Afton Alps Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Hastings, MN.
Afton Alps is a part of the Epic Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at most of the Vail owned slopes with it throughout the year. There are a handful of different types of Epic passes available, ranging from 3-7 days, to season-long.
Afton Alps Lodging:
Afton Alps Ski Resort Terrain Overview
Afton Alps has a total of 48 ski trails, which are serviced by 21 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Afton Alps is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 250 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 101 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.
Afton Alps Ski Resort Elevation
Afton Alps Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,530 feet, or 466 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,180 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 350 feet (107 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Afton Alps has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Afton Alps Ski Resort Difficulty Level
29.6out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level
Afton Alps has 250 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Afton Alps is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 49% trails are rated as intermediate.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Afton Alps Ski Resort good for beginners?
Afton Alps is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Afton Alps Ski Resort Location
Afton Alps Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Hastings, MN.
Hastings, MN 55033 USA
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Getting to Afton Alps Ski Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Afton Alps Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.85000, -92.79000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Hastings, MN to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Afton Alps Ski Resort.
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport||MSP||Minneapolis, MN||21 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Afton Alps.
|Chippewa Valley Regional Airport||EAU||Eau Claire, WI||64 mi|
|Rochester International Airport||RST||Rochester, MN||67 mi|
|Saint Cloud Regional Airport||STC||Saint Cloud, MN||78 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Afton Alps Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Afton Alps Ski Resort.
|Welch Village||Welch, MN||1,060 ft||29%||20 mi|
|Buck Hill||Burnsville, MN||1,225 ft||26%||26 mi|
|Hyland||Minneapolis, MN||1,075 ft||25%||28 mi|
|Wild Mountain||Taylors Falls, MN||1,113 ft||34%||44 mi|
|Coffee Mill||Wabasha, MN||1,150 ft||35%||50 mi|
|Mount Kato||Mankato, MN||540 ft||37%||78 mi|
|Powder Ridge Ski Area||Kimball, MN||790 ft||23%||81 mi|
Afton Alps Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,530 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,180 ft|
|Vertical Drop||350 ft|
(30% Beginner, 49% Intermediate, 21% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||N/A inches|