Afton Alps, one of the largest ski hills in the Twin City area with 48 trails and 18 chairlifts, has been turning Minnesotans on to snow sports for the last 45 years. It has one of the finest ski schools in the Heartland. Afton offers as many learn-to-ski/ride programs as you'll find at any Midwest snowsports area. There are programs to fit every life, time commitment and pocket book available.
One of the really neat things they do is get snowsports enthusiasts started on the right track. There's a daily, free, one-hour beginner lesson to anyone, ages 10 and up, with the purchase of a full price lift ticket and rental package.
Ski & Ride Simplified, for anyone 16 and older, is $89.85, which covers three lift tickets, rentals and lessons. You come out three separate evenings after 4:30 p.m., and the lessons are given at 5 and 6:30 p.m. You choose the evenings and the time for the lesson. The rest of the evening can be spent skiing or riding. You'll receive a card or coupon book that entitles you to various discounts throughout the ski area, including lift tickets once you've completed the three sessions.
Check out the Alps Bar. It has a beautiful new bar and kitchen. Bar stools have been added and a new cocktail section is available in the bar area. There are several new gourmet items on the menu this winter. Live entertainment takes place every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. throughout the season.