Cold temperatures, combined with winds, have shut down a number of ski areas across the Midwest, for at least a portion of this last weekend and into tomorrow.
Here in the Twin Cities, Afton Alps, Buck Hill, Trollhaugen, and Welch Village were all closed on Sunday. Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area and Wild Mountain kept the wheels turning until 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively.
At this point, Afton Alps will be the first area to reopen (9:30 a.m. on Tuesday), while Wild Mountain will be the last (noon on Wednesday). Aside from Wild, all areas plan to join Afton in reopening on Tuesday. Welch Village has announced it will reopen at noon; Buck Hill, Hyland, and Trollhaugen plan to reopen at 3:00 p.m.
In an e-mail blast sent out on Saturday morning, a spokesman for Trollhaugen said, “For those looking to get their ski/shred on in any weather, we salute you! However, even with my impressively manufactured facial hair, –42 [predicted wind-chill] doesn’t sound so delicious.”
For more, see Twin Cities Ski & Ride.