Giants Ridge provides a team of trained Ski Patrollers to provide first aid, assess mountain safety, post warnings and close trails.
Giants Ridge welcomes guests using the following snowsports equipment:
The following are NOT allowed on our slopes:
To help ensure a safe trip down the mountain, everyone should start on easiest trails and work their way up. Whether you are new to snow sports or want to take your skills to the next level, our friendly professional instructors are trained to help you develop the skills and confidence to have fun on the slopes.
Do NOT Ski or Ride Impaired – Be responsible with alcohol consumption
Electronic Devices – Giants Ridge discourages the use of electronic devices that utilizes head/ear phones while skiing and snowboarding, or loading and unloading lifts as it may increase the risk of collisions or not being able to hear instructions. You may not hear someone (or something) approaching from behind.
Do NOT go in “Closed” Areas – During the course of regular operations, Giants Ridge may find it necessary to close sections of the mountain for the safety of our guest. Closures are often marked with rope, ribbon or fencing in conjunction with a CLOSED sign, any marked boundary must not be crossed weather or not a CLOSED sign is in place. Crossing a closure boundary can endanger yourself or other and may result tin loss of lift privileges. Ropes, fences and closures are in place for your safety. Do not enter closed trails by going through the trees or under ropes.
Wooded areas between named trails are not marked in any way and are not patrolled. The snow is not groomed or maintained. If you decide to ski or snowboard in wooded areas, you are solely responsible for yourself. You should be an expert skier/snowboarder and stay in groups of three or more
Machinery and Equipment – Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.
Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas, you may see people using alpine skis, snowboards, telemark skis, cross country skis, and other specialized equipment, such as that used by adaptive athletes. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and riding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.
Giants Ridge is seriously concerned about the safety of its skiers/riders. Ski Patrol and employees may issue warnings or remove privileges without refund for those who are acting recklessly or are out of control.
Three actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around safer on the slopes:
Plan Ahead and ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can’t see what’s coming next.
Slow Zones Certain areas of the mountain are designated as SLOW ZONES. Observe posted slow zone areas and reduce speed. Fast and aggressive skiing and riding in these areas may result in loss of lift ticket.
For more information on collision safety and Ride Another Day, please visit Collison Safety
Wearing a helmet is a personal choice, but it’s one Giants Ridge STRONGLYLY ADVISES, especially for children. Keep in mind that it is important that helmets be properly fitted and do not inhibit vision or hearing.
For more information on helmet use for children, please visit Helmet Safety.
It’s important (and part of Your Responsibility Code) to know how to load, ride and unload all lifts safely. Not sure what to do at a lift? Ask an attendant or ski patroller for help.
Learn more about lift safety.
The sign at the top of the Terrain Park will tell you what size features you can expect in the park.
Learn more about PARKSMART .
Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Giants Ridge is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts.
Green Circle: Easiest
Blue Square: More Difficult
Black Diamond: Most Difficult
Double Black Diamond: Experts Only
Orange Oval: Freestyle Terrain
On-Mountain Service Animals Policy
Giants Ridge recognizes the important role service animals play in many of our guests’ lives; however
out of safety concerns for our guests, employees, and resort property, Guest Services Management under its operational plan and as operator of Giants Ridge pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and federal requirements of 28 C.F.R. § 36.301 et seq., it is Giants Ridge’s policy that service animals (which as defined under the ADA can only be dogs or miniature horses) are not permitted on chairlifts at the resort, based on the legitimate safety requirements determined by Giants Ridge regarding the safety of other guests and employees, as well as, the safety of the service animal itself. In addition, Giants Ridge does not allow service animals to accompany guests skiing, snowboarding, or tubing on the mountain slopes/trails or biking on the mountain trails. This policy of restricting service animals on both chairlifts and accompanying guests while using Giants Ridge’s ski and mountain bike terrain also applies equally to all other animals, including pets and emotional support animals. These safety concerns include the real potential for conflicts between service animals and skiers and riders, and are compounded by the large volume of slope and trail use. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.
Baby Bjorns / Babies in Backpacks Policy
Out of safety concerns for our guests, employees, and resort property, Guest Services Management as under its operational plan and as operator of Giants Ridge does not allow skiers or snowboarders to carry an infant or toddler in backpacks, chest packs, baby bjorns or other similar devices on their bodies. This policy stems, in part, from the safety concerns with the infant and/or parent, as well as, for the safety of our employees. The basis for this policy, in part, is that the national safety standards which govern chairlift design and operations (referred to as the ANSI B.77 passenger ropeway standards) require chairlift passengers to be individually able to access chairlifts on their own accord and ability. Also, the chairlift’s design may preclude this type of use of a pack by a guest. In addition, because of safety concerns related to the potential evacuation of chairlifts, and the equipment harnesses employed in such evacuations, our evacuation procedures require that passenger to be unencumbered by such packs carrying infants – both for the safety of our guests and our employees/ski patrol who conduct such evacuations. Lastly, there are additional safety concerns related to skiing or snowboarding with and infant in such a pack, especially the potentially elevated risks of skier vs. skier collisions and the potential harm to an infant in a pack – no matter how well trained or the expertise of the adult carrying the infant.
Aerial Drone Policy
Out of safety concerns for our guests, employees, and resort property, Guest Services Management under its operational plan and as operator of Giants Ridge prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public—including recreational users and hobbyists—without prior written authorization. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Resort boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Giants Ridge property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Giants Ridge boundaries. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by Guest Services, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your recreational privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to physical or personal injuries, property damage, damages for violations of privacy, regulatory fines and legal fees. Please contact our Marketing Department if you have any questions.
Early Season Nordic Skiing Policy
Out of safety concerns for our guests, employees, and resort property, Guest Services Management under its operational plan and as operator of Giants Ridge provides for a designated area of machine-made snow for use by Nordic skiers during snowmaking operations. This policy applies to all Nordic skiers utilizing terrain within the Alpine Ski Area Boundary, from the start of the snowmaking until snowmaking operations are complete.
Alpine Ski Area – Includes all terrain shown in grey on the Giants Ridge Nordic & Snowshoe Trail Map. For purposes of this policy, the Nordic Stadium will be considered part of the Alpine Ski Area.
Nordic Trail System – Includes all trails listed as Nordic Ski Trails and designated as such the Nordic and Snowshoe Trail Map. Generally available only as sufficient natural snowfall allows.
Base Area – Generally flat area at the bottom of the Alpine Ski Area, starting at the Nordic stadium and stretching to the area in front of the Sports Pavilion. The only portion of the alpine area available to Nordic skiers.
Nordic Skiing/Skiers – Anyone engaged in the act of classic or skate skiing. Anyone Nordic Skiing at Giants Ridge must have a valid Giants Ridge Nordic Season Pass or Daily Nordic Ticket, with a current waiver signed and on file. Each Monday and Friday Giants Ridge will publish a map on the Giants Ridge website of the available section of the Base Area that will be groomed and tracked for Nordic skiing. The designated skiing area may include any combination of: The Nordic Stadium, adjacent to the Lodge; Base Area Courtyard, between the South and Main Chalet, Beginner’s area, St. Moritz and Greely’s Way runs; and the Nordic route to the Snow Sports Pavilion. Only the terrain shown on the most current map is available for Nordic skiing.
Rules: Nordic Skiing will be available only from 4pm – 6pm daily, or as otherwise published on www.giantsridge.com.