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.
Â 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.
If I could give a zero I would... For 14 years I have driven past this place and for 14 years I have wondered why on earth they would pick the absolute worst times to make snow... Always during rush hour and this morning after a bad rain and snow storm with very high west winds... Way to cause more accidents and get people killed right before Christmas! Come on, use your brain and at least don't make the road worse in the middle of rush hour! Whoever makes that decision is either heartless or stupid! I love to ski, but on principal alone I'd never ever go to this hill!
A great bang for the buck, no pun intended. Friendly staff, nice variety of runs, and competitive prices. Awesome tubing hills too. The bar and restaurant called Black Diamond has great food and a decent beer selection. The cafeteria has good food as well.
Best slopes in town. Friendly staff. Get there EARLY for parking.
Went for a cyclocross race. Very fun! Great family atmosphere!
I'm sure it's a nice place but we drive 8 hrs to get up here and ski on the 4th of July weekend, planned our whole holiday trip around summer skiing here... only to arrive and find out they're closed. After looking on the website, there was a note posted about them being closed but it had to be scrolled down to on a the hours page and wasn't clearly posted. Very disappointing to arrive and find the one place open for summer skiing isn't open on the biggest weekend of summer.