Afton Alps ski area - TRAIL

Afton Alps ski area - Trail, Afton, Minnesota

Various trails from some knee breaking uphills to singletrack to fast descents looping across the ski hills. Quite fun when dry. Rather tough going when wet (a lot of off-camber stuff). I try to race here every so often but my status as an old, fat, slow guy seems to hamper my ability to actually compete with the fast guys. It's always humbling.

User Reviews (17)

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odedbiker   Cross Country Rider [Oct 18, 2008]

This was the last weekend that the mountain bike trail was open. Through the winter and until the summer the area is a ski resort. You resgister at the Afton Alps ski resort office and have to pay $9. This was a surprise for me, comming from Israel where all the bike trails are free and open all year. The trail is a a single track, well maintained, medium technical and physical level of difficulty with some short steep climbs and descents. Overall it was fun and recommended to visitors in the Twin City area. Oded

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3
VALUE
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3
Fisherider   Cross Country Rider [Sep 11, 2006]

Pretty good trail. I rode it twice the other day and enjoyed my time with it. $8 dollars/day to ride it is a bit steep, but I could ride it a couple of times per month. The main challenge with this system is the climbs. Lots and lots of climbing, but enough downhill to give a good flow to the system.

Customer Service

The trail is one direction only. Start clubhouse right down the blue stick trail till the red stick trail begins. The red sticks are better single track and the blue are good single track. Ride everything for a decent challenge. Great training ride and good race course.

Similar Products Used: Decorah, Iowa - still the best
Red Wing - just ride it
Lebannon Hills - it is fast
River bottoms - something different
Lutsen - downhills with chairlifts
Pincushin Mtn. Grand Marais - sweet new single track
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4
VALUE
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4
Fisherider   Racer [Sep 10, 2006]

Not to bad of a trail. $8 a day to ride will keep me from coming here more than twice a month. Nice race course style system. Lots and lots of climbing. The whole system has great flow throughout making it an enjoyable experience. Would not advise riding on a warm sunny day though with the amount of open terrain.

Customer Service

The start is clubhouse right. Pick up the red pole trail just past the golf green and away you go. The whole trail is one direction. Blue poles are the main trail and the red are the better singletrack. Ride the red as much as possible. Pay attention. Worst part of the trail is that it is a long up hill to the end. Oh well, have fun.

Similar Products Used: Red Wing - ride here
Decorah, Iowa - still the best
Lebannon Hills - well it is fast
River Bottoms - something different
Lutsen - they have great downhills and lifts
Pincushin Mtn. Grand Marais - muy bueno
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RATING
4
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4
pinner, from TC 2 Rochstr   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2004]

Riding the Alps is exactly like riding any other Minnesota ski hill: Not much downhill and not much technical challenge. It's too bad b/c there's something to offer in these 700 ft hills covered in hardwood forests.....I guess this is what you can expect from midwest riding.

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2
VALUE
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4
Paul   [Aug 20, 1999]

Jeez. This is one heckuva trail. On my first trip there, flying down the very first hill, i shredded my sidewall...quick trip to my LBS...OK...back riding. This is the best climbing trail I've ridden in the twin Cities area. If you don't climb well, this will be a tough ride...but very fun. There are superfast, downhills, tight switchbacks, off camber singletrack...VERY FUN course. A hydropack is a good idea, instead of bottles. Eat wisely before you go, and plan on spending the day there. Its not that long, maybe 6-7 mile, but the climbs keep you busy. This is a VERY FINE course!!!!It costs 6 clams to ride all day. I would definitely recommend bringing the necessary repair items along, and keep a spare tire in your car.

Customer Service

Same as above.

Similar Products Used: Minnesota River Bottoms, Battle Creek, Moab.
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5
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Ron Wright   [Sep 12, 1999]

Best trail within easy driving distance of the twin cities. Varied terrain and good hills make this a good one. 4 stars, only rides like Lutzen and the kind of riding you find in Colorado deserve 5.

Similar Products Used: Murphy, Lutzen, Holzinger Lodge, Reno Unit
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4
VALUE
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Jason   [Nov 24, 1999]

If you crave Lutzen, but don't want to spend half a day driving, this is the closest you'll get. This is real mtn biking! No panty-waste flat river bottom or operating chair lifts here. Trail is well marked and one-way. Bring a snack for after a couple laps, then take a nap on that nice green grass by the golf course. Eat a light breakfast or it will come up for a visit with all the climbing.

Customer Service

Head east on I-94 from 694/494 in Woodbury and follow the signs. If you cross over the river to Wisc., you missed the signs.

Similar Products Used: Battle Creek if you can't find six clams for the pass
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5
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ZMAN   [Jun 02, 2000]

The entire route is approximately 6 miles long, the race course is 4.75 miles long.
This is a very good training area. There is some nice single track, a short (but fast) downhill, and 1 very nice uphill section (shady lane). Afton is not the best in any one area, but is the best when taking all things into consideration. I go here 2 times per week (annual pass is $85.00) and this is very good training. BEWARE, if this course is wet it gets considerably harder. There are sidehill, downhill sections that get extremely difficult. Also beware of the wild turkeys (real animals) and deer that roam the area. I came around a blind corner the other day into a herd of deer and it was not a pretty site for any of us.

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4
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Mike Bresnahan   [Aug 29, 2000]

I didn't like this trail much. It basically goes up and down and across the bare ski slopes. There was too much hill climbing and not enough trees. I found it boring. It's certainly not worth the drive from Minneapolis and the fee. It's better than riding on pavement and cross country ski trails though!

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2
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jeff steen   [Jan 23, 2001]

OK this place sucks downhill runs are all very short and easy stupid and not fun at all I mean its minnesota what do think this is colorado right.

Similar Products Used: west side
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2
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