About Afton Alps
For 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 this fall 2013 into re-imagining the guest experience with rennovated base area facilities, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a new cutting edge terrain park.
With nearly 300 skiable acres, 50 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night.
Accessible, affordable and fun, this big-time resort with a small-town feel has converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains, Afton Alps is truly the place where Epic begins.
Significantly Expanded Snowmaking Capabilities
A complete overhaul and expansion of snowmaking will provide the region’s highest quality snow surface, greater base depth and an expanded season due to the ability to make snow twice as fast with existing water resources. Added to the current fleet of snowmaking equipment are 22 new, energy-efficient snowmaking guns and 50 low-energy tower snow guns. Afton Alps also constructed a new state of the art snowmaking pump house, installing larger diameter pipe capable of pumping water twice as fast when temperatures permit.
New Guest Services Facility
The guest services facility has been completely renovated to include a new ski school center, ticketing and pass sales office, and a customer service center.
New Terrain Park by Snow Park Technologies (SPT)
SPT designer of Winter X Games courses and features, worked with the Afton Alps terrain park crew to create new features and designs. Additionally, two new rope tows are installed in the terrain park for faster and easier access to park features.
New "Landing Zone" Terrain Park Village
At the base of the terrain park, overlooking all of the new features, is a new terrain park village dubbed "The Landing Zone". The village offers inviting indoor and outdoor spaces to relax or warm up, enjoy new food options, and watch the park action. Some of the new food options will include hand-rolled burritos from "The Truck" (a new modern food truck).
Several dining facilities have received a modern facelift and all dining areas have installed updated kitchen equipment. A new Food and Beverage Director is presenting all new menus at Afton Alps. This includes fresh signature items, such as Vail’s famous Epic Burger.
New Lift Ticketing and Scanning System
The new lift ticket and scanning system will be completely electronic. This will provide Afton Alps guests a seamless transaction experience and faster access to the lift. This is for both season pass holders and single-day lift ticket skier and snowboarders.
EpicMix Racing will also be launched at Afton Alps this winter. EpicMix Racing is a social application that enables skiers and riders of all abilities to track their vertical feet, earn digital pins for on-slope accomplishments, and even race against Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn using their NASTAR race time to earn gold, silver and bronze medals. Race times, digital medals, overall leaderboards and leaderboards with family and friends will all be available on both the EpicMix website and mobile application.
Vail Resorts EpicMix Technology Installation
Vail Resorts’ acclaimed EpicMix RFID technology has been installed at Afton Alps, allowing skiers and snowboarders to earn digital pins for their accomplishments track vertical feet and share them socially through Facebook and Twitter with family and friends.