Where to Find Winter Sports in Missouri
Skiing? In Missouri?
If you’re used to the thrilling peaks of Colorado or Utah, it may surprise you to learn that you can find places for winter sports right here in Missouri.
There’s plenty to do here, from sledding down Art Hill to hiking some of the beautiful Missouri trails.
Here are our recommendations for skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and hiking in our very own Midwestern winter wonderland.
Ski Hidden Valley
Formerly owned by Peak Resorts, Hidden Valley has recently come under the operation of Vail Resorts. Skiers in the Missouri area are excited about this change, because they’ll now have ski passes to their home base, as well as mountain resorts all over the country.
If you’re staying close to home this winter, Hidden Valley is a great spot for both novice and experienced skiers. With 17 trails, 9 lifts, and 65 ski-able acres, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ski or snowboard. There’s no need to worry about a lack of snow here in the heartland; this resort creates its own snow. Lessons for all ages and abilities are available at their Snowsports Academy. Plus, there’s a popular tubing area for non-skiers
Ski Snow Creek
Skiers in the Kansas City area can hone their skills at Snow Creek. This resort features 14 trails and a vertical drop of 300 feet. Like Hidden Valley, it provides snow, whether Mother Nature is cooperating or not. Snow Creek also boasts a spacious lodge with places to eat, drink, or relax by the fire. This resort is located just 40 miles north of Kansas City in Weston, Missouri.
Winter Hiking in Missouri
If you’re not a skier but still want to get out and enjoy what this state has to offer, consider a winter hike. There are plenty of beautiful trails that are open all year long:
- Prairie State Park - Hike with the buffalo or check out Drover’s Trail in this beautiful state park located in Mindenmines, Missouri.
- Katy Trail - Start in Rocheport, Missouri, for a beautiful trail head that features views of the Missouri River. The towering limestone bluffs are even more stunning when they’re dusted with a light layer of snow.
- Klondike Lake - Near Augusta is the Klondike Lake Park, which - while not as mountainous as the Yukon - still boasts some beautiful winter scenery.
- Taum Sauk Mountain - With the tallest waterfall in the state of Missouri, the Mina Sauk Trail gives you a chance to see it in its frozen glory in the wintertime.
- Crowder State Park - Over 17 miles of trails, some along a frozen lake, make this park in Trenton, Missouri, a must during the winter season.
Ice Skating in Missouri
Ice skating is for everyone, young and old. It’s a great family activity, and many Missourians have made it a winter tradition. There are great skating rinks in Missouri; here are just a few:
- Steinberg Skating Rink - The Steinberg in Forest Park is the biggest outdoor skating rink around. Open daily to the public, it’s the most popular winter spot in St. Louis, hands down. Don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to take a few selfies while you’re here.
- Centenne Community Ice Center - This brand new spot in Maryland Heights, Missouri, is where the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues practice! It’s also open to the public, and it offers four NHL-size ice rinks as well as a covered outdoor rink for general public skating.
- Burlington Creek - If you’re traveling to Kansas City, put this spot on your list. The outdoor rink at Burlington Creek offers skating lessons and annual events for the kids.
- Crown Center Ice Terrace - Those of us who grew up in Kansas City are familiar with this ice skating rink; it features in our winter memories. The Crown Center Ice Terrace has been around for over 50 years, and it’s a great place to go with the family.
Visit Alpine Shop for Warm Winter Gear and More Tips
At Alpine Shop, we have the base layers, ski goggles, winter coats, and cold weather gear you need to make the most of the season. Our staff loves to snowboard and hike, so we’re sure to have more tips for you as well. Stop in for a visit!
Author: Holly Sinclair