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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 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 Membership options are also available for purchase online prior to season opening.


Hotels Near Welch Village ski area, Minnesota

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Red Wing, MN, Red Wing
8.2 miles away
Hastings Country Inn, Hastings
11.2 miles away
Rodeway Inn Red Wing, Red Wing
11.7 miles away
Best Western Rivertown Hotel & Suites, Red Wing
11.8 miles away
Super 8 Red Wing, Red Wing
11.8 miles away
AmericInn Red Wing, Red Wing
12 miles away
Saratoga Inn & Suites, Cannon Falls
12.9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Zumbrota
13 miles away
St James Hotel Historic Hotels Of America, Red Wing
13.5 miles away
Days Inn Red Wing, Red Wing
15.7 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cottage Grove, MN, Cottage Grove
19.2 miles away
* Distances listed are direct linear distances, actual travel distance may be different.


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   20% Beginner
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Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 40 miles away
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   33% Beginner
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 42 miles away
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Hyland, Minnesota , 46 miles away
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Mount Kato, Minnesota , 92 miles away
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 Whitewater Near Welch Village ski area:
Vermilion River, Dakota County , 12 miles away, Class II-III+ - 0.5 miles long (Falls to Old Mill in Hastings)
Apple River, St.Croix County , 28 miles away, Class I-II - 2 miles long (Somerset)
 National Parks Near Welch Village ski area:
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, St. Paul - MN , 31 miles away
Saint Croix National Scenic River, Saint Croix Falls - WI , 42 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Welch Village ski area:
Gopher Hills Golf Course, Cannon Falls , 6 miles away
Bellwood Oaks Public Golf Course, Hastings , 8 miles away
Hidden Golf Course, Hastings , 9 miles away

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