The Best Nordic Skiing in Minnesota!

Current Conditions

Giants Ridge Ski Area is closed for the season. The golf courses are open and we've got some great golf deals, as well as wonderful food events this season. 

At Giants Ridge you're in the heart of Minnesota Nordic skiing where pine trees tower overhead and the landscape is a gorgeous, smooth white of a Northwoods Minnesota winter. All you'll hear is your own footsteps or the sound of your skis on our perfectly groomed trails.

We've got 60 kilometers of scenic well-groomed Nordic trails that weave through the Superior National Forest at Giants Ridge. This system was initially developed for intensive training by the US Ski Team and presents long, gradual grades, spectacular vistas, roller coaster rides and a variety of challenge for beginners through accomplished skiers. Three kilometers of Nordic skiing are lit for night skiing, and numerous trails are accessible by chairlift at the top of the mountain.

 The variety of Nordic trails at Giants Ridge are designed for all ability levels of skiers - some trails challenge the most serious skier, while others are perfect for those new to the sport. Almost all the trails are cleared to 20 feet wide with a groomed surface of 18 feet. Most trails are groomed with classical tracks on the sides and a skating lane in the center.

Are you new to Nordic skiing, or have you ever wondered what Nordic terms mean such as "skating," "skijoring," and "telemark?" Click here to see a list of Nordic terms and their definitions.


2016-2017 Season (Nordic)

Early Season  
Dates Hours
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 thru 23  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 24 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 25 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Season  
Dates Hours
December 26 – January 1 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Prime Season  
Dates Hours
January 2 - March 19
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Spring Season  
Dates Hours
March 20 thru closing
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Cross Country Trail Pass (daily)
(age 13+)
(age 7 - 12)
(age 6 & under)
Everyday $17 $10 FREE
Friday-Sunday Night (4-8pm) (3K) $10 $10 FREE

All prices are subject to state and local tax. Dates, rates and times of operation are subject to change without notice.

Trail Report

Trail Description Status Distance Notes Fat Biking Level
Northern Lights Easier 2-way, lighted Closed 3 k Closed Closed Easy
Summit Easier 2-way, lift served Closed 6 k Closed Closed Easy
Wynne Creek Easier 2-way Closed 4 k Closed Closed Easy
Bronze Easier 2-way, lift served Closed 6 k Closed Closed Easy
Biwabik Spur Easier 2-way Closed 6 k Closed Closed Easy
Oslo Easier 2-way Closed 5 k Closed Closed Easy
Laurentian More Difficult 1-way Closed 4 k Closed Closed More Difficult
Silver More Difficult 1-way Closed 10 k Closed Closed More Difficult
Cedar Most Difficult 1-way Closed 5 k  Closed Closed Most Difficult
Gold Most Difficult 1-way Closed 14 k Closed Closed Most Difficult
Nordic trail conditions are weather dependent and can change rapidly due to snow and wind. Prior to your visit, call ahead to Giants Ridge Reception for up-to-date trail conditions: 800-688-7669, ext. 8005 or 218-865-8005.
Have you ever needed to make trail distance conversions and your head is too full of other details to do the math? Check out this great Kilometer Converter at the bottom of the Nordic terms page!


Nordic Ski Rentals
(age 13+)
(age 12 & under)
Waxless Package $14 $9
Waxless Skis Only $9 $7
Waxless Boots Only $5 $5
Poles (Traditional) $5 $5
All prices are subject to state and local tax. Dates, rates and times of operation are subject to change without notice.

* I.D. & security deposit required. 
Equipment re-fit service charge: $5
Helmet rental: $8


Giants Ridge Nordic lessons are for skiers ages 6 and up. Lessons are available and reservations are required with 48 hours advanced notice. Please email the Snow Sports School or call 800-688-7669 ext. 8017 or 218-865-8017.

Private Nordic Ski Lesson Ages 6+
1.5 Hours $47 per person
2 hours $59 per person
3 hours $79 per person


Nordic Trail Map

Click on the image to download the pdf file.