HOW on the mountain

Hoigaard's Outdoor Women members on their yearly ski trip.

Downhill Skis

Winter in Minnesota is not just a time of year, it is an attitude. Skiing and snowboarding are not just  sports, they are a lifestyle. Hoigaard’s is all about skiing and snowboarding. Since 1963, Hoigaard's has provided skiers of all types and abilities with top quality ski and snowboard equipment. Our experienced staff of skiers and snowboarders will help pick out your equipment whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned racer looking to shave time off the course. We offer a kid's buy-back program for both ski and snowboards. And if you want to try before you buy we have high performance demo products for men and women. From park to powder and all mountain skis and boards, stop by Hoigaard’s for the best selection of top of the line equipment.


Mondo Size Conversion
A solid chart for converting Mondo sizes to on you might be more familiar with

Helmets for Skiing & Boarding
Jim Lind breaks down the jist of buying ski/snowboard helmets

Schools and Teams

Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School

BlizzardExperience the ultimate in skiing, snowboarding, freestyle and racing instruction for kids in K-12th grades, from beginners to experts, at Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School!

Since 1958, Blizzard has provided snowsports instruction and family fun with extras you only get with Blizzard! Choose up to a 12 week season at eight local snowsports destinations! Saturday or Sunday trips! A wide array of age-appropriate programs for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade progressing at your ow pace with expert instruction from our adult staff! Nearly 20 convenient metro bus stop locations! Flexible payment! Plus, private lessons, teens-only trips, parent programs, out-west mountain trips and more! This winter get your kids off the couch and on the slopes with Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School!!


JammersFor over 40 years, Skijammers Ski and Snowboard School has provided a unique and one-of-a-kind alpine experience for children of all ages. Our structured, curriculum-based instruction programs deliver ski and snowboard instruction that is unmatched in the industry.

Skijammers programs are unique in the industry. Our curriculum is proprietary to Skijammers Ski and snowboard school, and our one-of-a-kind Skijammers Education Staff. Each week our students travel by bus to a different ski and snowboard area to explore the terrain and develop new skills with the same group of students and instructor

Tonkawood Ski School

TonkawoodKids begin skiing at Tonkawood as early as 3 years of age. Small classes, lots of one on one instruction and just plain fun has made for many happy skiers. We encourage the entire family to join in - many parents teach or assist with classes. Since each student is given a full day ticket, many families ski together after classes.

Classes are held at Powder Ridge Ski Area in Kimball MN. Every year 6 sessions - some Saturday mornings and others Sunday afternoon - are held. Classes begin mid-December and continue through mid to late January. Each lesson is 2 ¼ hours long and includes a cocoa break. When the extreme cold hits, classes are cancelled and rescheduled.

Many of our advanced, eager skiers join Team Tonkawood - our race team. Tonkawood is a member of the Minnesota Ski Development League - which holds 4 races per season at metro ski areas. Our team trains at Powder Ridge under top local race coaches for 8 sessions. A midweek training session is also available. The races begin mid-January and are held every other Saturday through mid-February. The program is designed to foster friendships, build a strong team spirit and develop a high level of skiing skills.

If interested email Nancy Bizzano ( or Ellie Crosby (


NyboraAre you a freestyle skier? Or thinking about becoming one? Check out Nybora! Their program runs from mid December to early March. Competition Team meets Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm and our Junior Team (ages 6-12) meets Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Both teams meet for practice at Hyland Ski Area in Bloomington, MN.

Nybora open to all abilities!


Ski AwayHoigaard's is also proud to be associated with Ski-Away and Wings for Women this year!

Ski-Away is the oldest traveling women's alpine school in the area, offering the very best learning environment for women wishing ot have an exceptional winter experience.

Wings for Women

Wings for WomenWings for Women, an independent ski school, offers a 3 lesson ski camp at Welch Village for beginners through aspiring experts. Camp lessons target the skills needed to master all mountain terrain from skiing steeper terrain to gaining confidence skiing faster...with control.  

The variety of steeper terrain at Welch and an all day ski camp format allows us to work the core challenges mountain terrain presents. Our nationally certified women instructors love what they do and are ready to take you to the next level. To facilitate transportation we help arrange car pools.

Hoigaard’s expert staff is here to help you select the right equipment, from great brands like:
APO, Armada, Atomic, Blizzard, Fischer, Head, K2, Kastle, Marker, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Stockli, Volkl, Dalbello, Lange, Tecnica, Giro, Keka, Oakley, Poc, Scott, Shred, Smith, Zeal and more!