Ski or snowboard? This weekend might be your last chance to sneak in a run


This winter has been kind of a bummer for the ski and snowboard crowd. And a season that looked promising early on is winding down with a quiet, final hurrah.

Many of the state's slopes are already closed – of the 21 listed on the Minnesota Ski Areas Association's website, nine have shut down.

Meanwhile five sites have indicated their final days for the 2014-15 season will be this weekend. That means there are some deals to be had if you want to sneak in a final few runs.

Afton Alps (which wraps up Sunday at 6 p.m.) is offering $15 all-day lift tickets, if you bring in five or more non-perishable food items as well. Passes are usually about $50.

Andes Tower Hills' last day is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you can snag a ticket for $7. If you have Friday off, it's just $5. It's normally $39 for adults.

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At Buck Hill, you've got 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days this weekend before things shut down. It's $20 for a ticket, or just $10 with two non-perishable food items.

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Welch Village is wrapping up Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And Wild Mountain is offering $20 passes Friday and Saturday (it's final day of the season), with hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. It's regularly $44 for adults. People with a season pass can get a friend in for $10, as well.

A few slopes – including Giants Ridge and Spirit Mountain – indicate they plan to stay open for a bit longer.

An estimated 308,000 Minnesotans ski and snowboard, with about two-thirds of them going to at least one in-state slope, according to the most recent economic impact report available (which covers the 2012-13 season.) Total spending from those skiers and snowboarders? About $283 million.

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