Giants Ridge is located in Biwabik, Minnesota. Its name is derived from the Ojibwe word for iron: Biwabiko-nabik-wan. Long valued for its iron ore, today, Biwabik is a travel destination. The community, a trailhead of the historic Mesabi Trail, is the home of the "Honk the Moose" statue, a well-lit paved walking trail and a sledding hill. True to the ethnic diversity of Iron Range communities, Biwabik treats visitors to its unique Bavarian style. It has become the area's year-round center of attraction, hosting thousands of Alpine & Nordic skiers, snowmobilers and golfers. Biwabik is host to several seasonal festivals including: the Fourth of July, on which Biwabik presents the area's largest Calithumpian Fourth of July Parade; and Weihnachtsfest (the first Saturday in December), a Christmas lighting celebration complete with fireworks, ethnic food, music and entertainment.
Cross Country Ski
Home to more than 60 kilometers of world-class nordic ski trails, Giants Ridge has long been a Minnesota cross country ski destination.
In fact, the vast cross country trail system at Giants Ridge was originally designed and once served as a training center for U.S. Ski Team athletes.
Today, the same expansive nordic trails at Giants Ridge traverse the Superior National Forest and offer a variety of cross country trail terrain for skiers of all ages and abilities, including green, blue and black trails.
Winter At Giants Ridge
When the excitement of winter hits, we’ve got you covered at Giants Ridge! We offer ski and snowboard rentals for your entire family along with great rates for Minnesota lift tickets and season passes. You’ll also find everything you need from the latest equipment to fashionable winter apparel at our well-stocked Snow Shop.
Giants Ridge is the Midwest’s top-rated ski and snowboard hot-spot. Here, snow adventures are always in action, offering 35 downhill ski runs, over 60 km of the finest-groomed nordic ski trails and the best snowboarding terrain park in Minnesota!
Snow tubing at Giants Ridge is FUN for the entire family! Better yet, there is no skill required, just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Giants Ridge has three snow tubing lanes and a tow lift. Tubing is offered in two-hour sessions for $16 per person. You can purchase an additional hour for $3.
Requirements: Must be at least 42″ tall AND 5 years old. One tube per person. Ski boots are not allowed on tubing chutes.
Giants Ridge features five beautiful trails through splendid, peaceful scenery: Northface, Single Track, Lower & Upper Sleeping Giant, and Deer Valley. There are approximately 4.8 kilometers of snowshoe trails that meander through Northwoods recreation area, some of which wrap around Wynne Lake, and many more throughout the Superior National Forest.
Snowshoe rental is available on site and trail passes are required.
More than 2,000 miles of scenic, groomed trails lead right from the doors of Giants Ridge, one of the Midwest’s best winter recreation hot-spots.
This well-marked Minnesota snowmobling trail system is encompassed by the pristine Superior National Forest and winds its way through the breathtaking scenery of northeastern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. Combined with over 100 inches of natural snowfall each year, these trails have direct access to lodging, fuel, dining, and entertainment, making northeastern Minnesota a snowmobiler’s paradise.
Make your escape to Giants Ridge and treat your family and yourself to the pinnacle of outdoor summer recreation. Deep in the towering pines of Minnesota’s Iron Ridge, non-stop adventure calls.
From championship golf at two of the country’s best public courses – the Legend and the Quarry – to swimming, boating, and fishing our numerous, crystal-clear lakes, rivers and streams to hiking, biking or just relaxing amongst our stunningly beautiful natural backdrop, and so much more, there’s something called “fun and excitement” for everyone at Giants Ridge.