Exploring Giants Ridge: A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Nestled in the heart of Minnesota’s stunning Iron Range, Giants Ridge offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping activities or serene moments surrounded by nature, this destination promises something for everyone. Let’s delve into the top things to do at Giants Ridge that make it a must-visit spot for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.


Skiing, Snowboarding and More

Winter transforms Giants Ridge into a winter wonderland perfect for skiing and snowboarding. With over 35 groomed runs and trails catering to all skill levels, enthusiasts can carve through fresh powder or enjoy the scenic views from the top. The area’s reliable snowfall and well-maintained slopes make it a favorite among winter sports enthusiasts.

Fat biking on 60km of groomed trails or taking the gravity trails in winter is a thrill of a whole new level. And if you’re into Nordic skiing, Giants Ridge has about 63km of cross-country ski trails to explore.

The most important thing to know about Giants Ridge winter sports is that they pride themselves on the best-groomed trails with the absolute best snow in the Midwest, and customer service to match.

Minnesota’s Best Golf

If you golf, you need to golf Giants Ridge. The Legend and The Quarry are 18-hole courses with a list of accolades as long as their longest drives. The Quarry sits on a former sand/gravel operation surrounded by rugged northwoods terrain and has ranked in the top 20 US public courses every year. The Legend is, well, legendary in its style and high-quality resort play.

Mountain Biking, Disc Golf and Hiking

If you’ve brought your mountain bike, or rented on onsite, you’ll love the 10 miles of cross-country trails that wind through the Superior National Forest. The real draw, however, is the lift-served gravity trails. These trails are suitable for various skill levels – don’t be intimidated! They’re great for a chill descent or something a little more thrilling.

Explore miles of hiking trails and one of the Midwest’s best-designed disc golf courses on the ski hill.

Staying, Playing and Refueling

The Lodge at Giants Ridge is located at the based of the ski hill and next to The Legend. Onsite pool, spa and dining and Neighbor’s BBQ make this all-suites hotel a top choice for visitors. Nearby, The Villas at Giants Ridge offers resort-style townhouses, condos and studios overlooking Wynne Lake and right next to the Mesabi Trail and ATV trails.

The Chalet at Giants Ridge is home to the Burnt Onion Kitchen and Brews restaurant, and the Wacootah Grill (open for golf season) overlooks a beautiful lake.

GreenGate Guest Houses are perhaps the region’s best-reviewed rentals, with incredible craftsmanship in the barn home, miner’s house, farmhouse and log cabin make these properties memorable. Their setting in the woods ensures a restful stay. And they are minutes from trails and Giants Ridge.

Vermilion Trail Campground is in nearby Biwabik, connected by ATV trails and the paved Mesabi Trail to Giants Ridge.

Make Your Plans

Just 40 minutes from Redhead Mountain Bike Park and 50 minutes from Ely, Giants Ridge makes a great home base for exploring the area. Request free info today!