Edit ModuleShow Tags

Winter Resolution: Start Downhill Skiing


Published:

My resolution this winter: Get outdoors.

I know, I know… I’m a native Minnesotan—I should be ice skating, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and walking to work without a coat. It’s not cold!

But I’m not. At least, not very often…

Though I’m certainly proud of all this great state has to offer and would defend it ‘til my tongue was on that flagpole, I was born into a basketball family. The gym was our second home, not the slopes.

But the days of true injury worries—don’t break that wrist, your coach will kill you!—are past, and as long as my typing fingers are working, I should be OK. Plus, three years of traveling to visit my brother at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has not gotten me in skiis, so perhaps it's time for baby steps.

Yes, I admit that: We're no Colorado. But for a state with tons of snow, endless winter courage, and no mountains, I think we do pretty well.

downhill skiingWhich makes my resolution pretty easy—to at least attempt.

Seven miles north of Taylors Falls (that’s 65 miles or about 1 hour 20 minutes for those of you traveling from MSP Airport), along the St. Croix River, is Wild Mountain—and they’re celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. With classes every day and night and 26 runs across 100 acres, it's a great place for a beginner like me to start.

Group lessons are only $10/session for adults, offered many times a day. I'll probably take that route, because let's be honest, I'm bound to be better than at least a couple other people, right? You can also schedule a one-on-one though, at $50/person for the first hour, with discounts following for additional time and people. Yes, there are general ticket and rental fees as well (Forget the height, maybe that’s why my parents steered us to basketball?!), but the thrilled faces on the helpful Wild Mountain website tell me it’s worth it.

This weekend, you can even watch the Friday and Sunday ski challenges for inspiration, or start kids (4-12 skiing, 6-12 snowboarding) in their very own eight-week program of lessons with the Wild Cat Club.

FYI to those who aren’t within same-day driving distance—or those who know you’ll be too tired to drive no matter what—there are lots of nearby hotels, motels or B&Bs to turn it into a fun weekend.

Kelly as Lindsey VonnAll in all, it sounds like a commitment I can definitely handle.

If all goes well, maybe 2010’s Lindsey Vonn costume can actually come to life—though I’m comforted to see the Wild Mountain Ski Patrol will come to the rescue if I need it.

Wild Mountain: 37200 Wild Mountain Road, Taylors Falls, MN 55084; ski@wildmountain.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

It's Farmers Market Season

No matter where you live in Minnesota, fresh produce, flowers and homemade goodies await

Origami in the Garden

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's latest exhibit puts the art of folding paper on full display with a garden and metal twist

New Ways to Explore 3 Classic MN Destinations

From Fort Snelling to the North Shore, check out this summer's technological updates to historic and wild Minnesota places

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: May

This month, Sue Z. recommends supporting local student chefs with a dinner at Saint Dinette

What to Wear + Where to Go: Music Festivals

Your style guide for Minnesota music festivals

Mesabi Trail Offers New Views in Northern Minnesota

The Mesabi Trail, a 120-mile paved cycling and hiking trail that spans the Mesabi Iron Range, recently opened a new connection in Virginia, MN that crosses the state's tallest bridge and offers amazing views of former minelands.

Glensheen Mansion Bonfire Nights

Enjoy this summer tradition from one of the most iconic estates in the state

Twin Cities Festival Spring Babies

If April showers bring May flowers, spring babies bring fun for the whole family

Record Store Day: Where to Find Rare Releases in MN

On April 21, rock out at mini-music festivals around the state, dig into gourmet donuts, and collect the rare vinyls available one time a year

Catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower

The meteor shower peaks April 21 and 22, just in time for Earth Day

A Day Trip to Excelsior

Just 20 miles west of the Twin Cities, this waterfront town is complete with charming shops and lakeside dining

Night Art Gallery Is Your Sober Night Out

The Lindstrom art gallery entertains with hors d'oeuvres, tons of art available for purchase, and non-alcholic drinks

Treasure Island Resort & Casino 2018 Summer Concert Series

Check out the awe-inspiring lineup of summer concerts at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

Weekend Activities to Satisfy Your Inner-Child

Check out these weekend activities that will have you feeling like a kid again.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags