Growing up riding in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area provides skiers and snowboarders a handful of ski resorts that we can call our local hill. East, West, North, and South metro areas all have at least one or two different options to choose from. We get a little spoiled by our choices. With that being said, lift ticket prices at many ski resorts have started to climb over the last decade and have left many skiers and snowboarder pockets asking for forgiveness from their local resorts. Though the prices do not come nearly close to what a mountain based ski resort on the West or East coast would have they still leave plenty of people wondering where they can get the best bang for their buck, or what’s worth shelling out the extra dollar. We’ve taken the time to compile a list of Twin Cities metro ski resorts and are comparing their ticket prices, deals, and what you’re getting for swiping your card at the front desk.
Afton Alps ski resort is one of the newest additions to the Vail Resorts Empire. Boasting over three hundred acres of ridable terrain, fifty-two trails, and seventeen lifts. Afton seems to be the Metro’s favorite spot for a wide variety of pitches and fast runs, and plenty of leisurely runs featuring mellow turns and beginner friendly areas. Located roughly 30-40 minutes from the Twin Cities, it doesn’t take too long to get to this pick. Afton has four terrain parks which have become well-respected in the eyes of the local ski and snowboard scene here in the Twin Cities Metro. $57 gets you in on a weekday, while Fri-Sun and Holidays are going to run you $62. Weekdays after 3:00pm drop their price down to $52 while weekends dip to $57, and you can save $5 when you purchase tickets online from the Afton Alps website! Pay the price and collect the rewards with this one.
Weekday Pass: $57
Weekdays after 3:00pm: $52
Weekends after 3:00pm: $57
Save $5 when you buy online!
Hyland Hills is a resort known for its high caliber terrain parks and fast rope tows. This ski resort is located in Bloomington and offers mellow riding terrain for multiple levels of riding ability. Hyland charges $35.34 for a lift ticket and offers an evening pass after 3:00pm for $32.55. If you hit the slopes between 7:00pm-close, a pass is going to cost you only $18.60. With four chairs, four ropes, two conveyor belts, eleven runs and two parks, Hyland Hills is a park rider’s dream and newcomer’s solid first start. Check out Hyland Hill’s site info HERE! Located only twenty-five minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, you can’t beat the convenience of Hyland Ski Resort.
Weekday Pass: $35.34
Weekday after 3:00: $32.55
Not too far from Hyland Hills, Buck Hill resides in Burnsville in the south suburbs of the Twin Cities. Buck offers affordable skiing and snowboarding prices and a terrain that is easily and pleasantly overcome by all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Weekday ski resort passes run $34, and $47 on weekends and holidays. Sunday night specials offer a $15 pass from 7:30-close, a price that can’t be beaten! A ticket at Buck gains you access to sixteen different runs, two terrain parks, four ropes, and two carpets that are accessible from all three chairlifts. The ski resort’s Black Diamond bar and grill resides at the bottom of Buck Hill and offers plenty of tasty appetizers, entrees and live music on weekends. Take a look at Buck Hill’s website for more info by clicking HERE!
Weekday Pass: $34
Weekend Pass: $47
Sunday Night 7:30-Close: $15
Trollhaugen lies just fifty minutes North of the Twin Cities in Dresser, Wisconsin. Trollhaugen ski resort is known for its old fashioned chalet style lounge and its cozy atmosphere. Troll’s terrain parks are world renowned and hold a place in TransWorld Snowboarding Magazines Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest. Trollhaugen offers a full day pass for $54, also available online for a discounted price of $48. From 3:00pm-close the pass drops down to $35. Trollhaugen Late Night Fridays offer guests a $20 pass that gets you in from 9:00pm-3:00 am, and features live music in the Skolhaugen lounge. This ski resort offers twenty-four trails, three lifts, four ropes, and four parks. For more info or questions go to Trollhaugen’s website by clicking HERE! Well worth the drive, you don’t miss an epic late night ride with your buddies.
Full Day Pass: $54 (online for $48)
Late Night Friday 9:00pm-3:00am: $20
Wild Mountain is another ski resort that lies about outside an hour North of the Twin Cities metro in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. This ski resort features twenty runs, four lifts, four tow ropes and four terrain parks on their property. A day pass at Wild is going to run you $55 and $51 if you purchase a pass online. Wild Mountain presents their Friday Night Moves event that happens every Friday and features discounted passes for $35 from 4:00pm-1:00 am and $21 from 8:00pm-1:00 am. Wild ski resort has become well known in its area for its creative terrain parks and well lit night riding as well as its diverse terrain to accommodate a wide range of skiers and snowboarders of every level. Check out more info on their website by clicking HERE!
Weekday Pass: $55 (online for $51)
Friday Night Moves 4:00pm-1:00am: $35
Friday Night Moves 8:00pm-1:00am: $21
Elm Creek Park Reserve takes refuge in Maple Grove, Minnesota and offers two terrain parks and cross country trails amongst many acres. $17 gets you a pass into Elm Creek and lets you enjoy its terrain park that features tow ropes on both sides of the parks for consistent hot laps and memories to be had. Elm Creek falls as one of the only resorts in our list that is terrain park specific but seems to be a hot spot for freestyle skiers and snowboarders in our metro area. Check out more info on their site HERE!
Weekday/Weekend Pass: $17
Welch Village ski resort places its roots forty minutes South of the Twin Cities in Welch, Minnesota. Welch is quite the hidden gem here, featuring 140 acres of terrain, sixty trails, five quad lifts, one triple, three doubles and one rope tow that can access the whole mountain. Weekday passes are gonna run you $54 and $60 on weekends and holidays. After 3:00 pm your prices drop to $44 on weekdays and dip to $50 on weekends and holidays. Buying one of those tickets online instantly saves you $10. After 6:00 pm any day of the week your ticket price drops to $33. Welch Village ski resort is known for its steep and fast terrain that is mostly dominated by black diamond and blue runs. They also have a backside bowl that is an expert only zone that is rumored to be a riders best friend on a powder day. Check out Welch Village’s site by clicking HERE!
Weekday Pass: $54
Weekend Pass: $60
Weekday after 3:00pm: $44
Weekend after 3:00pm: $50
Any day after 6:00pm: $33
The Twin Cities metro boasts numerous ski resorts that accommodate a wide variety of riding styles, ability levels and terrain to be shredded. Each resort offers its own unique atmosphere, but all share an inviting attitude and plenty of opportunities to create memories and new experiences. Make sure before you head out to your favorite local, or new ski resort you’ve found out about today, that you stop into The House Outdoor Gear located at 200 South Owasso Blvd East, Little Canada, Minnesota, for the best selection or ski and snowboard gear in the Twin Cities or shop our store online HERE! Happy Shredding!