Last winter, Steeplechase in Minnesota reopened for skiing and riding for the first time since 2007. The mountain was revived by Justin Steck, who bought the ski area in 2016 to use it as a wedding and event center. A few years later, Steeplechase revived the snow tubing. After that was successful, Steck brought skiing and riding back for the 2022-23 season.
Located less than 90 minutes away from Minneapolis, Steeplechase has 25-30 acres of skiable terrain and a 240-foot vertical drop. Steeplechase reopened for February with limited services, with a full-fledged opening scheduled for this coming winter. This will include a Rossignol rental fleet.
A couple of weeks ago, Steeplechase showed a new trail map that showcased the new trails for the 2023-24 season.
From what I can tell, the new runs are Bunny Trail, Quick Drop, Short Cut, Mayhem, and Pop Over. Mayhem was originally named the Tubing Superhill, so it’s unclear whether this will be a new trail or just a rebranded tubing trail.
If you live in Minnesota, this looks like a cool place to change out. A wide array of terrain, fast tubing slopes, and a very cool-looking base lodge make this a valuable addition to Minnesota’s ski industry.
Image Credits: Steeplechase Event Center