Giants Ridge Terrain Park

Ski Hill Officially Closed. Thank you for an amazing 2017-18 Winter Sports Season here at Giants Ridge! See you in winter 2018-19!

When it comes to snowboarding in the Midwest, Giants Ridge is home to the hottest terrain park to be found. No matter your skill level, year after year, our terrain park features rival some of the best terrain parks in our corner of the snow sports world. #GiantJumps. #GiantAir. #GiantFun = guaranteed. Let ‘er ride this season in the Giants Ridge terrain park and make some #GiantMemories.

STAY TUNED for 2017-2017 Terrain Park Details

Garmisch Terrain Park
The Garmisch park is on the South side of the hill. This park will suit all riding abilities with a variety of boxes, rails, tubes and two intermediate jumps. The run is nearly 3/4 of a mile long with a skate park flow. Numerous lines thru the park will give you options for days. Resets will happen as time permits.

Grenoble Terrain Park
This is our ‘big” park. Located above the Burnt Onion, adjacent to Helsinki, it has jumps from 20-35 feet with the landings built steep so you can send it. A few rails and tubes in more advanced set ups allow riders to go big. We also have a snow pool built at the top along with a couple hips and side hits. Again, lots of lines to get creative on.

Placid Beginners Park
As the name suggests this is our learning park. A small ride on box and ride on flat rail allow young riders the opportunity to learn how to ride park features. Below them are two small jumps to get a little air. Everything here is low to the ground with safety in mind. The intermediate rider will find these features the perfect size to learn switch tricks or spins onto.

Beginners Area
Off to the side of our magic carpet we have a flat box and a rainbow box. These are the perfect sized boxes to bring the youngest of riders on. It has enough pitch to free ride on or get pulled with a leash.

We have a few spots on the hill gladed out with some pillow lines. More will get cut in the coming seasons. We have very rocky terrain so please wait till we have a a good base! Don’t wreck your equipment!!

Terrain Park Safety
Freestyle Terrain is becoming more and more popular at resorts and proper use is important . The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards have developed the “Smart Style” Freestyle Terrain Safety initiative, a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of freestyle terrain at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective.

The 4 main points of Smart Style

Make a Plan

  • Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
  • Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.

Look Before You Leap

  • Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
  • Scope around the jumps first not over them
  • Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
  • Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
  • Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary

Easy Style It

  • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
  • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up.
  • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
  • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
  • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended

Respect Gets Respect

  • Respect the terrain and others (Freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability)
  • One person on a feature at a time
  • Wait your turn and call your start
  • Always clear the landing area quickly
  • Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features

Watch the Terrain Smart Style video below and read more about NSAA’s Terrain Park Smart Style

Watch the Know the Code video below and read more about NSAA’s Responsibility Code – Snow the Code