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Old 01-09-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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Where are the best places for downhill skiing near the Twin Cities? We're considering a move and would like to make the most of the winters. Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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Near the Twin Cities-Afton Alps has the most runs right in the metro area. Lutsen has the best skiing in the state though. Keep in mind, it still isn't like Colorado or skiing in the real mountains.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Afton Alps is by far the best in the easy day trip range. Trollhaugen and Wild Mountain are both good as well, but much smaller than Afton.

Hyland Hills and Buck Hill are okay... Unless you're into terrain parks they both get old REALLY fast. Buck also has the best ski racing development program in the upper Midwest, if not the nation.

The best weekend short road trip for skiing is up at Lutsen Mountains.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Second the props to Buck Hill's racing program! For a smaller size "hill" to produce the amount of successful women ski-racers is amazing and mostly due to the 80 year-old, Eric Sailer who's been running the racing program there since the 1960's. Lindsey Vonn and Kristina Koznick came out of that program.

Buck Hill Ski Racing Club (http://www.buckhillskiracingteam.com/about.shtml - broken link)
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Elk River/Pequot Lakes-MN
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Along with what everyone else said Afton Alps would be my choice!
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. Great information!
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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Welch Village just south of Hastings has a little more vertical drop and more challenging terrain than Afton.

You could look at living in Hastings. You would be right on the Mississippi and St. criox Rivers and have both Afton Alps and Welch Village 20 minutes away. Winter and summer fun.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Never skied Afton, grew up on the hills of Trollhaughen. Wild Mountain has more hills, but nothing beats out west!
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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I agree Afton is the biggest and has the most to offer. Wild Mountain is good too. For a shorter, closer trip, try Highland Hills, Buck Hill or Powder Ridge out in Kimball. I personally love Trollhaughen though.
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