Minnesota has a variety of downhill areas for skiing and snowboarding, including the largest and highest destinations in the Midwest. Facilities with slopes and terrain parks provide rental equipment and lessons, and many have lodging onsite or nearby.
Kids—with their low centers of gravity—take to skiing and snowboarding quickly. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn began skiing at age two at Buck Hill in Burnsville, where she got hooked on the sport and developed great slalom techniques.
Numerous downhill recreation areas offer youth ski and snowboard lessons, with starting ages ranging between two and four years old. Youth instructors are trained to make learning fun and to build the skills and appreciation for downhill sports that last a lifetime.
Adults, too, can find group or private lessons—whether they are just starting out, switching from skis to a snowboard, or looking for help to improve their downhill moves. As abilities and confidence levels rise, skiers and snowboarders can graduate from the beginner hills to intermediate and expert slopes and terrain parks.
Every downhill run is unique, and skiers and snowboarders relish hours on the slopes experiencing the rush and taking their sport to a new level.
Check out our list of downhill recreation areas to find ski and snowboard slopes and terrain parks.