Buck Hill Ski Area, Minnesota

Buck Hill

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 a number of other ski areas across the country, including Bromley Mountain in Vermont. His plan was to run a chain of ski areas from coast to coast. Unfortunately, he ran into a number of seasons with no natural snow. Without the benefit of today’s snowmaking technology, the ski areas closed.

Today, Buck Hill is still owned by the Stone family. Buck is still operated with the family in mind, offering a full range of skiing programs for the young and young-at-heart. Buck’s reputation as a quality ski area is known across the country. Our racing program is also nationally-acclaimed. Ski Magazine calls Buck the "Legendary capital of American ski racing." Buck Hill has had many Olympians including Lindsay Vonn, Kristina Koznick and Tasha Nelson all who started their skiing careers as members of the Buck Hill Ski Racing Team.

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Mountain Statistics for Buck Hill Ski Area
Base Elevation: 0 ft (0 meters)
Summit Elevation: 0 ft (0 m)
Vertical Drop: 310 ft (94 m)
Skiable Area: 45 acres (18 hectares)
Annual Snowfall: 60 in (152 cm)
Longest Run: 1,250 ft (381 m)
Snowmaking: 100 %
Number of Lifts: 9
Uphill Lift Capacity: 6,000 per hour
Types of Lifts: 1 Tubing carpet
3 Rope Tows
2 Magic Carpet (including the longest one in the United States!)
1 Triple Chair
2 Quad Chairs
Number of Trails: 16
Trail Ratings for Buck Hill Ski Area
Easiest: Easiest 40%
More Difficult: More Difficult 40%
Most Difficult: Most Difficult 20%
Experts Only: Experts Only 0%
Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.
Area Details for Buck Hill Ski Area
Alpine Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Half Pipe: Yes
Nearby Snow Tubing: Yes