Andes Tower Ski Resort

Andes Tower Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Backus, MN.

Andes Tower is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Andes Tower Ski Resort.

Andes Tower Lodging:

Andes Tower Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Andes Tower has a total of 16 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Andes Tower is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 45 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 18 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
45(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Andes Tower Ski Resort Elevation

Andes Tower Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,620 feet, or 494 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,330 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 290 feet (88 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Andes Tower has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,620'(494 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
290'(88 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,330'(405 m)

Andes Tower Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
31.2out of 100
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Andes Tower can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 65% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


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

Andes Tower has 45 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Andes Tower is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 35% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 65%.
35%(16 acres)

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.

Blue Square
35%(16 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(14 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Andes Tower Ski Resort good for beginners?

Andes Tower can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 65% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Andes Tower Ski Resort Location

Andes Tower Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Backus, MN.

Backus, MN 56435 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.73000, -94.69000

Getting to Andes Tower Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Andes Tower Ski Resort), its coordinates of 46.73000, -94.69000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Backus, 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 Andes Tower Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN146 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 Andes Tower.

Brainerd Lakes Regional AirportBRDBrainerd, MN35 mi
Saint Cloud Regional AirportSTCSaint Cloud, MN87 mi
Range Regional AirportHIBHibbing, MN98 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Andes Tower 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 Andes Tower Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Chester Bowl ParkDuluth, MN875 ft17%0 mi
Lutsen MountainsLutsen, MN1,913 ft44%0 mi
Detroit Mountain Recreation AreaDetroit Lakes, MN1,608 ft14%52 mi
Buena VistaBemidji, MN1,510 ft33%58 mi
Powder Ridge Ski AreaKimball, MN790 ft23%98 mi

Andes Tower Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,620 ft
Base Elevation1,330 ft
Vertical Drop290 ft
(35% Beginner,  35% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres45
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Andes Tower Ski Resort Mountain Stats