Buck Hill Ski Resort

Buck Hill Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Burnsville, MN.

Buck Hill is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Buck Hill Lodging:

Buck Hill Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Buck Hill has a total of 16 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Buck Hill 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

Buck Hill Ski Resort Elevation

Buck Hill Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,225 feet, or 373 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 919 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 306 feet (93 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,225'(373 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
306'(93 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
919'(280 m)

Buck Hill Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
26.1out of 100
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Buck Hill is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 306 feet.


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

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

Since Buck Hill is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 40% trails are rated as intermediate.
40%(18 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
40%(18 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
20%(9 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 Buck Hill Ski Resort good for beginners?

Buck Hill 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. 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Buck Hill Ski Resort Location

Buck Hill Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Burnsville, MN.

Burnsville, MN 55306 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.72000, -93.28000

Getting to Buck Hill Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Buck Hill Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.72000, -93.28000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Burnsville, 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 Buck Hill Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN12 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 Buck Hill.

Rochester International AirportRSTRochester, MN68 mi
Saint Cloud Regional AirportSTCSaint Cloud, MN69 mi
Chippewa Valley Regional AirportEAUEau Claire, WI89 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Buck Hill 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 Buck Hill Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
HylandMinneapolis, MN1,075 ft25%8 mi
Afton AlpsHastings, MN1,530 ft30%26 mi
Welch VillageWelch, MN1,060 ft29%29 mi
Mount KatoMankato, MN540 ft37%54 mi
Wild MountainTaylors Falls, MN1,113 ft34%59 mi
Powder Ridge Ski AreaKimball, MN790 ft23%66 mi
Coffee MillWabasha, MN1,150 ft35%66 mi

Buck Hill Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,225 ft
Base Elevation919 ft
Vertical Drop306 ft
(40% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres45
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Buck Hill Ski Resort Mountain Stats