The state of Minnesota is known for its cold winters. Its location in the upper Midwest makes the area a veritable winter wonderland during the cold months, and winter sports are a favorite pastime of residents and tourists. There are a number of well-known ski resorts in Minnesota, but the hands down best ones are undoubtedly those which cater to winter sports aficionados with various disciplines and skill levels. Some ski areas have dedicated snow tubing chutes that attract the youngsters, while others have incorporated terrain parks for snowboarders to relieve the frustration some skiers felt when snowboarders would take over the slopes. One ski area even features specially tended trails for cross country skiers.
Mount Kato Ski Area Resort for Families
The season for the Mount Kato ski area begins in late November and usually lasts until March. Situated in the Minnesota River Valley, Mount Kato is an excellent venue for a family skiing vacation. There are 19 trails; four cater to beginners. A rental shop lets you outfit the kids rather than investing in full ski gear they outgrow in a season, and a ski school provides lessons for all age groups and ability levels. If you want your child to learn how to ski, the Mount Kato ski area might just be the perfect resort. Snow tubing is available for skiers at least 42 inches tall, and it's another fun activity open to attendees and a favorite of kids. After a day of skiing, enjoy a hearty meal at the chalet.
Mount Kato Ski Area
20461 Highway 66
Mankato, MN 56001
Power Ridge Resort Caters to Snowboarders and Scouts
Power Ridge holds frequent events for boy scouts and girl scouts. Moreover, the resort is well-known for its wedding package. What attract snowboarders to Power Ridge are three dedicated terrain parks, named South Park, North Park and Kowabunga Park. Snow tubing is another fun activity that attracts aficionados as young as four to the Wild Chutes snow tubing park. Families enjoy the weekend Kids Club program that allows parents to drop off their children aged four to 12 for two hour long ski lessons. After spending a day skiing, the North Chalet offers meals and drinks.
Power Ridge Resort
15015 93rd Avenue
Kimball, MN 55353
Spirit Mountain Ski Resort for Full Service Lodge Service and Cross Country Skiing
The Spirit Mountain ski resort combines a campground with a lodge that offers wedding parties a place to celebrate and conventions a venue to meet. In winter, this area transforms into a family friendly full service ski resort. It features 22 runs, including a Nordic ski center that provides 22 kilometers of cross country skiing. Snowboarders of varying skill levels have access to terrain parks that allow pros as well as newbies to enjoy some trick boarding.
Cross country skiing costs seven dollars for adults older than 13 years, and five dollars for children. Weekend and holiday lift tickets for the 2008/2009 seasons were 45 dollars for adults, and 35 for children or seniors 55 years of age and older. Weekday tickets were five dollars cheaper.
Spirit Mountain Ski Resort
9500 Spirit Mountain Place
Duluth, MN 55810