Giants Ridge was one of the first ski resorts in Minnesota to offer fat tire biking to winter sports adventure seekers. We’re taking Minnesota fat tire biking to a whole new level in winter 2019, via our high-speed chairlift!

Set on the edge of the towering Superior National Forest, winter fat tire biking at Giants Ridge traverses some of the most incredible winter trail terrain in Minnesota.

Fat biking enthusiasts can ride select gravity-fed trails from the top of the Giants Ridge mountain – including: Tadpole,
Leapfrog and Kitty Cat. 


Fat Bike Lift-Access Pass: $30
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Fat-Tire Biking Season Pass (Nordic Pass): $99

Fat Bike Nordic Trail Pass (no lift access – xc trails only): $17
Hours: In accordance with ski area hours of operation.


Fat Bikes – $75/day or $40 for 4-hours or less

  • Must have valid Fat Bike Lift Pass or valid Nordic Fat Tire Trail Pass.
  • Downhill fat biking is welcomed on Tadpole, Leapfrog and Kitty Cat, as well as nordic trails.
  • No fat biking on the alpine runs; anyone riding on alpine terrain will have privileges revoked.
  • Limited number of bike carriers available on lift; please access through designated fat bike entrance.
  • Please check in with lift attendant upon arrival at Sarajevo Express high-speed lift. 
  • Helmets are required.
  • All fat biking is assumed at your own risk. Rescue services may not be available.

Here are a few tips to always keep in mind when riding fat tire bikes at Giants Ridge:

General Fat Tire Biker Nordic Trail Etiquette:

  • Bikes yield to all other users. Skiers don’t have brakes, you do!
  • Fat bike lane – Ride on the firmest part of the track.
  • Leave room for skiers to pass.
  • Do not ride in the classic ski tracks.
  • Stay to the right side of the trail around corners and look for oncoming traffic.
  • Allow the track time to set-up after grooming and before riding.
  • Don’t ride any old mountain bike out there – Purpose-built fat bikes only!
  • Spread the word about fat tire biking at Giants Ridge – make it fun, keep it safe.

Do not ride on the groomed trail if:

  • There is fresh snow, and you are leaving a tire rut deeper than one inch
  • You are having a hard time riding in a straight line
  • Your bike’s tires are narrower than 3.7″
  • Your bike’s tire pressure is greater than 10 psi


Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time!


Stay up-to-date on all things Giants Ridge!