Giants Ridge Ski Resort

Giants Ridge Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Aurora, MN.

Season Passes

Giants Ridge is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Giants Ridge Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Giants Ridge's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Giants Ridge around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Giants Ridge Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Giants Ridge has a total of 35 ski trails, which are serviced by 7 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Giants Ridge is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 202 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 82 hectares, 0.3 square miles, or 0.8 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
202(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Giants Ridge Ski Resort Elevation

Giants Ridge Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,972 feet, or 601 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,472 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 500 feet (152 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Giants Ridge has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,972'(601 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
500'(152 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,472'(449 m)

Giants Ridge Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
30.7out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Giants Ridge can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Giants Ridge has 202 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Giants Ridge is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 30% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 70%.
Green Circle
30%(61 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(101 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
20%(40 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Giants Ridge Ski Resort good for beginners?

Giants Ridge can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Giants Ridge Ski Resort Location

Giants Ridge Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Aurora, MN.

Aurora, MN 55705 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
47.59000, -92.30000

Getting to Giants Ridge Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Giants Ridge Ski Resort), its coordinates of 47.59000, -92.30000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Aurora, MN to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Giants Ridge Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN192 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Giants Ridge.

Range Regional AirportHIBHibbing, MN29 mi
Duluth International AirportDLHDuluth, MN52 mi
Falls International AirportINLInternational Falls, MN84 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Giants Ridge Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Giants Ridge Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Spirit MountainDuluth, MN1,320 ft35%61 mi
Mont du LacSuperior, WI917 ft33%66 mi
Mount AshwabayBayfield, WI1,286 ft28%86 mi
Mount Fairweather (not public)Atikokan, ON675 ft29%90 mi

Giants Ridge Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,972 ft
Base Elevation1,472 ft
Vertical Drop500 ft
(30% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres202
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Giants Ridge Ski Resort Mountain Stats