Rad riding, rad filming and a dash of humour in this edit focussed on the rope-tow oasis that is Minnesota’s Hyland Hills…
You’d have to be feeling very generous to call Hyland Hills a mountain. This resort, located the south west of Minneapolis, sits a mere 327m above sea level, has 8 lifts and 15 runs stretching across the face that serves as the ski area.
But what it lacks in terms of the hard currency of elevation, inclination and footprint it more than makes up for in terms of what they do with what they’ve got. Much as in the same way countless Scandi hills (most notably over the years, Talma) have, or likewise across the pond in the fabled Yawgoo Valley or 1817 park at Buck Hill, Hyland has invested in creating epic freestyle terrain that shows even if you don’t have much you can still have a more than enough to have fun with.
There are two park lines, both accessed by the infamous rope tow, that are littered with an array of jibs and jumps that belies the area’s small stature. And what’s clear from this, and the many other clips we’ve seen from Hyland, is that the locals certainly rip. Small resorts means quick laps and the chance to constantly watch what the rest of the riders are pulling when you’re not riding – in many ways more reminiscent of a skatepark than the kilometre-long parks of more ‘esteemed’ ski areas. The result is you get good quick.
Locals Billy Bjork and Rob Prochnow grew up riding the rope tow-accessed park facilities, and created this toast to the place they (perhaps half-) jokingly refer to as “The most expensive day care in the Twin Cities”. Not only is the riding and filming on point, the subtitles made us chuckle, too. Hell yeah for micro resorts like Hyland!
“When our parents needed a break for the day, they brought us to Hyland Hills. They must have always had better things to do, because usually we were there 6 days a week. Two rope-tows kept us in line and carried thousands a bodies every hour up this garbage pile of a hill. It made us stronger, faster, and more instinctual. But for all of its pitfalls, Hyland positively influenced our sense independence and informed our lives as filmmakers today. To the ropes that raised us.”
By Billy Bjork & Rob Prochnow.
Edited by Billy Bjork.
Additional filming by TJ Casey & Matt Chase.
Thanks for riding in front of our cameras: Lukas Caye, Matt Chase, Sam Stillman, Billy Bjork, Grant Abrahamson, Walker Murphy, Peanut Chanedog, Ben Koehler, Nick Dejolsvay