Afton Alps Ski Resort Where Epic Begins

For over 50 years, Afton Alps has delighted the Twin Cities’ families as one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations.

Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort poured $10 million in the Fall of 2013 into re-imagining the guest experience with renovated base area facilities, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a new cutting edge terrain park.

Food & Beverage

Enjoy a cold beer or a hot burger while watching your favorite sporting event at Paul's or The Crest Mountain Grill. 

For a quick bite before you get back on the slopes, Meadows, Highlands and Alps Food Courts are perfect

While hitting rails in the terrain park, The Landing Zone and The Truck can satisfy your food and beverage cravings.

History of Afton Alps

Beginning with the hard work of a few family farmers with a passion for skiing, Afton Alps sprung to life on 300 acres of bluffs along the St. Croix River on December 21, 1963. Opening day drew 37 guests.

In the 1970s, the resort began to grow rapidly with more chairlifts, new trails and a dedicated ski school staff. Progress continued over the next few decades with the birth of snowboarding, the addition of terrain parks and fully-lit slopes allowing for night skiing, and the installation of an 18-hole golf course.

Now with 48 runs, 18 lifts, five chalets and the Midwest’s most highly acclaimed ski and ride school, Afton Alps is a leader in the industry.

In December 2012, Vail Resorts welcomed Afton Alps into its Epic family of resorts. Afton Alps is truly the place where Epic begins. 

Ski and Snowboard School

Afton Alps is the proud home to 300+ highly trained and certified instructors.

Offering lessons from beginners to advanced racing programs for adultsyouth, and children.

Afton Alps has a great reputation for providing a quality learning experience that converts first time visitors into life long participants. 

Customer satisfaction is Afton Alps’ Ski and Ride school’s number one priority and you will notice the difference it makes providing each guest an experience of a lifetime.

Afton Alps has the largest dedicated children’s learning center  in the region. It offers a New Kids Adventure zone and has the largest fleet of PSIA trained instructors.

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