Afton Alps

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Located on the Minnesota bank of the St Croix River and south of Afton sits the Afton Alps Ski Resort. Since December 1963, the winter venue has offered the residents of the Twins Cities and surrounding area alpine adventures. Today, the resort has become one of the larger facilities skiers and riders can explore in the region.

Motorists will find using I-35 or I-94 gets them to Minneapolis, where they can then transfer onto US Route 10 and other smaller highways to reach the ski area. Guests flying into the region will arrive at the Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport before using the roadways to get here.

Look What the Family Farmers Grew

The Afton Alps Ski Resort was built by farmers looking for some skiing fun, and its opening day drew in 37 guests. Its facilities (and those of the surrounding area) have grown in the decades since. There is no overnight lodging on-slope, but skiers and riders will find accommodations in Afton and the St Croix River valley. Those traveling light can get rentals from the Ski Shop, as well as tune-ups to prepare personal equipment for the alpine trails.

Dining at the Afton Alps Ski Resort is more extensive than other venues in the region, with eight options for slopeside drinks & food. From the food truck to the Highlands Chalet, guests have access to all types of food to keep them fueled as they play hard.

Several ski and ride lessons are available at the Afton Alps Ski Resort. The Ski & Snowboard School lets visitors book in advance, creating sessions based on age, experience level, and time desired (half or full-day lessons). A multiple-week child's program or adult ski academy teaches students over several sessions, which some prefer. The Alpine Race Club (ARC Program) works with strong skiers over ten weeks to develop their racing skills.

Some Experience Required

The alpine skiing at Afton Alps favors visitors with some experience on one or two planks. There is no sledding, Nordic, or Uphill exploration available at the ski area, so the alpine trails and terrain parks alone provide guests access to the pow. Those spread across 300 acres of skiable terrain. Average annual snowfall amounts of 55 inches make snowmaking a necessity, so the Afton Alps ski resort uses a state-of-the-art pump house and large pipes to deliver twice as much snowmaking ability as other venues in the region.

Three terrain parks offer Afton Alps guests a chance to experience terrain challenges in a progressive environment. The everchanging designs give everyone a chance to rip or shred no matter where they are with know-how. A 350-foot vertical drop provides plenty of action down the slopes, with a base elevation of 350 feet and a summit height of 700 feet.

The Afton Alps Ski Resort has nearly 50 runs to select from, with half of the ski area rated as blue for intermediate skiing and riding. The remaining terrain divides evenly between green-rated beginner runs and black diamond-rated trails for advanced ski bums to explore. There are 21 lifts with an uphill capacity of 19,750 guests per hour.

Afton Alps Snow forecast

  • Friday
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    11 mph
  • Saturday
    0.12 in rain
    6 mph
  • Sunday
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    Sun/clear sky
    6 mph

Facts about Afton Alps

Number of slopes:48
Easiest Green slopes:14
Intermediate Blue slopes:23
Advanced Black slopes:10
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0

Lifts (Total: 21)
Chair lifts:17
Platter lift:4
Lift capacity:  20000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Afton Alps Vertical drop
Highest Point: 1529 ft
Vertical drop: 351 ft
Base Point: 1178 ft

Country: USA
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