Get Stoked on Minnesota Slopes

By Explore Minnesota

Snowboarder

Minnesota’s slopes offer affordable downhill adventure. In the northeast, there’s a trio of resorts featuring some of the biggest hills in the Midwest, complete with exciting terrain parks, lodging and evening entertainment. Twin Cities area visitors will find an array of excellent downhill areas. Elsewhere around the state are hills where novices can get their start on the slopes and experts can challenge themselves on advanced runs. All have terrain parks for snowboarders, and some have tubing hills, where the youngest in the family can get in on the downhill fun.

NORTHEAST SLOPES

Chester Bowl, Duluth
Vertical Drop: 200 ft. Longest Run: 500 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, cross-country ski
 

Giants Ridge, Biwabik
Vertical Drop: 500 ft. Longest Run: 4,000 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, cross-country ski, tubing

Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen
Vertical Drop: 1,088 ft. Longest Run: 10,560 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, cross-country ski

Pine Valley Tubing Hill, Cloquet
Tubing

Spirit Mountain, Duluth
Vertical Drop: 700 ft. Longest Run: 5,400 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, cross-country ski, tubing

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL AREA SLOPES

Afton Alps, Hastings
Vertical Drop: 350 ft. Longest Run: 3,000 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park

Buck Hill, Burnsville
Vertical Drop: 310 ft. Longest Run: 1,250 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing

Eko Backen, Scandia
Tubing

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area, Maple Grove
Vertical Drop: 100 ft. Longest Run: 800 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing, cross-country ski

Green Acres Recreation, Lake Elmo
Cross-country ski, tubing

Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington
Vertical Drop: 185 ft. Longest Run: 1,200 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park

Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls
Vertical Drop: 300 ft. Longest Run: 5,280 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing

SOUTHERN SLOPES

Coffee Mill Ski Area, Wabasha
Vertical Drop: 425 ft. Longest Run: 4,300 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing

Mount Kato Ski Area, Mankato
Vertical Drop: 240 ft. Longest Run: 2,800 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing

Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area, Welch
Vertical Drop: 360 ft. Longest Run: 4,800 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park

CENTRAL/NORTHWEST SLOPES

Andes Tower Hills, Kensington
Vertical Drop: 290 ft. Longest Run: 3,000 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing, cross-country ski

Eagle Mountain, Burtrum
Tubing

Buena Vista Ski Area, Bemidji
Vertical Drop: 230 ft. Longest Run: 2,000 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing, cross-country ski

Powder Ridge Winter Recreation Area, Kimball
Vertical Drop: 290 ft. Longest Run: 2,400 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing

Mount Ski Gull, Nisswa
Vertical Drop: 287 ft. Longest Run: 2,200 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Detroit Lakes
Vertical Drop: 210 ft. Longest Run: 2,200 ft.
Downhill ski, terrain park, tubing, cross-country ski

For more details on Minnesota ski and snowboard areas, check out the Slopes page.