It’s getting close. . .that time of year when we can finally go skiing and snowboarding in the Twin Cities. We’re trying to be patient, but since it’s always on our minds we thought we’d treat our Twin Cities newcomers to a quick list of some local favorite snowboarding and skiing areas.
Hyland Hills Ski Area
Closest to home, Hyland Hills offers more than snowboarding and skiing near Minneapolis, they also offer snowshoeing and they have a SnowSports Academy where noobies can learn how to snowboard in Minneapolis.
Hyland closed early last Sunday with promises to blow some new snow before opening again this Saturday at 9 a.m. The best way to find out what’s going on there this early in the season is to follow them on Facebook.
Get prices, hours and other information here. The Hyland Hills Ski Area is located at 8800 Chalet Road in Bloomington, on the northeast side of Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington. Get directions here.
Skiing, snowboarding and tubing – you can do them all at Buck Hill in Burnsville. They boast that they “have more snowmaking horsepower per acre than any other area in the Midwest,” so take them up on that promise and get out there and play.
Or, to be extra sure, check out the web cams on the Buck Hill website. The terrain park cam is here and the clock tower cam is here (you can check out the lifts from here). Buck Hill is located at 15400 Buck Hill Road in Burnsville. Get directions on Buck Hill’s website.
Bring the kids with you when you go to snowboard or ski at Afton Alps. They can hang out at the Children’s Learning Center and Kids Adventure Zone (sign them up for a lesson in the Meadows Chalet). Then you can hit the 300 acres on skis or snowboard. Afton Alps also offers 18 lifts, 50 trails and four terrain parks.
Afton Alps closed early on Sunday as well and promised to get the snow-making done by today or tomorrow. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with the early-season schedule or check out the live web cams on their website.
Afton Alps is located at 6600 Peller Ave. S in Hastings.
When you’re thinking of snowboarding and skiing in Minneapolis, if you’re up for a bit of a longer drive, head to Welch Village in Welch, about an hour southeast of Minneapolis. Twin City-ites LOVE this place. They offer more than 140 acres of ski terrain and more than 60 runs. With a drop of 360 feet it’s just slightly more than Afton Alps.
Make a weekend of it by staying at an area hotel (here’s a list) and you’ll be the first to the lifts in the morning! Welch Village is located at 26685 County Road 7 Boulevard in Welch.
Have a great Minneapolis week!