Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

The Winter Recreation Area in Elm Creek Park Reserve 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.

After the action, winter sports enthusiasts can warm their toes and grab a hot cocoa in the chalet. A blend of modern and rustic, the chalet provides equipment rental, concessions, public seating and a fireplace. In the summer, hikers, bikers and others use the chalet as a stopping point before hitting the trails. The chalet is also a popular spot for weddings and corporate events.

Elm Creek PDF Maps

Find printable maps of the park on the Elm Creek Park Reserve page.

Ski Trails Open Starting Nov. 25

Approximately 1K of cross-country ski trails will be open starting Saturday, Nov. 25! 

Hit the slopes at Elm Creek whenever you want with a season pass! Ten-punch visit passes are also available. Get yours today!

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. Sign up today!

Hours and Rates

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 at Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area.

Competitive Programs

Elm Creek is proud to host a number of competitive clubs that provide unique opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Team registration opens in the fall.

Elm Creek Alpine Race Team

A developmental program designed to build skills, improve technique, and instill a passion for the slopes. The Race Team is designed to be a competitive experience in a fun environment. Skiers aged 6-18 develop fundamental skills, learn to be part of a team, and gain a passion for skiing in a fun environment. Competitions are against other ski areas.

Register for Elm Creek's Alpine Race Team

Elm Creek X Team

This introductory snowboard and twin-tip competition program includes events with other local teams. Improve your skills in free riding, big air and gates.

Register for Elm Creek's Snowboard X Comp Team or Twin Tip X Comp Team

Cross-Country Skiing – Passes On Sale Now!

Annual passes are on sale now. Get yours today!

Peacefully explore the park while getting a great, low-impact workout! 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.


Speed down the tubing hill at Elm Creek and catch a ride back to the top on a moving sidewalk. From steeper chutes for the more daring to a laid-back ride on slower lanes, there's something for the whole family! Learn more about tubing at Elm Creek.

Dec. 9 | Elm Creek
Celebrate cross-country skiing at this free inaugural event! Bring the whole family for a day of rennet tours, demonstrations, free lessons and rentals, and more. The first 1,000 visitors receive a free gift!


Three Rivers Parks is committed to promoting slope safety. Observe Your Responsibility Code and other guidelines for a great snow sports experience.

Trail Designations

Three Rivers promotes responsible recreation area behavior. Know your ability and make yourself familiar with recreation area markings. We recommend skiers and snowboarders begin with the easiest hill or obstacle and work up, no matter their ability level.

All of the trails are designated with the common trail marking symbols found throughout North America:

Green circle = easiest
Blue square = more difficult
Black diamond = most difficult
Orange oval = freestyle terrain (may include half-pipes, terrain parks and terrain features)

Get great benefits, including a free season pass, competitive wages, a fast-paced environment, flexible hours and more. Check out all employment opportunities and apply today!

Join the National Ski Patrol, a nationally-recognized group of volunteers. Highly motivated, enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to apply. Stop by Guest Services in the Chalet or contact Ashley O'Rourke, 763.694.7802, for more information.

Hyland Hills Ski Area

Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Elm Creek is suitable for beginners and lessons. For more challenging hills, visit the Hyland Hills Ski Area.

Minnesota Ski Area Association

Explore Minnesota Slopes logoThe Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area is a member of the Minnesota Ski Area Association.