Buena Vista

Buena Vista is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Bemidji, MN.

Season Passes

Buena Vista is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket 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 Buena Vista. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Buena Vista's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Buena Vista around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Buena Vista Terrain Overview

Buena Vista has a total of 17 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Buena Vista is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 30 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 12 hectares, 0.0 square miles, or 0.1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
30(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Buena Vista Elevation

Buena Vista has a summit elevation of 1,510 feet, or 460 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,280 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 230 feet (70 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,510'(460 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
230'(70 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,280'(390 m)

Buena Vista Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
32.6out of 100
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Buena Vista 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 80% 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.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Buena Vista has 30 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Buena Vista is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
Green Circle
20%(6 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
55%(17 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
25%(8 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 Buena Vista good for beginners?

Buena Vista 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 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Buena Vista Location

Buena Vista is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Bemidji, MN.

Bemidji, MN 56601 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
47.57000, -94.72000

Getting to Buena Vista

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Buena Vista), its coordinates of 47.57000, -94.72000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Bemidji, 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 Buena Vista.

Winnipeg / James Armstrong Richardson International AirportYWGWinnipeg, MB198 mi
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN199 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 Buena Vista.

Brainerd Lakes Regional AirportBRDBrainerd, MN85 mi
Range Regional AirportHIBHibbing, MN89 mi
Falls International AirportINLInternational Falls, MN92 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Buena Vista, 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 Buena Vista.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Andes TowerBackus, MN1,620 ft31%58 mi
Chester Bowl ParkDuluth, MN875 ft17%58 mi
Lutsen MountainsLutsen, MN1,913 ft44%58 mi
Detroit Mountain Recreation AreaDetroit Lakes, MN1,608 ft14%72 mi

Buena Vista Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,510 ft
Base Elevation1,280 ft
Vertical Drop230 ft
(20% Beginner,  55% Intermediate,  25% Expert)
Skiable Acres30
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Buena Vista Mountain Stats