Welch Village ski area, Minnesota, Management Description
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|| ||Welch Village ski area Management Says:|
Located less than an hour SE of the Twin Cities and north of Rochester in the Cannon River Valley, Welch Village Resort is expanding from 50 to 61 runs for the 2008-09 season with the addition of the New Back Bowl. Eleven new runs, a new quad chairlift and additional snowmaking will make Welch Village one of the largest in the region, offering some of the best terrain, snowmaking and grooming, while remaining one of the
favorites of Midwest skiers and boarders with their emphasis on families. At the Skilink Learning center, lesson packages are geared to get the beginner hooked on skiing or riding for a great value while enticing them to become part
|of our season membership. Winter camping for groups and two chalets which include our new Snowflake Deli for everyone and Madd Jaxx Grille and Bar for the adult crowd, only add to the great experience of skiing or riding at Welch Village.|
WELCH VILLAGE RESORT EXPANSION
Welch Village Resort announced in April 2008 that contracts had been negotiated with the key equipment suppliers to enable opening of their back bowl slopes for the 2008-09 winter season.
A new four passenger chairlift designed by Doppelmayr CTEC, the leading manufacturer of ski lifts in the world, is under construction for the west side of the Back Bowl. Snowmaking for the twelve new slopes includes 7000 feet of
pipe, four new Polecat fan units from SMI Snow Makers, and 30 York Watersticks from Johnson Controls. A new Piston Bully snow grooming machine has been purchased from Kassbohrer ATV to enable daily grooming of the new, mostly advanced
slopes. Construction of the new slopes and equipment is on schedule, aimed at opening Dec. 26, 2008.|
Opening of the new slopes will add terrain features substantially different from the fifty runs now open to skiers and snowboarders
at Welch Village. The slopes face south and east away from the prevailing northwest winds in the winter season. Layout of the slopes includes two large bowl areas plus several sharply pitched advanced runs, and a long connecting
valley with an interesting fall line. Another new quad chairlift is planned for the Back Bowl area, as well as a small ''on the top'' day chalet, hopefully opening for the 2009-10 season.
For the first month after opening, the
Back Bowl will only be open to guests who have membership status. For the remainder of the season the new slopes will be open to all qualified guests. Because of the more advanced nature of the new slopes, limitations of use will
be needed for guests new to the sport. More information and pictures of the project can be found online at www.welchvillage.com. Membership options are also available for purchase online prior to season opening.
* Distances listed are direct linear distances, actual travel distance may be different.|
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|These outdoors activities are available near Welch Village ski area.|
| ||Ski Areas Near Welch Village ski area:|
Afton Alps, Minnesota
, 15 miles away|
350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
20% Expert & Adv.
Buck Hill, Minnesota
, 39 miles away|
309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
32% Expert & Adv.
, 40 miles away|
260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
33% Expert & Adv.
Wild Mountain, Minnesota
, 42 miles away|
300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
34% Expert & Adv.
, 46 miles away|
175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
20% Expert & Adv.
Mount Kato, Minnesota
, 92 miles away|
240 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
17% Expert & Adv.
| ||Whitewater Near Welch Village ski area:|
Vermilion River, Dakota
, 12 miles away, Class II-III+ - 0.5 miles long (Falls to Old Mill in Hastings)|
Apple River, St.Croix
, 28 miles away, Class I-II - 2 miles long (Somerset)|