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.

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.

Powder Ridge Ski Area Lodging:

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 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Powder Ridge Ski Area's slopes see on average 45 inches (18 cm) of snowfall a year.

Trails
Total Runs
20
Ski Lift
Lifts
7
Skier
Skiable Acres
60(0 km2)
Snow
Annual Snowfall
45"(18 cm)

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
790'(241 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
310'(94 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
500'(152 m)

Powder Ridge Ski Area Difficulty Level

Score
Difficulty Score
22.9out of 100
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Powder Ridge Ski Area 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 45% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 310 feet.

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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

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
45%(27 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
Intermediate
40%(24 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
Expert
15%(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 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 nearby the town of Kimball, MN.

Address:
Kimball, MN 55353 USA
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Website:
powderridge.com

GPS Coordinates:
45.33000, -94.31000

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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN61 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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Saint Cloud Regional AirportSTCSaint Cloud, MN19 mi
Brainerd Lakes Regional AirportBRDBrainerd, MN74 mi
Rochester International AirportRSTRochester, MN132 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
HylandMinneapolis, MN1,075 ft25%58 mi
Buck HillBurnsville, MN1,225 ft26%66 mi
Mount KatoMankato, MN540 ft37%83 mi
Andes TowerBackus, MN1,620 ft31%98 mi
Chester Bowl ParkDuluth, MN875 ft17%98 mi
Lutsen MountainsLutsen, MN1,913 ft44%98 mi

Powder Ridge Ski Area Mountain Stats

NameStatistic
Summit Elevation790 ft
Base Elevation500 ft
Vertical Drop310 ft
Trails20
(45% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  15% Expert)
Lifts7
Skiable Acres60
Avg. Annual Snowfall45 inches
Powder Ridge Ski Area Mountain Stats