Giants Ridge

Giants Ridge is a fun place to visit in all four seasons—when the snow is falling, beginning and expert skiers and snowboarders flock to the park to enjoy their favorite pastimes. This sprawling resort, partially nestled in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, offers a full array of activities on and off the slopes. After the season for Giants Ridge ski has passed and temperatures begin to rise, the list of options include golf and a host of family-friendly activities. All year, there are many options for Giants Ridge lodging,

Giants Ridge, a ski and golf resort, is located in the town of Biwabik, about an hour north of Duluth. Interstate 35 leads straight to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, about three hours to the south. During the winter season, usually between November and the early April, you'll have the chance to experience Giants Ridge ski activities and other winter fun events. The park boasts the highest elevation of 1,972 feet as well as 35 downhill trails divided into three levels of difficulties. A dozen of the trails are rated for beginners, while a quarter of them are rated the most difficult. The remaining fifteen Giants Ridges ski trails are rated intermediate. The seven lifts can handle 7,000 people in an hour.

While Alpine skiing is one of the most popular things to do at Giants Ridge, it's just the beginning. The towering trees of the Superior National Forest and wide-open groomed cross-country trails provide a fitting stage for Nordic skiing. The trails, with gradual rises, were originally developed by the U.S. Olympic ski team for challenging training. These days, even beginners will find these Giants Ridge ski trails a fantastic ways to work out and enjoy the scenery. The trails cross the Laurentian Continental Divide with overlooks alongside Sabin Lake, the Embarrass River, and Wynne Lake. Many miles of snowmobile trades cross through the same scenery.

When the weather is cold, young and adventurous types make their way to both of the terrain parks at Giants Ridge. The beginner's terrain park features a 10-foot rail and 10-foot kicker, while the main park has even higher rails and boxes and more challenges. If you want to sharpen your skills or learn how to snowboard in the first place, you could sign up for lessons. Other seasoned instructors will help you work on your Alpine skiing skills with both private and group lessons.

The rest of the year, the resort transforms into a north-country outdoor playground. After the season for Minnesota skiing has wrapped up, a whole new group of activities opens up. Giants Ridge golf takes place on the championship course designed by Jeff Brauer. The 7,201-yard, par-72 course joins a driving range and putting green as well as a well-equipped clubhouse. Other summer events include mountain biking, kayaking, and a Northern Minnesota tradition: fishing.

Like the Lutsen Mountains, another Northern Minnesota ski resort, you'll find a lot of places to warm up and relax-as well as enjoy a meal or stay overnight. Its various restaurants, nestled into chalets, serve full meals or hot chocolate. The Friday night fish fry at one is a popular tradition here. Giants Ridge lodging is available throughout the resort, including at dorm at the base of the Alpine ski area. The rooms, which have two bunk beds a piece, also have private baths. If you're looking for more upscale Giants Ridge lodging, you make arrangements to stay at the lodge, which boasts 92 suites as well as a restaurant, spa, and fitness room. Other options include lakeside villas or staying in one of the nearby hotels. Many offer special golf and ski packages, as well as great off-season rates.

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