Powder Ridge Ski Area
Powder Ridge Ski Area is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Kimball, MN.
We recently ranked all of Minnesota's ski resorts, so you can see where Powder Ridge Ski Area stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Powder Ridge Ski Area 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.
There are numerous options to stay at Powder Ridge Ski Area around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Powder Ridge Ski Area Terrain Overview
Powder Ridge Ski Area has a total of 20 ski trails, which are serviced by 7 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Powder Ridge Ski Area is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 60 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 24 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.2 square kilometers.
Powder Ridge Ski Area's slopes see on average 45 inches (1.1 meters) of snowfall a year.
Powder Ridge Ski Area Elevation
Powder Ridge Ski Area has a summit elevation of 790 feet, or 241 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 310 feet (94 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Powder Ridge Ski Area has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Powder Ridge Ski Area Difficulty Level
23.8out 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.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Powder Ridge Ski Area has 60 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Powder Ridge Ski Area is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 45% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 40% 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 Powder Ridge Ski Area good for beginners?
Powder Ridge Ski Area 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. 45% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Powder Ridge Ski Area Location
Powder Ridge Ski Area is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Kimball, MN.
Kimball, MN 55353 USA
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Getting to Powder Ridge Ski Area
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Powder Ridge Ski Area), its coordinates of 45.33000, -94.31000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Kimball, 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 Powder Ridge Ski Area.
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport||MSP||Minneapolis, MN||61 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 Powder Ridge Ski Area.
|Saint Cloud Regional Airport||STC||Saint Cloud, MN||19 mi|
|Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport||BRD||Brainerd, MN||74 mi|
|Rochester International Airport||RST||Rochester, MN||132 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Powder Ridge Ski Area, 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 Powder Ridge Ski Area.
|Hyland||Minneapolis, MN||1,075 ft||26%||58 mi|
|Buck Hill||Burnsville, MN||1,225 ft||27%||66 mi|
|Mount Kato||Mankato, MN||540 ft||39%||83 mi|
|Andes Tower||Backus, MN||1,620 ft||33%||98 mi|
|Chester Bowl Park||Duluth, MN||875 ft||18%||98 mi|
|Lutsen Mountains||Lutsen, MN||1,913 ft||45%||98 mi|
Powder Ridge Ski Area Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||790 ft|
|Base Elevation||500 ft|
|Vertical Drop||310 ft|
(45% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 15% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||45 inches|