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Trollhaugen - Ski Resort Sundays

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Grab some coffee and join us for Ski Resort Sundays (SRS), where each week, we take a brief look at a ski resort from around the Midwest. SRS episodes are uploaded every Sunday morning, so check in each week to see which ski resort we cover. Today, we will be examining Trollhaugen.

Trollhaugen is a ski resort located in Dresser, Wisconsin, just under an hour from the Twin-cities. Troll's history dates back to the late forties when two mailmen who loved the sport of skiing had an idea to open a ski area. Walter Peterson and Lee Rogers purchased some land from a local farmer and got to work cutting runs and building two rope tows out of old V8 Truck chassis. The ski resort would officially open for the 1950/1951 winter season with just three runs and those two rope tows.

The resort would continue to grow and develop and would eventually be sold to two dentists from St. Paul, Doctors Ray, and Anne Rochford, in 1967. They would continue to develop the resort bringing the ski resort its first chairlift, tubing, & even a zipline and ariel course.

Today Trollhaugen offers 24 runs, all serviced by eight lifts, including their iconic blue chairlifts. Troll is known for pushing the limit to open as early as possible. Since they have opened as early as October, Troll is a great place to scratch that early season itch.

Trolls' tree-lined runs give this resort a unique feel, but their crown jewel comes in the form of their terrain parks. Countless magazines have consistently rated Trollhaugen as having one of the best terrain parks in the country. Serviced by dedicated rope tows, their three parks offer endless features that are all changed out regularly.

Lastly, Trollhaugen's over-the-top charm and amazing vibes are tough to describe without visiting the resort for yourself. Whether it's the Troll storyline, iconic blue chairs, or the classic Midwest ski chalet - Trollhuagen is a place that feels like home.

If you want to learn more about Trollhaugen, check out their website at, and we hope to see you out there this season!


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