Search The
Visit Minnesota Website

Minnesota Ski Resorts

Wonderful Winter Vacation Destinations

Minnesota Ski Resorts

There are more than a dozen Minnesota ski resorts. Our state does not claim to rival the Colorado mountains however you will find great skiing here for a much smaller price.

The three largest ski resorts in Minnesota are all in the northeast corner of the state:

Search for vacation rentals in over 12,000 destinations. FlipKey has the largest collection of authentic guest reviews from travelers like you.

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is located about 250 miles north of the Twin Cities along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Lutsen is the most popular ski area in Minnesota among serious skiers.

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort is located 150 miles northeast of the Twin Cities in the Lake Superior city of Duluth. Spirit Mountain is is a popular ski and snowboard area that appeals to kids and families.

Giants Ridge Ski Resort is located about 200 miles northeast of the Twin Cities in the Iron Range region of the state. This family-friendly ski resort offers 35 downhill runs as well as cross country skiing.

Other Popular Minnesota Ski Resorts & Ski Areas

Buena Vista Ski Area is located near Bemidji, Minnesota and about 250 miles north of the metro area and on the continental divide.

Andes Tower Hills Ski Area is located in west central Minnesota, about 130 miles northwest of the Twin Cities outside of Alexandria.

Minnesota Ski Resorts

Metro Area Minnesota Ski Resorts

Highland Ski and Snowboard Area is located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, MN, and just minutes from the Mall of America.

Buck Hill Ski Area, one of the oldest Minnesota skiing destinations, is located in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville near many favorite Minnesota attractions.

Afton Alps Ski Area is just a 20 minute drive from St. Paul near Afton State Park. You will find one of Minnesota's largest ski hills with 48 trails, 18 lifts, a snowboard park and a tubing hill. Call 651-436-5245.

Welch Village Ski Area. (26685 County Road 7 Boulevard, Welch). Just 35 miles southeast of the Twin Cities in the Cannon River Valley and north of the charming town of Red Wing, this family owned operation is considered pretty challenging (at least my Minnesota standards) and is also a good place for beginners. Call 651-222-7079 or 800-421-0699.

Coffee Mill Ski Area. (99 Coulee Way, Wabasha). Located 75 miles south of the Twin Cities and on the Mississippi River, this resort has spectacular views of the river valley and the longest vertical drop in the area. Call 651-565-2777.

Mount Kato. (20461 Highway 66, Mankato). The flat rural countryside surrounding Mankato (80 miles south of the Twin Cities) seems like the last place you'd find a ski area with 19 runs, but here it is. Call 507-625-3559 or 800-668-5286.

Powder Ridge Winter Recreational Area. 15015 93rd Ave, Kimball). Located about 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities (near St. Cloud), Powder Ridge is known as a great place for freestyle terrain. Call 800-348-7734.

Minnesota snowmobiling trails are often found in the same area as our ski resorts.

Minnesota Winter activities are so much fun however we are always careful to be prepared for winter when we are on the road with a winter survival kit.

Buck Hill Skiing

Cross Country Minnesota Ski Resorts

Maplelag Resort — A destination cross country ski resort near Detroit Lakes: overnight accommodations, American Plan, home cooked meals served family style, 64 km of Pisten Bully groomed trails.

Detroit Mountain just outside of Detroit Lakes offers a new lodge and many amenities for skiing and other snow sports.

Gunflint Lodge, Grand Marais is in another Minnesota cross-country skiing paradise.

A ski resort is one of the best winter destinations if you love to get outdoors in the snow. There are lots of other winter vacation ideas throughout the Visit Minnesota website. Our winter wonderland may just change your view of what time of year you want to experience a Minnesota vacation.

Here Are A Few of Our Favorite Things --
Snow Things!

Related Pages:

List of Winter Sports

Minnesota Winter Activities

Minnesota Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing Basics

How to Ice Skate

More About Learning to Ice Skate

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Snowmobiling in Minnesota

Extreme Snowmobiling

Skijoring in Minnesota

Snowshoe in Minnesota

How to Make Snowshoes

Snow Sledding in Minnesota

Extreme Sledding

Minnesota Winter Vacation Ideas

Back to Minnesota Winter

Book Your Minnesota Vacation


Travel in style. For less than a hotel. Search for vacation rentals in over 12,000 destinations.

Walmart $20 for $30 eCode at

Save 50-80% off on Dining, Entertainment, Travel and Retail! Shop Now

Ticket Liquidator: Minnesota Events Tickets and Venues Get deeply discounted tickets on top Minnesota sporting events, concerts, and shows. Timberwolves, Golden Gophers, Top Concerts ....More. Continuously Updated with current ticket offers.

Shop the Largest Collection of Bed and Breakfast Inns at

Minnesota Vacation Rentals by VRBO - Choose a vacation rental in a specific area or get ideas about some of the best Minnesota vacation destinations before you decide. Take a look at some of these fantastic properties and locations for your group of any size.

Made in Minnesota

Minnesota Entertainment: Discount tickets to sporting events, concerts and shows. Save up to 50%.

Lodging in Minnesota - Hotels - Resorts - Bed & Breakfast Inns - Vacation Rentals

Minnesota Gifts & Souvenirs

Minnesota Visitor Site Map

About Me

Contact Us

Minnesota Visitor Home Page

Judith Ramsey - Publisher
Copyright © 2005 ~ 2016
All Rights Reserved

Amazon Associates Disclosure
 - Judith Ramsey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Thank you for supporting this site so I can continue to bring you Visit Minnesota.

Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay

Advertise On Visit Minnesota

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Minnesota Explorer., Vacations with more room.

TicketLiquidator Logo

Recent Articles

  1. Minnesota Deals - Coupons - The Entertainment Book

    Nov 19, 17 07:08 PM

    Here are the Minnesota deals, coupons and the entertainment book will help you save on your Minnesota vacation.

    Read More

  2. Minnesota Jokes

    Nov 19, 17 08:42 AM

    Minnesota jokes and jokes about Minnesota people, seasons, sports teams and mroe

    Read More

  3. Romantic Getaway in Minnesota - Romantic Vacation Ideas

    Nov 16, 17 08:15 AM

    Plan a romantic getaway in Minnesota. Make your hearts beat faster with these romantic vacation ideas! Escape to a romantic hotel or bed and breakfast. Enjoy a romantic picnic.

    Read More

Enjoy Winter Activities
in Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota State Parks:
From Afton to Zippel Bay

Advertising Disclosure

Privacy Policy