Snow Sports Lessons at Giants Ridge

SKI HILL OFFICIALLY CLOSED. Thank you for an amazing 2017-18 Winter Sports Season here at Giants Ridge! See you in winter 2018-19!

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From our friendly, caring staff to our expansive line of equipment, the Snow Sports School at Giants Ridge is one of the best in Minnesota.

Giants Ridge has a learning area with a 140-foot “Magic Carpet” conveyor lift and a Handle Tow to assist beginner skiers and boarders. Our experienced instructors look forward to making your Giants Ridge experience a great one!

Private & Semi-Private Lessons (starting Dec 16, 2017)

We offer lessons for Alpine and Nordic Skiing as well as Snowboarding for Adults and Children. Continue down the page for more information on our kid-friendly group lessons.

Private & Semi-Private Alpine Ski & Snowboard Lesson Price – Adults & Children 4+
1 Hour Private (ages 4&5 only) $44
1.5 Hour Private – Our most popular lesson $49
2 Hour Private $64
3 Hour Private $84
Semi-Private: Add an additional person of same ability $30 per additional person

All lessons will be charged at time of reservation. There are NO REFUNDS on lessons. Lessons canceled due to closure of GR or the SnowSports Academy will be rescheduled for a later date in the current winter sports season or a gift card will be issued in the amount of the lesson only.  Lessons are transferable from one person to another in the same ski season , but are not transferable from season to season.

Lesson reservations are strongly encouraged (48-hour advance notice is required for Nordic lessons.). To guarantee a lesson, you must pre-register. All reservations will be held with a credit card. Call 218-865-8017 to make a reservation.


Skiing and Snowboarding Tips

Parents and Guests – here are a few tips to make your adventure at Giants Ridge a great one.

Wear the proper clothing. Layers covered by wind proof and waterproof outer gear is a must. Mittens or gloves that are also waterproof really keep the kids dry and warm. Wool or polypropylene socks are great. Feet stay warmer in this kind of sock. Avoid cotton as it does not wick perspiration away and does not keep the body warm. Sometimes helmet liners or balaclavas are great. Remember, a major portion of body heat escapes through our heads.

  • Helmets are recommended and are available for rent in the Rental Shop for $8 each.
  • Goggles or sunglasses help protect your eyes from glare or falling snow. Pack the sunscreen for any weather to protect against the sun’s rays.
  • Anything you forget can be purchased at our Snow Shop.
  • Our Rental Shop can provide you with well-tuned equipment in the right sizes for all ages.

Kid Friendly Lessons

In addition to adult ski and snowboarding lessons, we offer a variety of fun and engaging lessons for ages 4-14. Kids can also join the Giants Ridge Alpine Club to learn about ski racing competition.

Group Lessons

Ridge Kids

  • Ages 4-14
  • Beginners ONLY
  • Saturdays & Holidays: 10 am & 1 pm
  • Sundays: 10 am
  • $29 per child for 1.5 hour lesson
  • Children will be grouped by age/ability level

Ridge Riders Board Beginners

  • Ages 8-14
  • Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays: 10:30 a.m.
  • $29 per child for 1.5 hour lesson
  • Children will be grouped by age/ability level

Mountain Explorers’ Youth Camp

Send the kids on an adventure as part of the Giants Ridge Mountain Explorers Youth Camp!
Three-day group lesson camps this season:
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Camp #1: Dec 27-29 (complete)
Camp #2: Jan 20, 27, Feb 3
Camp #3: Feb 24, March 3, 10

Skiers ages 7-15, boarders ages 8-15
Improve skills, explore the Giants Ridge mountain, have giant fun!
Price per camp: $90 lesson (season passholders)
$144 lesson & lift ticket
May add equipment rental.

Details & registration 218.865.8017
Mountain Explorers Youth Camp


Private Lessons

Progression Lesson Package

Purchase a Progression Package
3 Lift Tickets + 3 Private Lessons + 3 Rentals • ages 4 & up (adults, too)!
Only $199* (Value $350+)

• Three Lift Tickets (one per session)
• Three 1-1/2 hour private skiing or boarding lessons
• Ski or Board Rental Package for each session
• FREE $15 Giants Ridge Gift Card (valid resort wide)

You pick the dates & lesson times based on your schedule and our Snow Sports Academy availability.
Learn more or BOOK NOW: 218.865.8017

*Does not include tax. Full-payment required upon registration. Progression Package must be purchased 24 hours prior to first scheduled lesson, with 24-hour notice required for subsequent lessons. No refunds. Non-transferable. Not valid with any other discounts or special offers. Valid through March 31, 2018.

Have your own gear and season pass?
Then = the three, private 1.5 hour lessons are only $117 (no gift card available)


Giants Ridge Alpine Race Club is Back!

Are you interested in learning the basics of alpine racing? Join the Giants Ridge Alpine Club. This program offers a fun introduction to the world of ski racing competition. Kids will learn about proper form, run gates and do some fun drills. The Alpine Club is a great way to build confidence, friendships, team work and most importantly to have fun.

The program is for skiers ages 8-12, who can:

  • Board, de-board and ride a chairlift independently
  • Ski in control and confidently down Innsbruck, which is an intermediate/blue run
  • Turn and stop
  • Are Giants Ridge season passholders

Coaches are volunteers, and include Benji Neff (Virginia Areas Alpine Ski Team coach) and, Gene Berg (Giants Ridge Snow Sports Academy Instructor).

Fee: $75 (includes optional entry into Northland Junior Alpine Race at Giants Ridge on February 25. Scholarship are available – please call to inquire.

Pre-registration is required. Contact the Snowsports Academy at 218.865.8017 or email [email protected]. All participants & volunteers will be required to sign a waiver.

Alpine Race Club Flyer

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