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Any information or assistance on the lost ski areas of Minnesota would be greatly appreciated: mark@mwlsap.org

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LOST AREAS

Allen's Thrill Hill

Alpenhorn* (see Crystal Hills)

Anderson's Hill+(became Ski Haven, still open as Mt. Kato)

Arctic Park* - See Mt. Sitzmark

Bamber Hills (also called Rochester Ski Hill)

Barkers Alps (also called North Star Tow)

Battle Creek Park

Benton Valley * see Hole in the Mountain County Park

Big Ojibway - see Ojibway Ski Bowl

Blaine Ski Area^

Breezy Point Estates

Buffalo Valley Ski Area

Bush Lake

Cedar Hills Ski Park

Comet Skiways (could be ToMo)

Crestwood Golf and Ski

Crystal Hills (formerly Alpenhorn)

Darwin Winter Recreation Park

  • Darwin / Dassel MN (Meeker County) South Central Minnesota
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    45.09393830016789, -94.37771733834762
  • From Midwest Lost Ski Areas Facebook Page - Old ski hill between Darwin and Dassel Minnesota. We fly our paragliders off it now.
  • from Meeker County Museum at the GAR Hall
    • Hi Mark,

      We weren't able to find any definite dates, but I did put a request for memories from a local Facebook group and was able to gather a few details from their comments. The rope tow was in operation sometime during the 1970s-80s. It was shut down due to liability concerns. One person remembered watching more than one person shoot across the highway on their toboggan. You would lay on your tube or sled and grab on to the rope (often with a good jerk of the shoulders) to be towed up the hill, hoping you don't lose your sled on the way up. One gentleman commented that he went through a pair of gloves each year.

      Sorry we couldn't be of more help, but it looks like the people enjoyed reminiscing! If we get any more details, we will be sure to pass them along if you are interested.

      Danelle Erickson

 

Eagle Mountain Ski Area

Edina Ski Tow

Egan's Resort / Egan's Hidden Valley Ski Tow* (see Hidden Valley)

Eko Backen

Finland Air Base

  • Finland, MN (Lake County - northeast Minnesota - 2.8 miles north of Finland, MN
  • v: 190 ft. o: 1950
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    47.45385365963821, -91.23748584915985
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Fond du Lac Winter Sports Center* - see Ojibway Ski Bowl

French Rapids

Glenhaven

Golden Gate To Fun

Hallaway Hill Ski Area (Hollaway)

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley (another one - also called Egan's Resort and Egan's Hidden Valley Ski Tow)

Hole in the Mountain County Park - also called Benton Valley and Lake Benton Valley

Inver Hills Ski Hill (previously called NorSki)

Lake Benton Valley* - see Hole in the Wall county Park

Lester-Amity Park Ski and Jumping Area

  • Duluth, MN (St. Louis County) northeast Minnesota - 2940, Seven Bridges Rd, Duluth
  • v: 62 ft.
  • 1 rope tow
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    46.855314045405954, -92.01268887825745
  • skimap.org (0 maps) - this is the only reference I can find stating that there was a rope tow.

Little Squaw Valley

Lone Lake Ski Club

Lookout Mountain (Lookout Lodge, Minnesota's Lookout Mountain)

Marthaler Ski Area

Moon Valley Ski Area

Mt. Carmel *- See Saint John's University

Mt. Florida

Mt. Frontenac

Mt. Normandale+ - still open as Hyland Hills

Mt. Rockwood

Mt. Rushford* (see Rushford)

Mt. Silver (may be the same as Two Harbors)

Mt. Sitzmark - also called Arctic Park

Mt. Wirth* (see Theodore Wirth Park)

New Brighton Rope Tow (probably same as TCAAP)

Norski Hill* (later became Inver Hills)

North Star Tow* - see Barker's Alps

Ojibway Ski Bowl - Also called: Big Ojibway Mountain, Fond Du Lac Ojibway Bowl, Fond du Lac Winter Sports Center

Old Smokey Hill Ski Park (Smoky)

Pine Bend Ski Area

Pine Valley

Pipestone* (may be Hole in the Mountain / Benton Valley)

Potter Ridge ?

  • Kimball, MN - central Minnesota
  • v: 250 ft.
  • Ski Area Guide, SKIING Magazine, Sept. 1969, pp. 162-164 This is the only reference I could find. Probably did not exist. May be confused with Powder Ridge, Kimball, which is stlil open.

Prior Lake Ski Area

Quadna

Rochester Ski Hill* - see Bamber Hills

Rock Hill* - see University of Minnesota Duluth

Royal Oak

Rushford (Mt. Rushford)

Saint John's University (Mt. Carmel)

Sawtooth Mountains Ski Area

Shingobee Ski Area

Singing Hills

  • Preston, MN (Fillmore County) - southeast Minnesota - off of highway 52 within the village limits
  • v: 340 ft. (160 ft.) o: 1970
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    43.67421007734853, -92.0833791330755
    (Town of Preston)
  • Ski areas within weekend driving - Minneapolis Star, Nov. 10,1972, p. 28

Ski Devil

Ski Haven+ - became Mount Kato in 1977 - still open

Ski Tonka

Skidahlen

Snail Lake

Snofun

Snobakken Ski Tow

Steeplechase Ski & Snowboard

Sugar Hills

Theodore Wirth Park ( also called Wirth Park, Mt. Wirth)

Timberlane

ToMo (could be same as Comet Skiways)

  • Detroit Lakes, MN - west central Minnesota (15 miles east of Detroit Lakes on US 34)
  • v: 300
  • Google Maps / Google Earth (exact location unknown)
    46.88144247136384, -95.54091579874222 ???
  • In 1978 (Skalka): 1 rope tow, 4 chairlifts ??

Two Harbors (probably the same as Voyageur Skiway; may be the same as Mt. Silver)

Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP)

University of Minnesota Duluth - also called Rock Hill

  • Duluth, MN (St. Louis County) - northeast Minnesota
  • WR Bagley Nature Center on the University of Minnesota Campus
  • v: 124 ft.
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    46.822208358145694, -92.0893055790312
  • Picture - University of Minnesota Duluth Facebook Page
  • Picture - UMD Libraries Media
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Val Chatel

Val Croix+ - became Wild Mountain, still open

Val Hulla ??

  • Mankato, MN - south central Minnesota
  • on 1963 map
  • Skiers Take to Chartered Busses - Minneapolis Star, Dec, 20, 1963, p. 40
  • The only reference found is the Dec. 20, 1963 Minneapolis Star article and map. It is doubtful that it acutally existed.

Viking Valley

Villa Park (Villa-Arctic Park?)

Voyageur Skiway* (probably the same as Two Harbors and Comet Skiways)

Wirth Park* (see Theodore Wirth Park)

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Afton Alps

Andes Tower Hills

Buck Hill

Buena Vista

Chester Bowl Park

Coffee Mill

Como Park

Detroit Mountain

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

Giants Ridge

Hyland Hills Ski Area (formerly called Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area and Mt. Normandale)

Lutsen

Mount Itasca (1 maps)

Mount Kato (formerly called Anderson's Hill and Ski Haven)

Mount Ski Gull

Pine Valley Ski Area and Jump Center

Powder Ridge Ski Area

Spirit Mountain

Welch Village Ski Area

Wild Mountain Ski Area

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1958

Minneapolis Tribune, Dec. 7, 1958, p. 52

 

1962

Minneapolis Tribune, Dec. 23, 1962, p. 53


1963

Minneapolis Star, Dec. 20, 1964, p. 62

Error: Timberlane located on map south of Bemidji was actually in Red Lake Falls, 90 miles northwest of Bemidji

1964

Minneapolis Tribune, Dec. 13, 1964, p. 62


1964

Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Plan, 1965 - Skiing - pp. 1 and 248-252 only, .pdf

Minnesota Outdoor Reccreation Preliminary Plan, 1965 - see page 250, .pdf

https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2015/other/155294.pdf


 

Map from Sking in the Great Lake States, 1970 (.pdf)

 
1972

Minneapolis Star, Nov. 10. 1972, p. 28


1977

Winona Daily News, Sunday Dec. 11, 1977 p. 25


1978

Minneapolis Tribune, Nov. 19, 1978

 


1978

St. Cloud Times, Dec 8, 1978


1980

Minneapolis Tribune, Nov. 9, 1980

Skiing in the Great Lake States: the industry and the skier [by] William A. Leuschner. 1970
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/10567

 

FROM: Ski Magazine, Dec., 1977

SKI PEOPLE - FRITZ MONDALE: - SKIING VEEP

It’s nice to have a skier in the White House. Ski equipment manufacturers love it, travel agencies love it, resorts love it. Skiers even like the idea. It’s called visibility.

As Vice President, Walter Mondale isn't nearly as visible as a skiing President. But then that’s okay with him.Years before Jerry Ford became the country’s most photographed skier, sending wire service photographers scurrying, Fritz Mondale was slugging it out quietly on the slopes of the Midwest — Sugar Hills, Quadna, Telemark, Hurley, Ironwood, Porcupine Mountains — “wherever my skis would fit.”

He admits he’s no Henri Duvillard, but he does love to ski. Wife Joan Mondale, in fact, wouldn't have it any other way.“I always wanted to ski, but 1 grew up in southern Minnesota where there wasn’t much snow, and even fewer hills,” says the Vice President. "So I started skiing in college — and particularly when I married Joan, who ????? Mondale: Skiing, for me, is essential. 'loves to ski. It was a condition of our marriage.”

Mondale also attests to the notion that a family that skis together gets it together. “I don't know of any time that our family is more together than when we’re skiing,” says Mondale . “ We love it . ” He and his family try to ski at least once a year and in recent seasons have been skiing at Aspen, Vail and Alta. Says Mondale: “Skiing for me, is essential. I don’t know of any sport that’s more wholesome, that's better for you physical.

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