Buck Hill Ski Area

Ski Resort Profile

Buck Hill Ski Area
United States
Phone: 952 435-7174

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About the Ski Resort

In 1954, a cleared slope, a small building and a rope tow appeared just south of the Minnesota River. It was called Buck Hill. Steadily, it began to grow. Four years later, Buck boasted 4 lifts and 3 slopes. Already its proximity to the Twin Cities and the variety of challenging runs was winning Buck ardent fans.

The present-day location of Buck Hill actually got its start as a ski area in the 1930's. Fred Pabst, of the famous brewing family, started a ski area on this site. He also owned a number of other ski areas across the country, including Bromley Mountain in Vermont. His plan was to run a chain of ski areas from coast to coast. Unfortunately, he ran into a number of seasons with no natural snow. Without the benefit of today's snowmaking technology, the ski areas closed.

Today, Buck Hill is still owned by the Stone family. Buck is still operated with the family in mind, offering a full range of skiing programs for the young and young-at-heart. Buck's reputation as a quality ski area is known across the country. Our racing program is also nationally-acclaimed. Ski Magazine calls Buck the "Legendary capital of American ski racing." The 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, saw two Buck Hill skiers on the US Olympic Team. Both Kristina Koznick and Tasha Nelson started their skiing careers as members of the Buck Hill Ski Racing Team.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Cross country: 12 km
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  40 %

 More Difficult:  40 %

 Most Difficult:  20 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  920 ft
Summit elevation:  1,226 ft
Vertical drop:  306 ft
Skiable area:  45 acres
Annual snowfall:  60 in
Snowmaking:  100 %
Number of trails:  12
Number of lifts:  11
Types of lifts:  1 Handle Tow,
 3 Rope Tows,
 1 J-Bar,
 1 Magic Carpe,
 2 Double Chairs,
 1 Triple Chair,
 1 Quad Chair,
 1 Tubing lift

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Buck Hill Ski Area map

Ski Resort directions

From Minneapolis / St. Paul and surrounding areas: Take 35W or 35E south. After 35W and 35E merge, you will be able to see Buck Hill from the Interstate. Take the next exit (Cty Road 46, Exit #86) and follow the frontage road back to Buck Hill.

From Southern Minnesota / Iowa: Follow Interstate 35 North to Crystal Lake Rd. Take a left at the top of the exit ramp followed by another left at the first stoplight (by the Kwik Trip).