Snowboarding

Snowboarding at Giants Ridge

Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort offers 35 fast and challenging downhill snowboarding runs and some of the hottest terrain parks in the Midwest!

Garmisch Terrain Park

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 setups 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. 

Glades
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 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

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