For 51 years, Afton Alps has delighted the Twin Cities' families as one of the Midwest's premier winter destinations. Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort poured $10 million the fall of 2013 into re-imagining the guest experience with the base area facilities, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a cutting edge terrain park.
With nearly 300 skiable acres, 50 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night.
Accessible, affordable and fun, this big-time resort with a small-town feel has converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts' iconic western mountains, Afton Alps is truly the place where Epic begins.
I had a great ski experience here. The ski area is much larger than I expected, and I enjoyed weaving my way through the trails. The food at the club house was good. The lift ticket and rental prices were fair. The night skiing was fun as well. So long as you temper your expectations, you won't be disappointed...it's a 300 foot vertical drop from the top of a hill, not a mountain in the Colorado Rockies.
I go whenever I can I started learning snowboarding in the sixth grade and although the first ever time I went there to snowboard/ski wasn't very fun because I forgot my snow pants and didn't know how to stop without sitting down I still have gone there every day I can(I went over 45 times last year) and it's been 3 years. I love the staff they are always helpfull. Some people say that the hill is so little that you can't ever get good witch I totally disagree with. In the park they are always changing the stuff up like making more jumps,adding pipes,....etc. maybe for skiers the actual hills might be short but from a snowboarders perspective I always have something to do like do a trick off of a ledge. Over all I would give it a 6 out of 5 most fun place to go with friends or relax by yourself
I've skied here for over 40 years. For this part of Minnesota the terrain can't be beat. Plenty of fun blue runs and back diamonds. Unfortunately, the more challenging runs are rarely available to free skiers in the weekend as they are give over totally to the racing program. 😞 Lift prices are reasonable, but food prices are stratospheric since the area was purchased by Vail. If, like me, you choose to buy a season pass, you'll want to bring your own food. The restrooms are rarely serviced often enough for the rough use they get. Still, I'm already looking forward to my first day on the snow next season.
Great ski area and professionally managed. They also have wonderful kids programs and ski school.
This is by far the best ski resort in the Twin Cities, but it's not perfect. This resort has nice chair lifts that run at a decent speed, and out of all the resorts near the metro, this one is by far the largest and they have a good variety of runs. Plus, all of the chalets here are nice. However, unlike their competition, Afton Alps is usually really slow to open during the early part of the season, and they do a poor job of giving a notice prior to a closure or re-opening. Other resorts let you know about closures a day or two in advance, but Afton Alps usually doesn't announce their plans until just a few hours before they would of opened. Also, the prices here are significantly higher than the other resorts. For example, if you buy the season pass in March, it costs $150 at Welch Village, $245 at Wild Mountain, but $439 at Afton Alps. Plus, Afton Alps almost never has any specials during the season, unlike most other resorts. However, since Afton Alps is nicer than the other resorts, their higher prices are generally worth it, unless you're on a budget.