Set in the picturesque Cannon Valley, Welch Village provides skiers with a feeling of skiing in the mountains while being in Southern Minnesota.
“We’re generally regarded as having some of the best terrain in the Minnesota,” Welch Village Vice President of Mountain Services said.
Welch Village features 60 runs, including four black diamonds along with some of the steepest front-face runs in the region.
Welch Village also has extensive snow making capabilities, which makes it one of the first ski resorts open each season in the area.
Welch Village caters to skiers of all skill levels and in fact is the only licensed Primary Movements Teaching System, which teaches direct parallel skiing. PMTS allows coaches to teach the same movements as world cup racers.
Welch Village is also in the beginning stages of creating a terrain park. Welch Village spent this summer grading the hill and finishing an erosion control program. The grading process added a 15 percent grade for the hill which will allow for free-style skiing in the future.
The ski resort also features live music on Saturday nights and offers discounts with its partners, Big Sky Montana, Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming and Lutsen Mountains.
Honorable Mention: Mount Kato Ski Area