Giants Ridge Resort is in Minnesota’s Iron Range, which lies northwest of Duluth. It’s one of Minnesota’s largest skiing and golfing resorts, and residents of the state are very proud of it. Giants Ridge is geared towards families of all ages and sizes, with things to do for everyone, including a sledding and sliding hill for children. Originally, it was designed as an Olympic training site and the trails and runs are still maintained to that standard, even though it’s mostly used by the public, assuring the highest quality trails available.
Giants Ridge is home to 202 acres of skiable terrain, with 35 runs on it. Of those 35 runs, 31% are for beginners, 44% are for those who consider themselves intermediate, and 25% are advanced runs. Although there are no expert runs, Giants Ridge is great for anyone-whether someone is just begging to learn how to snowboard or if they’re more practiced and looking for a challenge on the advanced runs. There’s a good amount of variety in their runs, and there’s 3 terrain parks to go along with the runs, and the slopes themselves have a vertical drop of 500 feet.
Giants Ridge has 6 lifts in total. 3 are double chairs and 3 are triple chairs, and there’s one rope-tow to help people get up the hill.
Giants Ridge is also a resort, so there’s on-site lodging. Guests have different types of lodging to look through, and can book packages with lift tickets. There’s plenty to do at the resort, since the resort itself is geared towards families, so neither parents nor children will be bored visiting. There’s also a lot to do when someone isn’t skiing or snowboarding.
Tickets for the lifts vary, and the full price range can be found on Giants Ridge’s website. However, tickets for the most popular holiday season run $54, starting on December 26th and running all the way into March. Lift operation ours are generally 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on the weekdays and 9 AM to 8 PM on weekends.