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Giants Ridge
Biwabik, MN
Trail Length: 60k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 1-800-688-7669    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   A system intially developed for intensive training by the USSA Ski Team presents long, gradual grades, spectacular vistas and roller coaster rides and a variety of challenges for beginners through accomplished skiers. Trails weave through the Superior National Forest.

Trail Reports:   2016-2017 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Sunday, March 19, 2017  posted: 3/20/2017 5:36:40 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  We had over 30 Km combed out for the weekend, and the skiing was great with a solid 2-6" base with some soft snow on top. With warm weather Monday and a hard freeze at night it might be a little sketchy Tuesday but we will do one more groom Monday night and that will likely be it for the season. It was great to see the LNR group up here last weekend and thanks to all of our skiers for the 2016-17 season!
(John Filander, Giants Ridge)
Friday, March 10, 2017  posted: 3/10/2017 6:27:50 AM
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
  The warm weather, half an inch of rain, then the 50MPH winds have suspended nordic operations until we get significant snow. We have cleared the Summit, Bronze, Cedar, and Gold trails of blow down, and what remains is a sometimes skiable inch of windblown snow on a solid ice base. We lack snow depth to use the Pisten Bully, and with most trails exposed to glare ice in different areas, there is little we can do to provide a safe enough surface to ski. If we should get a few inches of snow before the next meltdown we will try to resume nordic operations. Thanks to all the athletes, teams, and touring nordic skiers to make this season a memorable one.
(John Filander, Giants Ridge)
Wednesday, March 08, 2017  posted: 3/9/2017 6:00:20 PM
Observation Secondhand 
  We checked in and were informed at the desk that the trails were closed and would not reopen until there was a lot more new snow (i.e. probably not this season according to the forecasts.) We hiked Cedar and Summit and found an inch or so of new snow on two inches or more of solid ice and lots of large trees blown down across the trails. Some "ski at your own risk" skiers had skied up Bronze and down Summit, so trails are skiable if you're desperate, but not worth a long drive.
(Michael Howe)
Friday, March 03, 2017  posted: 3/3/2017 5:46:55 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Classical skied the Pepsi Challenge course. Made to order, A-1, tip-top, impeccable, bomb proof tracks throughout the Silver, Summit, Biwabik Spur, Oslo, Bronze and Gold. Ditto for the skate deck. 20 degrees and sunny, I imagined it was January again! :)
(Cheri Johnson)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017  posted: 2/28/2017 1:56:03 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Skied most of the new Pepsi Challenge/Great River Energy course. Our new 25/50K course (to avoid the beaver flooding) starts on Silver, goes up Summit trail, around Biwabik Spur, onto Bronze/Summit, and then through the topside of Gold and back to the stadium area. The skate deck is improving every day with the small accumulations of snow we have received in the past few days and was pretty fantastic today. The stability of the top layer is great and the snow is still firm and fast underneath. The classic tracks are about 50 percent set for the race course and are looking great! The few icy patches that you will find where water seeped up are well marked and very easily avoidable.
Photos:  
(Angela Bealka)

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