Welch Village, popular Twin Cities ski area located in the Cannon River Valley near Red Wing, opened its much anticipated back bowl last season.  The new terrain, complete with a new quad chairlift, includes two large bowls with several sharply pitched advanced runs, and a long connecting valley; also with an interesting fall line.  It's unusual to find bowls at a Midwest ski area, and this is a real treat.  

"The new terrain gives a higher level of excitement and joy than even I had anticipated when we started this project," said owner Leigh Nelson after seeing the excitement of early skiers and riders last season.  "The reaction to the new slopes was better than I hoped for." 

Welch's front slopes are spread across two peaks with 35 named trails and slopes, eight 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 adds another 10 new runs for advanced skiers and riders.  Plans call for further expansion of the Back Bowl area with another chairlift, about 10 more new runs, and a food and beverage slopeside service, according to the longtime owner.

Welch has a couple of new season passes currently on sale. 

They are offering what they call a Pair of Passes through Oct. 17.  The cost is $599 and entitles you to two unlimited season passes.  The regular individual season pass is $349.  Find yourself someone with whom you like to ski or ride. 

The College Pass is only $99, and if you purchase it between Sept.15-30, Welch will add $10 back on your pass that you can use for anything at the ski area.

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