Vail Resorts has recently purchased Afton Alps Ski Resort, welcoming them into their Epic Family now consisting of 26 different mountains in 4 different countries. It is quite an exciting time for the Minnesota Family Ski Hill. Not only is Afton celebrating their 50th year of operation in the 2013/2014 Season but Vail Resorts has plans for a $10 million dollar capital improvement campaign.
Over 70 new Snowmaking Guns and an improved system spread throughout the 300 acres of skiable terrain will allow an earlier start and extend the season further into the spring. To match the improvements of the quality of man-made snow, Afton is implementing a re-imagining of the guest experience. Enhanced customer service, a wide range of Ski Pass options, an improved Food and Beverage department, world class coaching and instruction; Afton Alps will continue to be the beloved Mom and Pop Ski Resort but will now boast a world class feel.
Perhaps the most exciting enhancement to the hill will be the brand new terrain park designed and to be built by world renowned Snow Park Technologies. SPT has built over 250 Competition Courses; including all of the Winter X Games and Winter X Games Europe courses, the Winter Dew Tour, the Burton US Open, and the Vans Triple Crown. This winter Afton will claim the areas most innovative park system; consisting of three different sections for skiers and riders of every level, as well as a new teaching area. SPT has designed one of a kind signature features for the park, which will be accessible by new tow ropes. The highly anticipated state-of-the-art air garden will sit atop SPT’s illustrious list of park creations.
The 2013/2014 Winter Season has already been a stellar event for Afton Alps Ski Resort without a single flake falling from the heavens. The improvements Vail Resorts has in place for Afton will expand the hill’s horizons and improve the ski experience for the MidWestern shredder. The St. Croix River Valley has held this gem of a ski area in her bosom for fifty years. Now, she will have the chance to show the world that Afton is where Epic begins.
To learn more about Afton Alps Ski Resort and how you can have an Epic Season click here.
Friday, October 4, 2013. The afternoon was overcast and cold, anticipation hung in the air like linen fresh from the wash bin. The base of Afton Alps Ski Resort was teeming with skiers young and old. Were they there to envision future shlooshing, schmearing, and carving only a few short weeks away? Possibly. Were they there for an electric boogaloo 80s style dance fight in the parking lot? Probably not. More than likely, they were there to see me…standing next to the only American woman to bag Olympic Gold in downhill, achieve four World Cup overall titles, and come away with 59 World Cup wins; none other than Minnesota Native Lindsey Vonn.
Afton Alps was recently purchased by Vail Resorts, becoming the 26th mountain in their new Epic Pass. To promote this and the 10 million dollar capital campaign Vail has in place for improvements to Afton; Vail Ski Ambassador and the Greatest American Skier of All Time, Lindsey Vonn visited with locals at the family oriented ski hill. Under the shadow of more than 70 new snowmaking guns recently acquired by Afton, Vonn met with children from Afton’s Development Team. She graciously signed autographs and took pictures with all the young racers then met with media before addressing the crowd of locals.
Ms. Vonn answered questions about being home and back at Afton, rehabbing her knee after a devastating injury last season, and her goals for 2014. Very informative and very captivating. Yet, something was missing. What makes Lindsey Vonn, Lindsey Vonn? Sensing this void of pertinent information I pounced on the opportunity to discuss such pressing issues as early 90s hair design and prepubescent childhood sitcoms. Finally, the people would get answers to questions keeping them up at night. Finally, there would be peace of ski mind. Friday, October 4, 2013 will be a day that lives on forever. Pulitzer, Emmy; yes I expect these awards but is that the reason for such a hard hitting and fact finding interview? No. I am a man of the people and for the people. A man…of action.
For more information on how you can have an Epic Season at Afton Alps click here.
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Video by: Eli Olson
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