Welch Village, the popular southeastern Minnesota day-trip area located in the Cannon River valley near Red Wing, has one week left for its season pass sale, which ends on Christmas Day. Dec. 24 is the last day to purchase a pass.
An adult (12-61) season pass is currently $349, but if you get three other skiers together the Quad Unlimited Pass, good for four individual passes, brings the cost down to $274.75 each. The Night Club Pass, good any night after 4 p.m., is $149. The Freeze Card, which allows you to purchase one daily lift ticket for $30 all season long, is still available for $30. An all-day lift ticket is $47 this season. Season passes have to be purchased online.
Season pass holders benefit from being able to purchase five guest tickets, available at $35 each, and discounts in the Welch Village Ski Shop. They also get free lift tickets at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming, and $20 off lift tickets at Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota’s Arrowhead.
Family Festival Days take place during January on Sunday, Jan. 1 and 29, and include an all-day lift ticket, ski or snowboard equipment rental, one-hour lesson, and coupons for a meal in the chalet. The cost is $59 per family member and the package is available for purchase online only and must be purchased at least a day ahead.
Welch Village’s front slopes are spread across two peaks with 60 trails and slopes, nine chairlifts and a surface tow. There's a good mix of difficulty levels with nice easy runs complimented by some of the region's best steep and headwalls. The backside, opened a few seasons ago, offers more advanced terrain. You only see a portion of Welch from the parking lot.