Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Hitting the Slopes: Skiing at Wild Mountain

It was a mild winter day by Minnesota standards–the temperature was hovering around 10°F and we were itching to get out on the slopes for the first skiing session of the season. Plus, it was Micah’s birthday, so we had to get out and go on an adventure!

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

We hopped on Liftopia.com to purchase discount lift and rental tickets a couple of days prior, and we’re excited to see the several nearby ski hills had tickets available. If you are into skiing or snowboarding, you should definitely hit up Liftopia–we use it a few times a year and it saves a ton of money! Now if only all the ski resorts nearby were listed on the site…but, I digress…

We were excited to see temperatures above 0°F, but we still piled on the layers and made our way out east to Wild Mountain. Neither of us had ever skied here before, so we were excited to give it a try.

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Last year we learned that if you head to a ski hill near the Twin Cities midday during the week, you will likely have a quiet day on the slopes. Any school groups that are there should be starting to pack up, and the after school crowds won’t arrive for several more hours. When we arrived, we were the only ones getting our lift tickets and rentals, and the slopes proved to be quiet, as well.

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

I was very grateful that we timed our visit during a slow period because I am still in the skill development phase of my skiing ability to say the least. As I’ve mentioned before, when I was younger, I would just fly straight downhill snowplowing the entire way. That was pretty much standard on our little hometown hill because you would likely reach the bottom before anything too terrible could happen. After heading out west to the mountains last year, I quickly realized that I need to learn how to control myself on skis. Thankfully, I had a bit of practice last winter, but a refresher was definitely in order again this year.

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

We hopped on the chairlift and decided to try what looked like the easiest hill first. Well, it was definitely easy–we laughed almost the entire way down because it felt more like a cross country ski trail than downhill skiing. I was ok with that though, as it made me get some of my comfort back. The snow was a little icy as the snow machines were running, but overall, it wasn’t too bad.

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Micah doesn’t need any practice on skis so we split up for a while so he could go down any hill he wanted. I decided to spend the majority of the afternoon practicing my control on the easier hills because when I go on steeper hills, I automatically revert back to my old snowplowing ways. I don’t want to worry about killing myself next time we are at a larger mountain!

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

There are 26 runs at Wild Mountain and 4 chairlifts. The trails range from green to double black diamond, but this is Minnesota after all, so our tougher hills are nothing like they are in the mountains! They also have terrain park runs and snow tubing.

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

In the summer, Wild Mountain has an alpine slide, go karts, a water park and more. It’s actually a bit comical because the water park is located in the center of the ski hills, so you can sometimes see snow covered water slides when you are skiing!

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

After a few hours of skiing we decided to head inside, warm up and grab a snack. We ordered some cheese curds and soda (healthy, I know) and peeled off a few layers of clothes. As we sat in the chalet, we watched the after school crowd pour in. We had full intentions of skiing a bit more, but we kind of lost our steam and motivation as we thawed out. Plus, it was almost time for Micah’s birthday dinner, so we packed up and made our way back home. It was a great first ski of the year–hopefully next time I will feel more comfortable on the slopes!

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Skiing at Wild Mountain in Minnesota

Do you know how to ski? Where is your favorite spot to hit the slopes?

 

12 Comments
  • Last Minute Holidays
    Posted at 06:36h, 19 February Reply

    Enjoyed your experience. Would like to see a video of the fun you have had there.

  • Matt
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    Posted at 10:04h, 20 February Reply

    Looks like a fun day. Happy birthday, Micah!

  • Lauren
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    Posted at 00:22h, 22 February Reply

    I haven’t been skiing in years, but I’m dying to learn how to snowboard. Justin loves to go snowboarding, so I hope he has enough patience to teach me 🙂 It’s been a tough year here for skiing in Ontario – it’s been too warm, and not enough snow!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:11h, 01 March Reply

      We’ve had a pretty rough winter here, too, but I’m glad we had a bit of good weather to get out and ski! Hope you can give snowboarding a try sometime! I would need someone patient to teach me as well–I can’t stay up on a snowboard for more than a few seconds, lol!
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  • Rebecca
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    Posted at 11:57h, 22 February Reply

    I’m not a skier, nor a huge fan of cold weather – but I have to admit, this looks beautiful! Did you know it’s possible to ski in Greece? People only ever really equate Greece with islands, beaches and sunshine – but it’s got great skiing too.
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  • Vanessa
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    Posted at 08:01h, 24 February Reply

    Happy Birthday Micah! This looks like such a gorgeous ski hill. I have been down hill skiing exactly once – it was in the 6th grade, I was absolutely traumatized (10% skiing, 90% because it was grade 6) and I’ve never been back. But I love that there was a hill there that was practically like cross country skiing. That’s definitely something I could get behind!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:06h, 01 March Reply

      Thanks, Vanessa! Oh no, sounds like a horrible experience! It is hard to get the hang of it. You should give Cross Country a skiing sometime for sure! Lot less likely have a big tumble and easier to control your speed! 🙂
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  • Colleen
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    Posted at 01:44h, 25 February Reply

    Looks like such a fun day, great to see so much detail about the activities too. I’ve only tried skiing once but would love to try again soon. Your photos really inspired me.
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