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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.


James Elvidge

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Great place! Have come here since I was young. My school would take us here on skiing field trips. My family has skied here for since before I was a twinkle in my parents eyes. Was recently here for my cousins wedding reception. Great food, good service- quick and polite. We all enjoyed our time very much. Check out their private event planning!

Lightshow Lyndale

Monday, April 2, 2018
Good ski hill but nothing like skiing in the mountains or the hills up north. They are open basically everyday with the hills always groomed. If your a beginner or want to have fun for a hour or two its great but if you are going to spend more then a day skiing it will get old. Over all a great hill but if you are a advance skier here is not the best because you will get board when theirs only 7 real runs.

Padraic McGuire

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Had not skied here in 30 years. This place has grown. While the ski hills are substantially the same, the lifts are now excellent. The base area bars, food and service are much improved. If you live in the south metro and want a quick trip, this is the best place short of an hours drive.

sonam dorjee

Friday, July 20, 2018
Winter in MN is too long, but you can make it so memorable by going and enjoying a ski ride at buck hill.

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.

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