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Experience the Best Skiing & Snowboarding in Minnesota

You’ll have no shortage of places to ski and snowboard this winter. Head to Buck Hill and hit the slopes for a thrill like no other. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, you’re in for adrenaline-pumping action.

Chester Bowl is a gorgeous 117-acre park with a double chair lift and handles 960 skiers and snowboarders per hour. There are two miles of cross-country ski trails with a mix of glade and woods to go with a scenic overlook of the city of Duluth. Chester Bowl also has hiking trails, fishing, and soccer fields. Be sure to get to Chester in the summer and enjoy the Summer Adventure Program and the Chester Creek concert series.

Take a trip to Becker County and experience Detroit Mountain. Newbies can hit the Strider Adventure Zone, Skills Course, and Downhill Flow Trails. Take some friends out to Mankato and see what Mount Kato has to offer. With 19 trails on 55 acres for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, you’ll have a spectacular wintery time.

Buck Hill Ski Area

One of the three ski areas within the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the Buck Hill Ski Area was established in 1954 in Burnsville – set south of Minneapolis. Buck Hill offers skiing on 16 trails, plus snowboarding, tubing, and night skiing.

Don’t miss special events at Buck Hill like the Zombie Boardshop Shred Till You're Dead Snowboard Jam, the Buck Hill Airbag Jump, and Sophia's Hot Cocoa Day. Buck Hill also plays host to the USSA Junior Ski Racing Team and the NASTAR Racing Team.

Chester Bowl Ski Area

Encompassing 117 acres in Duluth, Chester Bowl Ski Area is a outdoors persons paradise native to northern Minnesota. During the winter, skiers speed down Alpine Hill's 175 foot drop, while families love playing in the snow and the fun winter activities, especially during the annual Winter Carnival.

During the summer, visitors enjoy hiking trails, bicycling and fishing, along with outdoor concerts and programs. Guests are encouraged to visit in September, during the annual Chester Bowl Fall Festival, featuring over 100 vendors with seasonal food, local artisan crafts, local produce, children's rides, and fresh apple cider.

Detroit Mountain

Set just minutes east of Detroit Lakes, Detroit Mountain is a year-round, local-favorite ski and snowboard destination in central Minnesota. Although the mountain most known for its winter recreation, summertime activities like hiking, birding, and biking are equally as enticing.

Don’t miss the Strider Adventure Zone, ideal for young riders, as well as the Skills Course, Downhill Flow Trails, and Contour Flow Trails. Of course, the skiing isn’t half bad either – Detroit Mountain features over 20 ski trails available after late November.

Mount Kato Ski Area

Found in scenic southern Minnesota, Mount Kato Ski Area boasts eight chair lifts with service to 19 trails for a full day of winter fun. Specific trails include Timberwolf Trail, ideal for beginners, Eagle Ridge, great for intermediate skiiers, Little Brave, designed for seasoned veterans, and many more.

There is certainly something for everyone at Mount Kato – including ski and snowboard rentals from the Mount Kato Rental Shop. During the summer, mountain biking on seven miles of trails is a popular activity, making this wonderful Mankato destination a fun day outside no matter the season.