Changes in Ski Industry Could Mean Boost for Minn.

Updated: 02/18/2013 9:21 PM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

The ski industry has enjoyed resurgence in recent years thanks to a style of skiing patterned off of skateboarding, and Minnesota ski hills can now compete.

"Most of the action is right here," Hyland Ski and Snowboard General Manager Fred Seymour points to the terrain park that's crowded with teenagers. Seymour says tricks and jumps have been a boon to skiing,

"50% or more of the business can be in the terrain park."

Terrain park skiing doesn't depend on mountainous vertical elevation, all that's needed is a hill, a rope tow and some features. Hyland's Seymour says skiing has changed and Minnesota stands to benefit, "

Professional Skier Henrik Harlaut won the 2013 XGames Big Air Championship. He "It's probably the great equalizer for small ski areas that don't perhaps have a lot of terrain, you can put up a terrain park and some features in an area that's much smaller."

Henrik Harlaut is the 2013 XGame Big Air Champion. He says less time sitting on a chairlift and more time skiing is a big benefit for Minnesota skiers, "You get twice as many laps here as you do any normal hill with a chairlift. so it's awesome."