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Burnsville - Buck Hill

15400 Buck Hill Road


Ten thousand years ago, the last ice age receded from the northern half of the North American continent. The Minnesota River helped drain the glacier and just south of the river, a terminal moraine was formed which the local Indians later named Buck Hill.

In 1954 Charles Stone Jr. and his future wife Nancy Campbell obtained a lease from the landowner Grace Whittier of Northfield, Minnesota. Miss Whittier's father had bought the land for the price of the unpaid back taxes. Many people had skied on the undeveloped hill in the past, including two Minnesota Governors. In the 1930's Fred Pabst, founder of Bromley Ski Area in Vermont, started a ski area on this site, but the drought years with a lack of snow caused him to abandon the plan.

During the years from 1954 until 1961, Buck Hill was only open a few weekends due to very meager snowfalls. In 1961 the Stones added snowmaking and a T-Bar. This put a whole new perspective on the business and the area was able to operate for at least four months in the winter. In the following years, more lifts and trails were added, as well as a new chalet and rental shop, and the Sports Bucket Restaurant was added in 1978. In 2006, Buck Hill installed a new Quad chairlift at the south end of the ski area, and brought in over 100,000 yards of fill to raise the elevation of the top of the new chairlift.

 Buck Hill is still operated with the family in mind, offering a full range of skiing programs for the young and the young-at-heart. Buck's reputation as a quality ski area is known across the country. Our ski racing program is also nationally acclaimed. Ski magazines calls Buck the "Legendary Capitol of American ski racing." In 2006, Erich Sailer, long-time coach of the Buck Hill Ski Racing Team, was inducted into the US National Ski Hall of Fame.


khalid yousif

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Really fun skiing mountain that doesn't require a long trip from the cities despite not being a big place and doesn't have as many slopes as other bigger ski resorts. It can get really busy in nice weather weekends, because it's located inside the greater Twin Cities area but fun place nevertheless. Snow tubing is a fun relaxing activity here.

Jennifer Ness

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Great hill for new skiiers. We spent all day with our kids, some got on the jumps, some stayed on the green hills. The Black Diamond is the place to get food and drinks, skip the classic chalet. Everyone on the staff was friendly and helpful, even considering it was March and these people have been working all winter!

Paul Shirilla

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017
Our family has always enjoyed skiing at Buck Hill. We live in St. Paul and like the proximity, price, and snow quality for a quick day of skiing with our children. We won't be returning anytime soon after our experience this past Thursday, Dec. 28. We knew the day would be challenging with the cold temperatures but our children were eager to get outside and ski. We bundled up and were prepared for the conditions. They basically have one good run down the center of the hill that we like skiing. However, we were appalled that they had the snow guns on, which made the run unskiable. To get to the other decent run, we had to ride up the chairlift with ice shrapnel blowing in our faces. My kids were miserable and wanted to go home after an hour. I spoke with a ski patrol about turning off the guns and he empathized but said this was an operations decision- that they have to blow snow when the conditions are right. Look at the current forecast- you can blow snow non-stop in the evenings for the next 3 weeks. I have grown up skiing in the Midwest and never experienced this type of operation. You shut down the guns during the day and provide a good environment for your paying customers to enjoy- especially when we are paying holiday rates during the prime week of skiing in the year. We will go somewhere else and pay a bit more to have an enjoyable experience.

Raymond Hill

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Great whether a beginner or veteran skier. It also has a tubing hill for the less adventuress. Great for families! Also check out the Black Diamond restaurant while you are there.

Jeremy Reuter

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
We were at Buck Hill with a large school group. The staff helped students with equipment efficiently and got kids on the slopes quickly. The instructors helped the kids learn the basics of skiing quickly. I very much recommend them for big group outings.

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