Family Skiing and Snowboarding in the Twin Cities

Whether you have littles just getting warmed up in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding or you’re dealing with tweens and teens who seek more of a thrill, we’ve got family skiing and snowboarding suggestions for the season. One of the perks of living in Minnesota is the multitude of options for winter sports like downhill skiing and snowboarding. Need an excuse for the splurge? A study done in 2018, found that downhill skiing may contribute to healthy aging as well as offering a variety of other physical, emotional and social health benefits. We gathered a list of ski hills below.

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BEST DOWNHILL SKIING FOR BEGINNERS

Como Park Ski Center | St Paul

1431 Lexington Pkwy N., St Paul, MN 55103

  • Single Day Tow Rope tickets: $15
  • Equipment Rental: $15
  • Lessons for both ski & snowboard
  • Ski Chalet with concessions available
  • Additional Activities: Snow shoeing, sledding, cross country skiing.
  • Family Skiing Deal: Friday Night Special, $20 for both ticket and equipment rental or $10 for just the tow rope ticket.

Hyland Hills Ski Area | Bloomington

8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN 55438

  • Single Day Lift Tickets: $15
  • Equipment Rental: $25
  • Lessons: private, semi-private or public skiing, snowboarding instruction.
  • Ski Chalet with Hyland Grill restaurant
  • Additional Activities: Snow shoeing, sledding, cross country skiing.
  • Family Skiing deal: Nights Under the Lights, Mon–Fri: 7–9pm; Sat & Sun: 6–9pm: $22. Participates in the 4th Grade Passport Program

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area season pass holders pay a discounted rate of $10 at Hyland Hills. Hyland Hills pass holders pay a daily rate of $5 at Elm Creek. Similar reciprocity deals with Spirit Mountain and Giants Ridge.

Family Skiing at Hyland Hills Ski Area
Image Courtesy of Three Rivers Park District

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area | Maple Grove

12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

  • Single Day Passes: $17
  • Equipment Rental: $20.50
  • Lessons: private, semi-private or public skiing, snowboarding instruction
  • Ski Chalet: Elm Creek Chalet has some concessions.
  • Additional Activities: Tubing,.
  • Family Skiing deal: Participates in the 4th Grade Passport Program

Looking for more places to sled and tube with the family? Try the list in our Winter Survival Guide.


Buck Hill | Burnsville

15400 Buck Hill Rd Burnsville, MN 55306

  • Single Day Passes: $20-$54
  • Equipment Rental: $35-$40
  • Lessons: Available for kids under 13 and adults 13+
  • Ski Chalet: Elm Creek Chalet has some concessions.
  • Additional Activities: Tubing.
  • More family fun: May through snowfall, Buck Hill is open for mountain biking.

THRILL SEEKERS

Afton Alps | Hastings

  • single day lift tickets ($45-$60)
  • season passes available
  • standard and high performance ski & snowboard equipment rentals
  • lessons for all ages
  • multiple dining options
  • many family-friendly events hosted throughout the season

Family Skiing deal: Sign up for Afton Alps’s Preferred Program to get perks including a $5 discount off per ticket purchased up to 4. The perks are also applied if you travel to one of the Vail Resorts in Colorado, Utah and Tahoe.

Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area | Dresser, WI

  • single day lift tickets ($40-50/pp) – save $ when purchasing online or take advantage of weekday ticket discounts
  • standard and high performance ski & snowboard equipment rentals; packages start at $24-$50.
  • lessons for all ages
  • thrill-seekers can play in the terrain park, which includes a beginner’s section appropriate for ages 3-5.

More family fun: During the summer, Trollhaugen’s Adventure Park includes zip line tours and an Aerial Challenge Course.

Wild Mountain | Taylors Falls

  • single-day lift tickets ($42-$55 – save online or during evening discount hours) 5 & under ski free.
  • Equipment rental packages available ($24-$30 OR lease for the season)
  • lessons for all ages, including joint parent-child sessions
  • For more thrills, head over to the Terrain Park or a purchase a 2-hr tubing session ($19 online)

More family fun: There is loads to do in the Taylors Falls area, particularly during the summer months: visit the water park and alpine slide at Wild Mountain, hike through Interstate State Park or meet wildlife at Fawn-Doe-Rosa. Try our list of 6 Things To Dear Near Taylors Falls.



Ski Road Trips

Welch Village | Welch

Located south of the Twin Cities, Welch Village offers single-day lift tickets for between $45 and $64. Rentals range from $25-$35.

Duluth

Anne writes about her favorite Ski Resort, lodging options and other family fun:  10 Best Things To Do in Duluth Over Winter & Holidays

Spirit Mountain – Duluth

Where to Cross Country Ski in the Twin Cities

Saint Paul:

The City of St Paul maintains cross-country ski trails at three parks:

If you own your own skis, Saint Paul is the best place to ski in the Twin Cities for free.

  1. Como Park Golf Course & Ski Center, 1431 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55103
  2. Highland Golf Course, 1797 Edgcumbe Rd, St Paul, MN 55116
  3. Phalen Golf Course, 1615 Phalen Dr., St Paul, MN 55106

Ski Pass: Not Required. These trails are free to use.
Equipment Rentals: Available at Como for $15/set.

Washington County Parks

Washington County grooms ski trails as conditions allow at these 5 parks.

If you plan to ski only once a year, get a one-day ski pass and equipment for $16/adult and $5/child at Lake Elmo.

  1. Big Marine Park Reserve, 17495 Manning Trail N, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047
  2. Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, 9653 Keats Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
  3. Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
  4. Pine Point Regional Park, 11900 Norell Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55028
  5. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, 10191 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033

Ski Pass: $6/day or $30/year. Free for kids under 18. Skiers can get a pass online, at a pay station, or at a park office.
Equipment Rentals available at Lake Elmo only. Adults: $10; Youth: $5 for up to 3 hours. Find more information here.

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