Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area
The Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area features a lighted tubing hill with lifts and snowmaking, a beginner-level downhill ski and snowboard hill, and almost 18K of cross-country ski trails.
Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted some of our usual operations at Elm Creek. See what changes will be in place this season and how to prepare for your visit.
Elm Creek PDF Maps
Find printable maps of the park on the Elm Creek Park Reserve page.
Hours, Rates & Passes
Tubing Hill: Open. Advance online reservations required.
Cross-country Ski Trails: Open. Rentals available.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding: Terrain park and north hill are open. The bunny hill is open for public use from 5-9 PM. Reservations are not required for downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Hours & Rates
View hours, rates and season pass information for all activities.
The season typically begins in early December and goes through mid-March, weather permitting. Hours and rates vary for tubing, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding — Open; Terrain Park Only
Hours, Rates & Passes
Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area offers downhill skiing and snowboarding hills for beginners. View hours, rates and season pass information.
Registration for the SnowSports Academy is now open! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your skills, the expert instructors at the SnowSports Academy are experienced in teaching skiing and snowboarding to all ages and abilities. Choose from private, semi-private or public lessons.
Check back for more details on the 2020-21 season.
Elm Creek is proud to host a number of competitive clubs that provide unique opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
Elm Creek Alpine Race Team
The Race Team is designed to be a competitive experience in a fun environment. Skiers age 6-18 develop fundamental skills, learn to be part of a team, and gain a passion for skiing.
Register for Elm Creek's Alpine Race Team
Elm Creek X Team
This is an introductory snowboard and twin-tip competition program. Improve your skills in free riding, big air and gates.
Safety on the Slopes
Three Rivers Parks is committed to promoting slope safety. Observe Your Responsibility Code and other guidelines for a great snow sports experience.
Hyland Hills Ski Area
Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Elm Creek is suitable for beginners and lessons. For more challenging hills, visit Hyland Hills Ski Area.
Minnesota Ski Area Association
Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area is a member of the Minnesota Ski Area Association.
Cross-Country Skiing — Open
See hours for trails and the chalet.
Elm Creek offers 18.3K of groomed cross-country ski trails, including 5.8K with lights and 2.5K with snowmaking. Lessons are available! Learn more about cross-country skiing at Three Rivers, and check trail conditions before you visit.
Tubing — Open
The tubing hill is open.
NEW FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON: Advance online reservations are required for tubing. Tubes can be reserved in two-hour timeframes up to 14 days in advance as conditions allow. A maximum of 10 tubes per day can be reserved.
View regular rates and hours.
Speed down the tubing hill at Elm Creek and catch a ride back to the top on a moving sidewalk. Learn more about tubing at Elm Creek.
Sledding — Open
What's better than the thrill of flying down a snow-covered hill on a chilly winter day? Grab your sled and head to the Winter Recreation Area for hours of fun. Check hill conditions here before you head out.