Get Stoked on Minnesota Slopes

By Explore Minnesota

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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: 175 ft. Longest Run: 1,250 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 only

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 only

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

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: 298 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.