Winter sports aren't the only games in town for a couple of the Twin Cities' most popular ski areas.
Both Wild Mountain and Afton Alps, along the scenic St. Croix River, stay busy with a bevy of summertime activities.
Wild Mountain has been touting its waterpark, Alpine slides and Taylor Falls canoe, kayak rentals and scenic boat tours as temperatures have been soaring to near record levels in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
"Beat the heat. Come play in the water is our summer mantra," Amy Frischmon, vice president of the family owned business, told SnoCountry.com. "We love it when it gets hot in the city, but we have to fight the same thing during the summer we do in winter with the local weather.
"In winters, its stay in because of the extreme cold. In summer, it's stay in because it's too hot outside," she laughed. "Fortunately Minnesotans are a little more durable than that."
Water activities include four waterslides, a lazy river, and Wild Adventure Island. They also have one of only two alpine slides found in the Gopher State and Go-Karts where there is even a track for younger drivers.
Explore the scenic St. Croix River on your own by canoe or kayak, or take one of a variety of paddlewheel boat tours. Relaxing dinner cruises are among the many choices. A Superday Waterpark Pass is $34.99 at the park and $29.99 online.
An 80-minute boat tour is $16.50 per person and dinner cruises are $38.75 per person. An RV/Campground is also available. Prices start at $32.99 per night for a family of four without hookups and $43.99 per night for full hookups, which includes water, electric and sewer. It's $37.99 per night without sewer.
You can add a VIP Pass that gives you unlimited access to all activities for $49.99 per person when staying on property. The passes have to be purchased at the time you make a reservation.
Afton Alps, also overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River valley, offers a scenic 18-hole golf course with many panoramic views of the valley, and a seven-mile intermediate to advanced mountain bike trail system. Trails run throughout the ski area offering many picturesque overlooks of the river and valley.
The Club House Bar & Grill offers full service food and beverage and sit down dinners daily. Golf course rates for 18-holes with cart are $38 Monday through Friday and $42 weekends and holidays. Twilight rates start at 4 p.m. when two people sharing a cart play for $55. A mountain bike trail fee is $9 per day.
Many Midwest ski areas where there’s no lodging typically close for the summer months, but Wild Mountain and Afton Alps remain busy all year.
Photo: Wild Mountain