Headed out after the 3/2/2007 storm dumped some fresh snow on the hills. This was my first outing to snowboard in the Twin Cities. My regular slopes are in Colorado! Buck Hill is by no means a mountain, but it kept me occupied for a good three hours knitting together runs to make the time on the slope last longer than the time spent on the chair. Lifts are fast, staff is friendly and there is enough tucked into the hills to make for an enjoyable outing of a few hours. I was surprised that crowds were light on a Saturday morning even after almost a foot of good fresh snow had fallen. Conditions were decent though it is obvious that the grooming and snow making results in an icy base. Powder "stashes" resulted in some clever out of bounds activity on my part ;-)
The crowd was mainly younger skiers and snowboarders of varying skills. Terrain park is small but offers a good amount of variety. NASTAR racers were actively running sets on the two slopes available for races. Buck Hill seems to have a dedicated audience for each of its features. Even though you are on a hillside overlooking a highway with pop-up condos all around, this is a decent spot to strap on your sticks and get a taste of the snow, practice your turns and tricks.