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Buck Hill


Buck Hill

For Roger "Buck" Hill or the Buck Hill summit of the Alleghany Mountains, see Buck Hill (musician) and Savage Mountain.
Buck Hill
Location Burnsville, Minnesota, U.S.
Nearest city Minneapolis

44°43′26″N 93°16′59″W / 44.724°N 93.283°W / 44.724; -93.283Coordinates: 44°43′26″N 93°16′59″W / 44.724°N 93.283°W / 44.724; -93.283

Vertical    245 ft (75 m)
Top elevation 1,195 ft (364 m)
Base elevation    950 ft (290 m)
Runs 16 total
Lift system
2 quad chairlifts
1 triple chairlift
3 rope tows
2 magic carpets
1 snowtubing tow
Snowfall 60 in (150 cm)
Snowmaking yes
Night skiing every night
Web site
United States

Buck Hill is a ski hill in the north central United States, in the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, a suburb south of Minneapolis. It is one of three ski areas located within the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the others are Afton Alps and Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area. Buck Hill opened in 1954 and offers ski, snowboard, and tubing trails. Artificial snow is often utilized for maintaining the slopes, because while Minnesota's winters are cold, the snowfall is relatively low for a ski area, averaging less than 60 in (150 cm) per year.[1]

Buck Hill faces east, overlooking the adjacent


Buck Hill was named by early settlers, who noticed its summit was a gathering spot for Mdewakanton Dakota to watch male deer (bucks) drink at Crystal Lake.[3]

The ski area was started by Chuck Stone, who discovered the sport as a child recovering from polio, and had worked as a lift attendant at Suicide Six in Vermont. Returning to Minneapolis, he wanted to start a ski area, and went to the public library to search out viable topography. The present ski area of Buck Hill was the tallest hill close to the Twin Cities, but was on private land, part of a remote farm owned by Grace Whittier. Stone (and his fiancée Nancy) convinced Ms. Whittier to lease them the property, succeeding where previous wooers had failed, and the ski area began operating in 1954. Ms. Whittier left the property to St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota upon her death.

World Cup racers

World Cup ski racers Kristina Koznick and Lindsey Vonn learned to ski and race at Buck Hill. Koznick, now retired from international competition, was a top slalom racer. Vonn (née Kildow) races in all five disciplines and is dominant in the speed events. She is among the best female ski racers in history, with four overall World Cup titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and was the gold medalist in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She was also a double gold medalist in the speed events at the 2009 World Championships, taking the downhill and Super-G. As of March 2012, Vonn has 53 World Cup victories.

Both were coached by Erich Sailer, an energetic octogenarian from Austria who has been the racing coach at Buck Hill since 1969. Sailer was inducted into National Ski Hall of Fame in 2006.[4]

Winter activities

See also

External links

  • Buck Hill Ski Racing - staff
  • Buck Hill Ski


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