing or skijoring. If you are looking for some great family fun, friendly faces, great instructors, and even greater conditions, come out to Trollhaugen, and see if you can spot 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, (Only 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, 2 terrain parks & a half pipe. 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 hill 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.