Afton Alps is a wonderful skiing destination that is located near the twin cities in Minnesota . It is just east of Minneapolis-St. Paul along the Mississippi River . You will find many great slopes to glide down or you can take a cross country trail that goes through some very pretty country. Afton Alps is not only a great place to go skiing but it also has snowboarding and snow tubing.
I went with a group to Afton Alps last winter and found that the recreation area has a run for every ability from easy to more difficult. I was delighted to try a magic carpet for the first time. The magic carpet is a rolling ramp that you step on and it takes you up to the top of the hill. It was easy to use and fun at the same time while controlling the crowds of people who all want to get to the top at the same time.
The Alps has several chalets to sit and relax in warmth where you can get a hot drink of coffee, cocoa or tea to refresh you for your next run. While you are warming up you can watch others slide down the slopes and runs and think about which one you would like to try next.
You can ski everyday from 9:00am to 10:00pm with the exception of holidays. A standard skiing pass costs $25 a day and a high performance package is $39. You can rent a pair of ski boots for $20, poles for $4 and the skis for $17. You can use your own boots and just rent the skis if you wish.
Afton Alps is not only a great winter destination it is also fun in the summer months. In June, July and August you can enjoy mountain biking or golf and for those who are very adventurous you can try the Warrior Dash in July. I was not brave enough to do a Warrior Dash but I did go as a visitor and witnessed all the entrants running through the mud and water. A shower is provided so that once you run through all the mud you can rinse it off before you leave.
Afton Alps is a great ski getaway for people of all ages and abilities at an affordable price. To learn more you can go to http://aftonalps.com/lift_tickets_rentals.php on the web or call them at 1-800-328-1328.