Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area
Winter sports enthusiasts love Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area (HSSA). Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve, HSSA is the place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the metro area. Our terrain park is full of progressive and innovative features and we are known for some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. If you've never hit the slopes or want to freshen up your skills, we also offer lessons through our SnowSports Academy.
A fun place to ski but it is lacking in a few aspects. They need staff to help organize patrons for getting onto the lifts, you have 5 different lines to get on the lift depending on which side you came from. 2 single lines 2 double lines and a lessons line. People enter the lines and just kind of go when they think it's their turn. Be aggressive and ask to ride up with strangers: many go up 2 at a time when the lift can support 3 or 4 people. The hills are pretty small, going without turning or stopping I was done in what felt like a few seconds. Even the black diamond is just a steep small hill, nothing too crazy. The snow was well maintained and the present staff were kind and helpful. I'd recommend coming here for a good close small hill. They also offer shuttles to the ski hills from the parking lot. The picture is from the black diamond hill on the southern side. A lovely view of the city and Minneapolis in the distance.
Great spot for the kiddos to take lessons. Staff is super friendly and the kids love learning here. The chalet is really great too. I have only seen it super super busy here once and that was because it was the first Sunday that was over 30 degrees after a three week streak of subzero temps.
Good little ski hill for cheap. My only complaint is the rude staff. It was our group's first time to Hyland and the hills close at 9. However, the lifts were still running at 9:10. We get inside and are taking our gear off and a young lady staff member comes up to us and lectures us about how 15 minutes is enough time to get out of there. It's not like we were sitting around, we were putting our gear away. then she said a very rude comment under her breath. Other than that, I enjoyed myself. But maybe the staff should be more understanding - plenty f businesses don't b**** out their customers after closing; it could have at least been a polite request.
The new chalet is great - very comfortable, quality food, friendly staff, great for parents waiting while their kids are in lessons. There is a lot of positive energy and a lot of people having a great time outdoors.
This was by far the worst ski resort experience ever. Overcrowded, with too many school groups - all acting like they own the place. No place for paying families to sit in the chalet, as the schools have every space occupied and "reserved". We were told by school staff that we were not allowed on the bunny hill as it was reserved for "schools only". Long lift lines and helicopter parents who won't move their fallen kids off of the tow rope line to make way for others. Complained to staff and they didn't care as they already had our money.