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Giants Ridge Recreation Area

Giants Ridge continues its positive economic impact in northeastern Minnesota, attracting 100,000 guests each year from Minnesota, the surrounding Midwestern states and Canada.

During the winter months, in-state and out-of-state skiers visit Giants Ridge for personal multi-day vacations, as well as to attend the numerous ski events such as the Minnesota State High School League Alpine and Nordic Championships. The ski area also services local residents with a season pass program.

During the summer months, guests enjoy two 18-hole championship golf courses, as well as hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking on two on-site lakes, and disc golf.

Since 1984, the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB), another state agency, has invested $46 million which leveraged an additional $44 million investment by the private sector.

State Investment

$2.2 million (1987)
$690,000 (1998)


Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board


  • 500-foot vertical drop downhill ski area, seven lifts, 35 runs
  • 60 kilometers of international-caliber Nordic ski trails
  • Two on-site lodging facilities, restaurant, banquet facilities
  • Two Championship 18-hole golf courses

Sports and Activities Served

  • Alpine skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Disc golf
  • Freestyle skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Golf
  • In-line skating
  • Mountain biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowshoeing

Photo Gallery

Giants Ridge Recreation Area photos on Flickr.