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 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 lenghty 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. This is where Epic begins...


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