From our K-12 Ski Club to our DISTANCE LEARNING DAYS, Afton Alps, located in the scenic St Croix River Valley, provides students with an unparalleled downhill skiing experience including the Alps base area, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system, and Vail trained ski instructors and great service.
And we’ve been doing it for 57 years.
For 57 years Afton Alps has provided the Twin Cities’ families with one of the Midwest’s most sought after winter destinations. Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort provides guests with an unparalleled experience including the Alps base area, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system, multiple food and beverage outlets, Vail trained ski instructors and great service.
With nearly 300 skiable acres, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night.
Beginning with the hard work of a few family farmers with a passion for skiing, Afton Alps came 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 very 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, and the installation of an 18-hole golf course.
Now, with 50 runs, 18 lifts, five chalets and the Midwest’s most acclaimed ski and ride school, Afton Alps is a leader in the industry. In December 2012, Vail Resorts welcomed Afton Alps into the Epic family.
A lengthy list of improvements followed, including upgrading to the best snowmaking technology and terrain enhancements, linking guests to premier mountain resorts throughout the country, Europe / Japan, and offering an Afton Alps guests the gateway to their experience of a lifetime.