Minnesota Ski Resorts is a guide to ski and snowboard areas in Minnesota.

Ski Areas in Minnesota


Mount Kato Ski Area

Mount Kato Ski Area is located in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. With 19 trails on 55 skiable acres and eight chairlifts (five quad and three double), Mount Kato offers the Midwestern skier a short lift line and a good choice of beginner and intermediate runs. There is a two-level chalet, cafeteria, rental shop, ski shop and certified ski school on the premises. Adult beginners may want to take advantage of a free lesson, available when renting a full set of equipment. You must…

Welch Village Ski Area

Thanks to Ski Magazine, Welch Village has been ranked as a superior ski and snowboarding resort. Every year since the first in 1965, Welch has made changes designed to make your visit a memorable one. Welch has modified slopes, broadened the High Performance rental selection, and added many new learning programs. Also Welch boasts a new a new expanded base lodge along with brand new state of the art food service. With eight chairlifts, 50 runs, over 100 snow guns, daily grooming,…

Chester Bowl Park

Chester Bowl is a beautiful 117 acre park in Duluth, MN. In the winter the alpine hill, with a double chair lift and 175 feet of drop, handles up to 960 skiers per hour. The park also features ice skating, as well as 3 km of unlighted intermediate cross-country ski trails with a mix of woods, glade and a scenic overlook of the city and lake. During the summer the park has exciting youth programs and concerts. It also features beautiful hiking trails, fishing and soccer fields. The…

Andes Tower Hills

Andes Tower Hills offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and cross country skiing. Not to mention all kinds of crazy things you will fall in love with like garbage bag races, radar runs, water cup races, and who knows what else. Fun is never hard to find here even on the coldest winter day. From beginner to expert, there are 16 downhill runs, 2 triple chair lifts, 1 quad lift, a tow rope on the bunny hill, and a dual sided tube lift. There are more than 20k of groomed cross country trails…

Buck Hill Ski Area

In 1954, a cleared slope, a small building and a rope tow appeared just south of the Minnesota River. It was called Buck Hill. Steadily, it began to grow. Four years later, Buck boasted 4 lifts and 3 slopes. Already its proximity to the Twin Cities and the variety of challenging runs was winning Buck ardent fans. The present-day location of Buck Hill actually got its start as a ski area in the 1930’s. Fred Pabst, of the famous brewing family, started a ski area on this site. He also owned…

Buena Vista Ski Area

Buena Vista is located on the Continental Divide where waters flow north to the Hudson Bay and south to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy breathtaking views from the summit. And continue to take in the sights from the entire resort, including all 15 ski runs, the three story rustic chalet, 25 km of groomed cross-country trails winding through the forest and also the pioneer village with bunkhouse sleeping facilities. Buena Vista features the Continental Cafe, extensive ski rentals, ski shop,…

Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen Mountains is located near Lake Superior and is the largest and highest ski area in mid-America. The four mountains, interconnected by lifts and trails spread over 1,000 acres, are similar in scale to some Western areas. Lutsen consists of four mountains with 87 runs on 462 skiable acres, a 988-foot area vertical rise, and an 825 foot lift-serviced vertical rise. It benefits from the natural snow generated from storms off Lake Superior and boasts the Midwest's largest…

Coffee Mill

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…

Giants Ridge Resort

Enjoy the best in Midwest skiing and snowboarding at Giants Ridge, near Biwabik, Minnesota. With 35 alpine ski runs, more than 60 km of groomed cross country ski trails and the best snowboarding in terrain park in Minnesota, Giants Ridge ski resort has everything you could want for your Minnesota winter vacation.

Wild Mountain Ski Area

Nestled deep within the St. Croix River Valley, just an hour north of the Twin Cities, Wild Mountain is a beautiful wooded area for skiing and snowboarding—7 days and 7 nights a week. With 26 runs and a variety of terrain from beginner to advanced, Wild Mountain is the perfect place for all types of snowsports enthusiasts. In addition they have a well equipped large terrain park and two mini terrain parks, as well the Wild Chutes Snowtubing Area. They also offer four 4 quad lifts, a…

Powder Ridge Ski Area

With 15 trails over 60 skiable acres, 100 percent snowmaking coverage and a vertical of 310, Powder Ridge offers a selection of runs varying from beginner to expert. The runs are serviced by a quad chairlift and two double chairs. All the trails are lit for night skiing. How to Get There Powder Ridge Ski Area is located just an hour's drive from the Twin Cities. From the north, Powder Ridge is 15 miles south of St. Cloud on Highway 15. From the south, take Highway 55 to…

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain is situated at the tip of Lake Superior about 150 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and it overlooks the City of Duluth. Spirit Mountain offers 23 trails and 175 skiable acres served by one quad chairlift, a high-speed quad, two triple chairlifts, a double lift and three rope tows. Snowboarders are welcome and will find waves, air jumps, slide rails and spines at the "Big Air Terrain Park". Cross-country skiers can enjoy 22 km of double-tracked, groomed…

Afton Alps Ski Area

Afton Alps is nestled in the rolling hills of the scenic St. Croix River Valley and surrounded on three sides by Afton State Park. Winter at Afton Alps means snow and excitement. Day or night, Afton Alps is the place to experience the challenges and exhilaration of great skiing and spectacular scenery. With 49 trails serviced by 18 chairlifts and snowmaking covering 100 percent of the ski area, Afton Alps will keep you skiing / snowboarding. Afton Alps has five chalets and three…

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

The Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area is owned and operated by the Three Rivers Park District. Hyland is located five minutes from the Mall of America, just south of Interstate 494 and Highway 100 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The ski area is nestled within the 1,000-acre Hyland Park Reserve, which offers extensive winter recreational activities including lighted cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails and a Nordic ski jumping complex. Lessons and rentals are available. Hyland Ski &…