Hyland Park may be small, even by Midwestern standards with a 175-foot vertical, but, it's less than an hour drive for almost 2 million Twin City residents.

It produces copious numbers of skiers and snowboarders. Nearly 40,000 snow sports lessons will be given this season at the government-operated area.

Adult all-day lift tickets are $29 and child tickets (11 and younger) is $26.  Weekend nightly lift tickets are $15.  Lesson programs, which run from four to six weeks, start from $139 without rental equipment and $149 including rental.

Literally hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans have learned to ski or ride here since the first rope tow was thrown up in the 1950s.  In the '60s it became part of the 25,000-acre nationally acclaimed Hennepin Parks system and has never looked back.

Hyland is within sight of the Minneapolis skyline and open an average of 12 hours a day from November to March, making it convenient and comfortable for parents and kids.  More than 300 instructors are ready to start teaching programs for youngsters from as young as 4 through teens as soon as snowguns cover the slopes.   Longer six-week programs begin in January.  Many of the programs for younger skiers require a parent to be on snow as well. Follow the link below to view programs and download signup forms.  Parents enjoy complimentary equipment storage while skiing with their children.

On any given winter day and night Hyland buzzes with activity.  High school racers are running gates, USSA Team programs may be going on, and freestyle team members practice on moguls and jumps.  Teen snowboarders and twin-tip skiers make endless laps on the terrain park rope tow in front of the A-frame base lodge.  National downhill champion Kaylin Richardson and Winter X-Games snowboard gold medalist Steve Fisher both got their start at Hyland.

Families in most large cities don't have the advantage of having a ski area, large or small, within sight of their skyline.  Twin City families do, and they utilize it.

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