Midwest Lost Ski Areas Project

Lost Ski Areas Near Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota

 | lost | still open |

Lost Ski Areas:

Minnesota (lost)

Allen's Thrill Hill, Cologne, MN

Barkers Alps (also called North Star Tow), Bayport, MN

Battle Creek Park, St. Paul, MN

Birch Park (also called Eight Flags of Birch Park), Houlton, WI

Buffalo Valley Ski Area, Buffalo, MN

Bush Lake, Bloomington, MN ???

Cedar Hills Ski Park, Eden Prairie, MN

Eko Backen, Scandia, MN (Washington County)

Edina Ski Tow, Edina, MN

Hidden Valley, Savage, MN - also called Egan's Resort and Egan's Hidden Valley Ski Tow

Inver Hills Ski Hill, (previously called NorSki), Inver Grove Heights MN

Lone Lake Ski Club, Minnetonka, MN

Marthaler Ski Area, West St. Paul, MN

Moon Valley Ski Area, Shakopee / Chaska, MN

Mt. Frontenac, Frontenac, MN

Mt. Sitzmark - also called Arctic Park, Shoreview, MN

North Oaks (also North Oakes), N of St. Paul

NorSki - see Inver Hills

Pine Bend Ski Area, South St. Paul, MN

Prior Lake Ski Area, Prior Lake, MN

Ski Tonka, Orono, MN

Snail Lake, St. Paul, MN ??? - Highway 96 and Lexington Ave, Shoreview, MN

Snofun, Inver Grove Heights (?), MN

Snowcrest (originally called Ski-Mac), Somerset, WI

Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP), Arden Hills / New Brighton (Ramsay County)

Villa Park (Villa-Arctic Park?), Roseville, MN

Wisconsin (lost)

Birchpark, Houlton, WI

Deepwood, Wheeler, WI

Englewood, Osceola, WI

Hardscrabble, Rice Lake, WI

Lockhaven (also called Spooner-Shell Lake Ski Area), Spooner, WI

Skyline, St. Croix Flls, WI

Snowcrest (originally called Ski-Mac), Somerset, WI


Still Open:

Minnesota (still open)

Afton Alps, Hastings, MN

Buck Hill (formerly Gokey's Hill), Burnsville, MN

Como Park, St. Paul, MN

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area, Maple Grove, MN

Hyland Hills Ski Area (formerly called Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area and Mt. Normandale), Bloomington, MN

Theodore Wirth Park ( also called Wirth Park, Mt. Wirth), Minneapolis, MN - now open as Loppet Foundation Alpine Learning Hill

Welch Village Ski Area, Welch, MN (Goodhue County)

Wild Mountain Ski Area (formerly Val Croix), Taylor Falls, MN

Wisconsin (still open)

Trollhaugen Ski Area, Dresser, WI


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