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Detroit Mountain FAQS

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and ski area property, we well as concerns for individual privacy, this ski area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from the ski area. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operation above or within the ski area boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operate from the ski area boundaries, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the ski area boundaries. Please contact Detroit Mountain, Attn: Jeff Staley at 218-844-7669 if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones.

Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement as well as those policies separately established by this ski area, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscating of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

There are men’s and women’s bathrooms located in the main lodge area across from the Guest Services desk. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Both the women’s and men’s restrooms have diaper changing stations.

Groups must have 20 or more for skiing and boarding or tubing group rates. In order to receive group rate, groups must prebook with DMRA Staff ahead of time. To get more information regarding group rates or to set up a reservation please call 218-844-7669.

Yes, lift tickets are required to access Detroit Mountain's terrain. This is a great chance for participants to progress from our Progressive Park to loading onto a chairlift to Green level terrain like Mr. O. 

Ski/Board equipment is required for all on-snow terrain, as these areas are designed for sliding. 

No. The bottom of the hill is a very busy place with experienced and non-experienced skiers and snowboards zooming around. For the safety of your little ones, we do not allow sleds to be pulled around.

No, a lift ticket and tubing ticket are two different tickets and need to be purchased separately. Skiing and boarding lift tickets can be purchased in the Main Lodge. Tubing tickets are to be purchased online and printed at the Landslide Tubing Park.

Dining reservations will be required for the 2020-21 season. We do not allow any outside food or beverage. Our Mountain café offers a wide variety of hot food items, snacks and beverages. The Ace’s Wild Saloon has a great selection of beer, wine and liquor.

Yes, our Mountain Café offers a variety of hot food options, as well as beverages like hot chocolate, coffee and pop. There’s surely something for anyone to enjoy.

If you are using the ski hill or tubing hill you MUST have the appropriate day ticket.

You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment! If your equipment could use a tune up, please ask about our waxing fees within our rental shop.

Yes, we have a large lower parking lot as well as an overflow lot that can be used on busy days. 

For the 2020-21 season, indoor options will be limited and will require a reservation to be made. We will have structures with heaters available outside for guests to take a break and warm up. Our café offers warm beverages, as well as our bar area to help you warm up while enjoying the view of the action out on the hill.
Generally we open for skiing and snowboarding on “White Friday.” (The Friday after Thanksgiving Day.) This is 100% dependent upon the conditions and MN weather. We have a great snowmaking crew that works hard to get you out on the slopes. Please keep an eye on our website and follow Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Inc. on Facebook to keep up with the latest news on the hill!
We have an ATM located in the Main Lodge across from Guest Services.
Credit cards we accept are Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.
For the 2020-21 season, lift tickets, rentals, and tubing passes are 100% available online at Walk-ups will not be available. 
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Lessons FAQS

You are more than welcome to watch your child in their lesson. However, we do ask that you let the instructor do what they do best and observe from a reasonable distance. 

For your convenience, reservations for lessons are available online for group and private lessons.  Click here for lesson options. We require lesson booking's to be completed 72 hours in advance to ensure we have instructors available. If you have questions you may reach us via email or over the phone within the same timeframe for us to adequately respond to your request.
Walk ups will not be available for lessons.

Yes, lift tickets are required for all participants. If the participant does not have their own skis or snowboard, then we offer Head skis and Burton snowboards for you to rent if you do not have your own equipment!

Yes, every person who signs up for a lesson/purchases rentals will receive a helmet for free! We support the LIDS ON KIDS Program!

We aim to keep our group lessons at a 1 to 5 ratio, however some days lessons may have up to 8 skiers or snowboarders in them. If you would prefer a more one-on-one experience with the instructor, private lessons can be requested 72 hours in advance.

As a parent, your main responsibility is to ensure that your child’s instructor understands your child’s skill level and that your child is dressed properly. Beyond that, just let the helpful instructors do their thing! They are trained to help teach at any skill level.
We allow walk ups for our group lessons provided there is space.

Your instructor will always be an advanced skier and will range from Professional Ski Instructor Association (PSIA) instructor to local young people who are passionate about skiing and snowboarding and have been trained to the PSIA standards.

If you prefer learning in a one on one environment or you want to improve your proficiency as a skier or boarder then a private lesson may be the best option for you. This more concentrated one-on-one instruction will allow you and your instructor to focus on achieving your personal goals. Our instructors are all advanced skiers and snowboarders who are passionate about the sport and want to help you get to your desired ability level.

First and foremost, wear basic winter gear that is windproof and allows for active and free movements while providing warmth, breathability. Layers are also highly encouraged. Remember that you are always able to take off layers if you’re too warm, but if you don’t bring enough you may get cold.

Here are some specifics that you might want to bring:

  • Warm jacket - windproof, breathable, and able to shed snow easily
  • Snow pants - same material as jacket
  • Multiple pairs of warm mittens/gloves (non-knit, waterproof preferable)
  • 1 pair of high socks, wool or synthetic blends (no cotton, additional pairs of socks will cause the child discomfort)
  • Neck warmer (optional)
  • Hand/foot warmers (very helpful on cold days, we sell them in the gift shop if you need them)
  • Goggles (not required but help on cold days or when visibility is limited, goggles are also available for purchase in the Mountain Gift Shop. Sunglasses may be an alternative.)
  • Avoid cotton clothing. It gets wet, and then is cold and clammy. Use polypropylene or wicking type material under layers with synthetic fabrics like polar fleece as layering pieces on the cold days. 
  • Face coverings required through the duration of the lesson.

Yes! We group our lessons by age and ability so you can get the most out of your lesson experience.

We will do our very best to keep class sizes as small as possible. 1:5 or less. Due to group variability sometimes this ratio may be higher.

After your child has gone through our Terrain Based Learning™ program and the instructor feels that your child is capable of staying in control while skiing or boarding, the instructor may take your child on the chairlift! Using the lifts is based on the child’s skill levels and the entire group’s ability.

Your instructor will inform you at the beginning of the lesson where you can properly pick your child up. 

The best way to reach the Snowsports Department is by email! Please email for any questions or comments. You may also call 218-844-SNOW for any quick questions, the members of our Guest Services team will happy to help you!

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Rental FAQS

Our ski and snowboard rental equipment sizes range from a toddler size 9.5 to a Men’s size 16.

We do not offer cross country rental equipment.

Both our ski and snowboard package includes: skis/board, boots, helmet and poles if needed.

We also rent snowshoes and fat bikes.

We have restrooms located in both our main lodge and our tubing lodge.

Our tubing lodge offers a great area to warm up and sip on a hot chocolate at the top of the tubing hill.

Our tubing rate includes the ticket needed for the magic carpet as well as the tube. No additional purchases are necessary.

We offer a two hour tubing ticket for $18 plus tax. 

The landslide tubing park is located across the parking lot and to the right of the main lodge. When exiting the wooded area of the driveway take a right and you will see the tubing lodge.

We do not have an ATM in the tubing lodge, but one can be found in the main lodge across from Guest Services.

Credit cards we accept are Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.