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Allen's Thrill Hill

Bamber Hills

Benton Valley

Battle Creek Park

Breezy Point Estates

Buffalo Valley Ski Area

Cedar Hills Ski Park

Eagle Mountain Ski Area

Egan's Resort (Hidden Valley?)

French Rapids


Golden Gate To Fun

  • Sleepy, Eye, MN - southwestern Minnesota
  • v: 150 ft.
  • In 1978: 5 rope tows
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Hallaway Hill Ski Area

Hidden Valley

Hole in the Mountain County Park

  • Lake Benton, MN - southwestern Minnesota
  • v: 175 ft.
  • In 1978: 3 rope tows
  • skibum.com - scroll down to near bottom
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Inver Hills Ski Hill

Lester-Amity Park Ski and Jumping Area

  • Duluth, MN (St. Louis County) northeast Minnesota
  • v: 62 ft.
  • 1 rope tow
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Little Squaw Valley

Lone Lake Ski Club

Lookout Mountain (Lookout Lodge)

Marthaler Ski Area

Moon Valley Ski Area

Mount Frontenac

Mount Normandale - still open as Hyland Hills

Mt. Rockwood

Mt. Wirth

Norski Hill

Old Smokey Hill Ski Park (Smoky)

Pine Bend Ski Area

Pine Valley


  • Hill City, MN (Aitkin County) - north central Minnesota
  • v: 325 ft
  • In 1978: 2 rope tows, 3 T-bars
  • In 1986: 1 rope tow, 3 T-bars, quad chairlift
  • SKI Magazine, 1986
  • skimap.org

Rochester Ski Hill

  • Rochester, MN - southeastern Minnesota
  • In 1978: 1 rope tow

Rock Hill

  • Duluth, MN - north east Minnesota
  • v: 124 ft.
  • skimap.org (0 maps)

Royal Oak

Sawtooth Mountains Ski Area

  • Grand Maris, MN - north east Minnesota
  • v: 531 ft. o: 1948
  • Cook County Historical Society Facebook Page 1 2
  • skimap.org

Shingobee Ski Area

Ski Devil

Ski Haven - became Mount Kato in 1977 - still open

Ski Tonka


Steeplechase Ski & Snowboard

Sugar Hills

Theodore Wirth



  • Detroit Lakes, MN - west central Minnesota
  • v: 300
  • In 1978: 1 rope tow, 4 chairlifts

Val Chatel

Val Croix - became Wild Mountain, still open

Viking Valley

Villa Park (Villa-Arctic Park?)

Voyageur Skiway

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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 Ski and Snowboard Area (Hyland Hills, formerly Mount Normandale)


Mount Itasca (1 maps)

Mount Kato (formerly called 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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Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Plan, 1965 - Skiing - pp. 1 and 248-252 only, .pdf

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


FROM: Ski Magazine, Dec., 1977


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.




 SKI Mag Sept 1967 "The Ski Area That Happened - Now (Maple Hills, Mn)" by Tony Lane pg. 152