SnowSports Academy

We offer downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages and abilities. Our instructors are some of the best in the Midwest and use proven teaching techniques to help students learn these fun and challenging winter sports.

Choose from group lessons and private or semi-private lessons, based on your needs and preference. Students are evaluated on the first day and separated into groups by age and ability. All lessons include lift ticket. Optional equipment rental is available for $10.  

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area • Maple Grove

Youth and Adult Lesson Registration Begins
  • By mail
  • Online
Oct. 20
Oct. 21
  • By phone at 763.559.6700 Oct. 22
Competitive Team Registration Begins
  • Online only Sept. 2
Private & Semi-Private Lesson Registration Begins
  • By phone at 763.694.2050 Nov. 10

Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area • Bloomington

Youth and Adult Lesson Registration Begins
  • Online only Oct. 21
Competitive Team Registration Begins
  • Online only Sept. 2
Private & Semi-Private Lesson Registration Begins
  • In person at Hyland* Nov. 4
  • By phone at 763.694.7800 ext. 2 Nov. 5

*Pre-season hours for registration: 10 AM-5 PM Mondays-Fridays beginning Oct. 27, and 9 AM-Noon Saturdays beginning Nov. 2.

arrow graphic Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

Located in Maple Grove, the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek features rope and handle tow lifts, several runs and a terrain park with jumps and rails. Adult and children's ski and snowboard lessons are offered, along with convenient equipment rental.

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arrow graphic Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area

Recognized as one of the finest snowsports schools, the ski and snowboard area at Hyland offers programs and lessons for every level of skier or rider. Located in Bloomington, Hyland features chair lifts, rope tows, conveyor lifts, a progressive terrain park and nine runs.  

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Private and Semi-private Instruction
Whether you're a beginner or an expert, personal instruction allows you to learn at your own pace and realize your goals. Our professional instructors focus on making you a better skier or snowboarder in a fun, relaxed environment. Lift ticket and rental are not included. Scheduling is based on instructor availability. Call 763.694.7800 ext. 2 for HSSA and 763.694.2050 for Elm Creek.

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2014-15 Season Operational Updates for Hyland

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area has operated above capacity for the past several years. At the end of last season, the Chalet that has served millions over the past 40 years was removed to make way for a brand new facility scheduled to open for the 2015–16 season. The new project will ease congestion at the Chalet, in the parking lots, and on the roadways. This means that the 2014–15 season will be one you do not want to miss! 

Check our 2014–15 Season FAQs often for the most current operational information.