Blue Question icon

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.

We offer group rates for skiing and boarding as well as tubing! To qualify for a group rate you need to make a reservation ahead of time (phone or email) and have a minimum of 20 for skiing/snowboarding or tubing. Group rates are not available on holidays, holiday weekends, or race days.

We offer a “Carpet Only” lift ticket that is good for the two magic carpets in our Potential Park learning area. This is a great chance to get your little ones or first timers out to see if they like skiing or boarding. You can upgrade to a regular lift ticket good for the chair lifts and entire hill at the front desk if you want more access and challenging runs.

We offer a “Foot Traffic Only” ticket for our Explorer Magic Carpet. Ski/Board equipment is not required for this carpet and hill area. However, the lift ticket is required. If wanting to advance to the Cruiser Magic Carpet both equipment and the carpet only lift ticket will be required.

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 purchased and printed in the Landslide Tubing Lodge.
We offer a discount on 2 hour tubing tickets with a current day lift ticket.

Yes, we offer free WiFi in the Main Lodge.

Yes! Our Mountain Café area offers large windows facing the main hill as well as the potential park so you can watch the action! Our back deck faces the main hill and offers great views. You’re more than welcome to make yourself comfortable and take in a great winter sport.

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 cafeteria style dining with pizza, hot dogs, French fries, tacos, soups and plenty of other options. 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. There is a convenient drop off zone in front of the chalet to drop your equipment before parking.

We have table seating as well as benches throughout the main lodge to come in and warm up. We offer warm beverages in our café 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.
We accept cash, checks and credit cards. Credit cards we accept are Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.
You can purchase ski and snowboard tickets and rentals at Guest Services in the Main Lodge. We do not sell lift tickets or rental packages ahead of time.
Orange Question icon

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. We have great accommodations in the Mountain Café area for viewing the hill and watching your child learn a great winter activity!

For your convenience, you are able to make reservations for group, small fry and S-Camp lessons on our website underneath the “Lessons” tab. If you would like to schedule a private lesson we require booking via email or over the phone at least 72 hours in advance to ensure we have instructors available.
We allow walk ups for our group lessons provided there is space.

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.
We allow walk ups for our group lessons provided there is space.

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.

Please make sure to bring your basic winter gear; snowpants, warm jacket, hat, scarf or neckwarmer and waterproof gloves or mittens. Under layers should be comfortable and layer-able. 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. Other items you may want to have with you; goggles, extra socks, boots and sunglasses.

Join the ever-growing group of young skiers and snowboarders learning to ski and ride in our specially designed for fun and skill building learning area. Our S-Camp sessions provide a fun and unique twist on the traditional boring old way of learning. Like all of our lesson programs, the S-Camp program allows new snowsport enthusiasts exclusive use of our learning features. This program provides a much more in-depth learning process giving new and returning skiers and snowboarders the ability to expand their potential each and every time they take part in our S-Camp lesson.

Red Question icon

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.

We have snowboard boots available to rent. However, we are unable to rent just ski boots. We cannot adjust the bindings of your skis due to liability issues. If you are needing to rent ski boots, we recommend renting one of our ski packages.

We offer an online rental form on our website at that can be filled out in advance and brought along on the day of your visit. This saves you the step of filling out all of the information while you’re trying to get out on the slopes. Once you get to DM you will stop at Guest Services where you will pay for your lift ticket and rentals, then you will be directed to the rental shop to pick up your equipment.

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

We also rent snowshoes and fat bikes.

There are food and beverage options available in our Landslide Tubing Park Lodge. We serve concession style hot food items as well as a variety of snacks.

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. If you would like to purchase an unlimited (all day) tubing ticket it is $25 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.

We accept cash, checks and credit cards. Credit cards we accept are Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

Tubing tickets are sold right inside the tubing lodge. They cannot be purchased in the main lodge.