Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

Hitting the Slopes: Relearning to Ski and Attempting to Snowboard

So, I haven’t been skiing since I was in 8th grade, and since I’m nearing my third decade of life, 8th grade was quite some time ago. I was 6 when I learned how to ski and we used to go a few times a year. That doesn’t mean I was necessarily good, but I definitely had the hang of it and felt comfortable on our small Minnesotan slopes.

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

After moving back to Minnesota and such a long hiatus from skiing, we decided we needed to start hitting the slopes again. We haven’t spent much time at home this winter, but we did manage to strap on some skis and boards a few times at two different spots.

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

Three Rivers Park District: Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

Micah’s birthday was just around the corner so to celebrate we went skiing and snowboarding with friends. I never realized how many ski hills were located in such a close vicinity to the Twin Cities, so we had plenty to choose from. The Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area in Minneapolis is super close to our friends place and the evening rate is only $37 per person ($15 “nights under the lights” weekend rate plus $22 rental), so that’s where we went!  They are in the process of building a new chalet, so everything is a bit rusty around the edges right now.  I am excited to see how it turns out though–it looks like it will be pretty nice when they are finished.

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at snowboarding for a few years, so I started out on a board because the rental desk assured me that I could change my rental to skis if I wanted. Micah knows how to both ski and snowboard, but like me, hasn’t been on the slopes in years, either. He decided to go snowboarding too, and even though he was a bit rusty, he picked it up pretty quick. Me on the other hand…my first attempt didn’t go so smooth! I couldn’t stay up and since I didn’t have anyone to actually teach me, I gave up and decided to switch to skiing. However, I do need to give it another chance one day soon.

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Switching was definitely the right move–after one run down the bunny hill, I was good to go and finally able to stay on my feet for the first time all night! We really didn’t have much time on the slopes, but we did get to go down a few runs. It was so great getting out to ski again–and thankfully the first attempt went fairly well!

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

On our second visit to the Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area, we both went skiing. We happened to arrive at the perfect time–right when the school groups were leaving and before the evening rush started.  The slopes were practically empty, so I was able to practice and start learning to have a bit of control.  Typically, I’m used to just flying straight down the hill, but now I feel a bit more comfortable!

Skiing at Hyland Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Andes Tower Hills

When I saw a Groupon deal for the resort I frequented growing up, I knew I had to buy it. This is Minnesota, so again, the hills are quite small and nothing like real mountains, but it’s still fun to get out anyways, especially at a spot that feels like home. We met some family at Andes and had a wonderful evening despite the frigid temperatures.

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

I didn’t even bother to try snowboarding this time, and instead, clicked right into some skis. Still wanting to practice his snowboarding techniques, Micah hopped on a snowboard, and away we went.

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

Skiing at Andes Tower HIlls in Alexandria, Minnesota

When I was taking a break and warming up in the lodge, I noticed Micah heading back towards the rental counter. Apparently he had enough on the snowboard and decided to take another stab at skiing. After dusting the skis off again, he was so fired up and ready to take on every hill around. In fact, he got so amped up and excited about skiing that he can’t stop bugging me to get back out on the hills, which is why we went back to Hyland a second time. And, I can’t complain because I can use all the practice I can get before we head to the mountains again!

Have you been skiing or snowboarding? Which do you prefer?

 

20 Comments
  • kami
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    Posted at 09:25h, 12 February Reply

    just like you I haven’t done skiing since I was a little kid. And I’m terrified to try it again but maybe I should follow your example…
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  • Hannah
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    Posted at 18:06h, 12 February Reply

    I haven’t skiied for 3-4 years now. Darn winters have been so cold, frostbite warnings daily, and even though I am Canadian and should be used it it, so don’t want to be out in it! I miss it though.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 19:47h, 15 February Reply

      Yeah I know what you mean about the cold–I should be used to it too, but I just can’t stay warm in the winter! Thankfully we’ve had a pretty nice winter here, not like last year! Hope it warms up for you soon so you can get out and enjoy winter some!
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  • Alli
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    Posted at 08:49h, 13 February Reply

    Good for you for trying it out!! I snowboarded for the first time in Switzerland and ended up just rolling down the hill since I had no idea how to get back up. It was sad! I haven’t tried it again since. I prefer cross country skiing where there are minimal hills and you get a great workout 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 19:45h, 15 February Reply

      Thanks! Oh wow, I would imagine the hills are much larger in Switzerland! I feel your pain about falling and not being able to get back up again, lol–I did the same in Utah earlier this year! Cross country is always fun too, but it’s almost too good of a workout–I get tired to quickly, haha!
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  • Meg Jerrard
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    Posted at 13:16h, 13 February Reply

    Jenna this sounds like so much fun! Good on you for getting back out there! I haven’t skiied or snowboarded before EVER in my life but I do really want to learn someday!
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  • Sammi Wanderlustin'
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    Posted at 04:51h, 15 February Reply

    I hated skiing as a kid, but I really want to learn to snowboard!
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  • antonette - we12travel
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    Posted at 09:21h, 15 February Reply

    We usually go skiing once a a year. This year we went to Austria but there was barely any snow and the slopes were very icy, not a good thing for a beginner. I just wish we’d live closer to the mountains … looks like you had a lot of fun guys!

  • Beth
    Posted at 11:13h, 16 February Reply

    I’m actually the opposite– I’ve only ever been snowboarding a few times (though by now I’d also have to relearn) and I’ve never attempted skiing, although it seems like it would be a lot easier!
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  • Emme
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    Posted at 16:05h, 06 June Reply

    Looks like a fun trip! I prefer skiing myself, but I am always so impressed by snowboarders! I love watching international competitive events because I think it’s so cool how people from all background, countries, and cultures can all be so talented at the same sport! – Emme @ Green Global Travel
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  • Amir
    Posted at 23:09h, 24 January Reply

    I’ve skied since I was 21, but haven’t had the chance to snowboard yet (I’d love to, though). Minnesota looks like a nice place to start out and gain experience. Were the resorts you visited very crowded?

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 04:06h, 10 February Reply

      Yeah, Minnesota can definitely be a good place to get started skiing or snowboarding! A lot of the hills are on the smaller side and aren’t as crowded as resorts out west like in Colorado, but it depends on when you visit. Lutsen Mountain is one of our favorite resorts in Minnesota. They have some great hills and it’s the largest ski resort in the midwest–great place to go if you ever visit MN!
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      • Amir
        Posted at 09:27h, 15 February Reply

        Sounds amazing! I hope I get the chance to go someday. I’ve heard Colorado also has great skiing spots. If you go on a snow trip again, would you try snowboarding again, or go straight to skiing?

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