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Welch Village


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Trailshide Bunkhouses 



The bunkhouses can accommodate up to 30 people each and there is a shared bath.  Bring your sleeping bag and pillow. Rate includes lodging and lift ticket. 

Extra person charges may apply


$59 and up 



















Base Lodge
Madd Jaxx Chalet 



2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


Welch Village

Welch Village sits in the scenic Cannon River Valley, 40 miles south of the Twin Cities, and has been family-owned since 1965. There is something for every type and ability of skier and boarder. Not only is there alpine skiing, but there is snowboarding, a terrain park, half-pipe, night skiing and 30km of cross-country trails.

Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation700'
General-Vertical drop360'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds140 acres
General-Snow making coverage140 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: NONE

Cons: Too much to list

Wow! where do I start with this dumb place. Badly goomed trails. Icy! Icy! Icy! WAY over priced for what you get. Terrain park....who the build a terrian park on flat ground with no speed to hit it? Why? dumb park crew is all I have to say. Nothing nice to say about this place. Went to the bar and waited for a long time for the bartender to service me. Why? cause he's busy talkin' to another co worker and me as a customer can wait. Not just this one time..but everytime I went there. Ordered a cheese burger and got my order after everybody in my crew who ordered after me. I had to go back to get my order in again. Do not recommend this place to anyone. By far nothing compare to Afton...not even close! Not snowboarder friendly at all. A bunch of old snotty ass skiiers. Tuning station to fix board have no phillip screw drivers but 10 flat heads....go figure! When you have dumb people running it...you get a dumb place! Never going back! For $49 dollar? it's not the cheapest as below review! it's one of the more expensive places in the twin citiy and main chalet doesn't serve liquor so only mad jaxx with idiotic bartenders. Can't say enough bad about this place. Don't waste your time with this place...Go to Afton if you're from the twin cities. 



Pros: Best Variety of Runs near the Twin Cities

Cons: The drive

Welch's fall lines have the most variety of any ski area within 2 hours of the Twin Cities.


The best value for a season pass near the Twin Cities.


Best place to race in Minnesota, or for former racers to just have fun skiing.


It's still a small area, but it's the best near the Twin Cities, for what that's worth.


Good grooming, although they probably need to groom a little more often than they do.


More black runs, than most places have runs total, and many of the blues are better than any blacks at any area within two hours drive.  Best chalet in the area, best food, the bar at Mad Jax is nice, but caters to more of a dive bar atmosphere, compared to the bar in the main chalet.


Great parking, at either chalet.  


Pros: larger athen the rest, cheaper, the best race courses in the twin cities

Cons: often busy on the green side, not utah

The previous review is very useful. Night skiing here isn't as gfood as afton who has better lightening, but a good place to go and ski with some variety.

However, their "back bowl" is nothing more than a few straight runs with no place oto turn. If that's your thing, go for it, but it is mightly boring besides the funnel into the lift, which usually has enough yard sales, and people inching downward to make it completely hazardeous, not because one would fall, but because its easy to run someone over.

"Double black?" no way... not even close to "black" out west. But thats what the system is for.



Pros: Instructors, varried terrain, relatively quick lifts, freindly staff

Cons: Snow conditions, but that is not their fault.

I have never been to Afton, but after reading the reviews and talking to all the locals when I was in Minneapolis, Welch is the best choice in Minnesota and if you are going to ski the whole day they are also the cheapest. 

Welch offers many different types of terrain and sports the only double black diamond in the area (East, not West, coast level).  They use two faces of the "mountain" and even have a back bowl.  The staff is very friendly and accommodating and the instructors are the bees knees!

I took some private lessons with Gary (aka "wolfman" from his days at Wolf Creek) and all I can say is WOW.  They guy was very good and extremely friendly.  He took my friend, who has NEVER skied before, and after 1 hour, he could tackle any green.  Taking what he learned from Gary, my friend and I later progressed to blue and even tried a black.

Overall a great experience and am not in the least reluctant to give Welch Village a strong recommendation.  Go there and you will not disappointed.  I wasn't and that was even considering the fact that I went at the end of the season and was skiing on ice and mush.  Come to think of it, this makes Gary's accomplishment even more amazing.

I will be posting some videos and pics in the future.  Search my name or Welch village and you should find it.  I hope this review helps.

Anna's Alley to Paula's Party thru Heidi's Hollow to Ski Shule with Gary

Long Way Home to Coulee with a look at the Triple R

Welch Village - Leaping Lizard