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Afton Alps ski area

Average Rating:    (3.47 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

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.
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Latitude
44.85586880735725
Longitude
-92.78366088867188
Trail Directions
From north: 94 east to Manning south to 70th St S east. Follow the skier signs.
Trail Length
7 miles or more depending on loop.
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Afton
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Review Date
October 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: odedbiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
September 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Fisherider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
September 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: pinner, from TC 2 Rochstr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
June 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Kalon Lasater , from XC racer from Winona, MN

Summary:
This is a great race cource for XC racing! It doesn't have any "real" single-track, its more like double-track, but it does have very fast down-hill, long climbs you want to die on and is rarely muddy.
Beware! off camber, rooty, and tight switch-backs, They made me crash once during my race but I still won 1rst by three minutes and 18th overall! (2003 Afton Avalnche,Sport, 12-15) This trail gets a 4 for pansy "single-track" and you're supposed to pay for a pass! Don't bother, no one checks.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Winona- Holzinger and Cherry Hill.



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Review Date
October 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: matt , from wisconsin

Summary:
not to sure what trail it was but we rode the trail backwards and it was a blast downhill tight turns and prenty to go around
so far the best trails i've riden was afton
remember your helmet it's required
don't come out if you don't ride fast downhills.
the trails are fast with enough up hill to wear you out go out and ride its fun as hell.
bring water 1.75 a bottle it gets spendy

Recommended Route:
as many as you can handle



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