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Minnesota is famous for its many lakes and the Scandinavian heritage of her people. A much less known fact is that the state has very good snow and a long ski and snowboard season.

What Makes Minnesota Unique

A winter ski or snowboard vacation is a great way to spend the holidays, whether with family, friends and loved ones, or as a romantic getaway. Minnesota is home to at least 15 ski and snowboarding areas, from the southeast boundary shared with La Crosse, Wisconsin, to the Canadian borders north of Duluth and Lutsen! Those with less vertical feet tend to make up for it with solid terrain design and strong snowmaking, grooming, half pipes, terrain parks for snowboarders and free style.

Major Ski Resorts

Minnesota ski areas and resorts don't make such huge investments and keep people coming back year after year unless they're offering sound value. When we're talking about skiing and snowboarding, that value is measured in grins and smiles, whoops and raw adrenaline excitement. When it comes to snowmaking, these resorts literally have it down to a science. They know just how to adjust their systems for the temperatures, for base snow, for blowing pristine powder—and they'll start making snow just as soon as the temperatures drop. Set aside any angst or trepidation you may have because Minnesota skiing is a treat. What the state's resorts—like Afton Alps, Lutsen and Spirit Mountain—do is to simply cut to the chase. Ski areas in Minnesota simply make the most of every vertical foot. Maximum fun is exactly what you'll get when you visit a downhill winter resort in Minnesota.

When the day is done, it all comes down to the great feeling you've experienced and shared, the good times had. Minnesotians celebrate winter and know how to make the most of it—it's in their blood. Between that and the great bargains you owe it to yourself and your family to take a break this winter.

Ski Vacation Discounts

You can save money this year when you use the ski deals, discounts and coupons we offer you here for skiing and snowboarding in Minnesota.

Featured Blog Posts

Kids Ski Rentals

If you’re planning to take your kids skiing or riding for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions about ski, snowboard and equipment rental. Don’t worry. Everyone from the most experienced skiers and riders to those on a ski vacation for the first time have questions about equipment needs, rentals and safety  Read more ➝

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Should I Learn To Ski Or Snowboard?

It’s a question as old as time (at least modern time), and one that many people struggle with. The worlds of skiing and snowboarding have merged closer together over the years and opened doors for participants to easily switch from one to the other. But if you’re just starting to learn how to test the  Read more ➝

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The Importance of Finding The Right Ski Boots

Skiing is an investment, but one that’s well worth it. Like many sports, you can purchase ski equipment that’s vital to the overall experience. Because it’s so important to find the right ski boots, it’s always a great idea to rent them before you buy them! And though you might be ready to buy, it’s  Read more ➝

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How Skiing Has Changed Over The Last Five Decades

Skiing has been around for a lot longer than most people might be aware of. But we’re not talking about the examples of skis from Russia that date back to 6000 BCE (yes it’s true!). Modern skiing began to blossom in the mid-1800s in Norway. Over the years, what began as military exercises evolved into  Read more ➝

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Skiing For the First Time

You’ve wanted to ski for years and finally, you find that you have the time and resources to do so. But this might be the first time you’re trying the sport out, never having been out on the slopes. It might seem like a big task but with the right tips and information, your experience  Read more ➝

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How To Demo Skis: A Quick Snapshot

From beginner to advanced skiers and riders, choosing the right skis or snowboard to purchase makes for a lot of questions. Ski companies offer so many options that it might seem like your best option is to close your eyes and point to which ones you’ll buy. While that’s not quite the best solution, there  Read more ➝

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How to Save Money on Spring Break Ski Vacations

The words “spring break” are typically and universally associated with images of the beach, sunsets and huge crowds. But for snow lovers and enthusiasts, it means it’s time to plan out a ski trip to places a little bit cooler (or at least colder)! You might have been envisioning your Spring Break ski vacation all season long,  Read more ➝

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Practice Makes Perfect: Helping Kids Ski For the First Time

Learning a new skill can be intimidating sometimes, especially for younger athletes who haven’t skied before. Like riding a bike or stepping into a pool for the first time, it can be slow going at the beginning. That’s to be expected, of course, but with your guidance and help from the resort, you can prep  Read more ➝

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How to Save Money on Your Next Ski Trip

Ski vacations, even if they’re only for the weekend, can take some planning. There’s a few logistics to work out, especially if you’re traveling out-of-state this season. Whether you’re staying local or setting your sights on a new favorite destination, you’re most likely trying to score the best deals out there. “Sifting” through the seemingly  Read more ➝

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Tuning & Waxing Your Ski Gear

It’s easy to leave things to the wayside and say you’ll get to them tomorrow. We do it when we have to take of chores, run errands or take care of our items. But when it comes to things like ski gear, the same strategy might not work to your advantage. When you want to  Read more ➝

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