About Afton Alps
For 55 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 the fall of 2013 into re-imagining the guest experience with the base area facilities, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a cutting edge terrain park.
With nearly 300 skiable acres, 52 trails, 17 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.
Our snowmaking system provides the region’s highest quality snow surface, greater base depth due to the ability to make snow twice as fast with existing water resources. Summer 2013 we added 22 energy-efficient snowmaking guns and 50 low-energy tower snow guns. Afton Alps also has a state of the art snowmaking pump house, with larger diameter pipes capable of pumping water twice as fast when temperatures permit.
Guest Services Facility
The guest services facility is where guests can purchase tickets, season passes, or have their questions answered, in a warm welcoming environment. Looking to continue your adventure? Talk to one of our guest concierges to learn more about booking a trip to one of our eight Epic sister resorts out West!
Landing Zone Terrain Park
Pete and his Afton Alps terrain park crew have new features and designs. Additionally, two new rope tows service the terrain park for faster and easier access to park features. This increases your LPH Laps Per Hour in the park.
"Landing Zone" Terrain Park Village
At the base of the terrain park, overlooking all of the features, is the terrain park village dubbed "The Landing Zone". The village offers inviting indoor and outdoor spaces to relax or warm up, enjoy food options, and watch the park action. The food options will be from "The Truck" (a modern food truck).
All dining areas have state of the art kitchen equipment. Our Food and Beverage Director Matthew Huber is presenting all new menus at Afton Alps for the 2017-18 Season. This includes signature items, such as Vail’s famous Epic Burger.
Lift Ticketing and Scanning System
The lift ticket and scanning system is electronic. This system provides 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 skiers and snowboarders. New this season online / mobile ticketing and card reloading so you don’t have to wait in the ticket line.
Vail Resorts EpicMix Technology
Vail Resorts’ acclaimed EpicMix RFID technology is programmed 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.