7 Places to Ski In Minneapolis

The winter season is almost over and if you haven’t yet visited one of the ski areas in Minneapolis, now is your chance! Doesn’t matter if you’re a resident of Minnesota or just visiting for the winter, make sure to set aside time to enjoy the winter activities. And whether you prefer fast technical lines or long cruising runs, Minnesota offers some of the best downhill skiing in the Midwest. With an impressive mix of terrain, Minnesota has something for everyone. Here are the top 7 places to ski in Minneapolis.

Afton Alps Ski & Golf 

6600 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033

Afton Alps is the Midwest’s premier winter destination. It’s nestled in the St.Croix River Valley boasting a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a cutting-edge terrain park. With almost 300 skiable acres, 50 trails, 18 lifts, and four terrain parks, there is enough space for experts and beginners alike. And if you are a newcomer, have no fear, there are lessons that can help you master the art of skiing and snowboarding.

Elm Creek Park Reserve & Eastman Nature Center 

12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369

The park features 18k of cross-country ski trails (lighted trails and trails with snowmaking), a tubing hill, beginner-level downhill ski, and snowboard areas, and skijoring trails. This center and reserve is part of the Three Rivers Park District. More information on winter activities can be found below!

Wild Mountain Winter & Summer Fun 

37200 Wild Mountain Rd, Taylors Falls, MN 55084

Wild Mountain is known for its snow-making and excellent winter conditions. Even if there’s no snow in your backyard, there is snow at Wild Mountain. And if you’re not up for skiing or snowboarding, you can go snow tubing on the largest tubing park in Minnesota, open Fridays through Sundays. They offer lessons for all ages with terrain for everyone with programs all week. At Wild Mountain, you can ski and ride 7 days and nights a week! Beginners are always welcome and have the option of taking private or group lessons.

Buck Hill Ski + Snowboard Area 

15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville, MN 55306

If you’re hoping to enjoy the winter activities year-round, then this is the place for you. The hill is open year-round for skiing and tubing. And if you are looking to purchase a season pass, the time is now! The season pass allows you and your family to ski and snowboard with no restrictions or reservations. You don’t have to worry about purchasing your ski lift tickets because with a pass you have access to the lifts every day. And if skiing and snowboarding is not your thing, snow tubing is available for you and your family.

Hyland Hills Ski Area

8800 Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438

Hyland Hills Ski Area lies within the 1,000 acre Hyland Lake Park Reserve. It offers extensive winter activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and a Nordic ski jumping complex. The area consists of 14 runs, 3 chair lifts, and 5 surface tows. And if you are up for the challenge, Hyland Hills has a large terrain park where you can practice your jumps and backflips. Beginners are always welcome and have the option of participating in ski and snowboard lessons.

Three Rivers Park District 

3000 Xenium Ln, Plymouth, MN 55441

Three Rivers offers 80 miles of groomed cross country ski trails. These trails are perfect for beginners and seasoned skiiers. The park also has a variety of other winter activities like skijoring and dog sledding, sledding, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and tubing.

Theodore Wirth Regional Park 

1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422

Enjoy 20 miles of cross country ski trails with runs through open parklands and wooded areas. Lighted trails are offered at night with maps along the trails. Ski passes are required and available for purchase at the trailhead. Snowboarding and ski lessons are also available.

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