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Hyland Hills Ski Area
Hyland Hills Ski Area Logo.png
Overlooking Hyland Hills ski area chalet
Overlooking Hyland Hills ski area chalet
Location Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.
Nearest city Minneapolis
Coordinates 44°50′38″N 93°21′50″W / 44.844°N 93.364°W / 44.844; -93.364Coordinates: 44°50′38″N 93°21′50″W / 44.844°N 93.364°W / 44.844; -93.364
Vertical    175 ft (53 m)
Top elevation    1,075 ft (328 m)
Base elevation    900 ft (270 m)
Runs 13 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 3 easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 4 more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 4 most difficult
2 Freestyle Terrain
Lift system 2 quad chairlifts
1 triple chairlift
1 rope tow
2 magic carpets
Terrain parks 2
Snowfall 60 in (150 cm)
Snowmaking yes
Night skiing every night
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Hyland Hills Ski Area is a ski area in Bloomington, Minnesota, United States, just south of Minneapolis. It is owned and operated by Three Rivers Park District. It is one of the three ski areas in the Twin Cities metropolitan area; the others are Afton Alps, and Buck Hill. As a popular destination located near the Mall of America, Hyland receives 160,000 visitors per year. While Minnesota's winters are cold, the average snowfall is low for a ski area (less than 60 in.), due to this, there is often use of Artificial snow to help maintain the viability of the slopes.

In 2016 the chalet underwent a $13.3 million renovation that more than doubled the size of the previous. The new chalet is 36,000 square feet, and includes a gear shop, rentals, and a restaurant. The chalet is also open to host private events.


In the 1950s, the Hyland Hills Ski Area was known as Mt. Normandale, with an annual attendance of around 48,000 skiers. After a snow-drought of 6 years, the number of skiers dropped significantly. This caused Normandale to purchase a snowmaker and a sitzlift in an attempt to bring more skiers into the area. The owners, Gordy Bowen and Oscar Strand, found that this did little to help their business as the man-made snow settled into a hard mass and they did not have the grooming tools necessary to maintain the artificial snow.

Soon after Bowen and Strand's efforts, the Hennepin County Park Reserve District bought the area, and renamed it to Hyland Hills Ski Area. With the addition of sophisticated grooming equipment, a new set of buildings, and proper chairlifts, the Hyland Hills Ski Area regained its former popularity.

Ski Clubs

Hyland is home to many different ski and snowboard clubs for a variety of ages and skill level. Among these is Three Rivers Racing, an Alpine Skiing club for youth aged 6–21 that provides premier coaching for aspiring skiers and has trained racers who end up competing in national, World Cup, and Olympic level races. Hyland also hosts both USSA freestyle skiing and racing teams and the G Team, one of the leading snowboard clubs in the midwest. The Minneapolis Ski Club also offers Nordic Ski Jumping training at the ski jump at Hyland.

Winter activities

Summer activities

The park is open in the off-season for a variety of activities that include,

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