Minnesota, United States
Welch Village is an American ski area near Red Wing, Minnesota. Founded by Leigh Nelson, The ski area was built in 1965 and has increased in size since. With a vertical elevation of approximately 360 feet, it is the closest, sizable ski hill to Rochester, Minnesota and the rest of Southeastern Minnesota. Its traditional opening time is on or around the third Saturday in November.
Welch Village has a large chalet with two cafeteria-style restaurants. There is a bar near the triple lift. Welch Village offers ski instruction.
Welch Village is also home to the Welch Village Invitational, which is one of the biggest High School Alpine Ski Meets in the country.
Welch Village has nine chairlifts: four quad lifts, four double chairs, and one triple chair. The majority of the area is lit for night skiing with the exception of the terrain served by the triple chair and the new "Back Bowl" expert terrain (Chair 6).
In recent years, Welch has undergone a significant expansion, doubling their snowmaking capacity and opening a new expert only area that is served by a new Doppelmayer 4 place chairlift installed in the fall of 2008.
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