Best Giants Ridge Resort Cross Country Skiing

The 10th most popular XC Ski in Minnesota.

  Ely, Minnesota, US

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  June 22, 2016

Northeast of Virginia and Biwabik in the Superior National Forest, the Giants Ridge Recreation Area has 60 km of groomed trails, with 3.5 km lite for evening skiing. If youre looking for more backcountry, the Silver and Laurentian Trails are for you.

The Silver Trail (6.2 mi.)is a challenging route located in the Giants Ridge Recreation Area, which is also used for Olympic cross-country ski qualifications. To reach the trailhead from Biwabik, head east on SR135 for 1.5 miles. Proceed north on CR138 for three miles into the GRRA on the left.

The Laurentian Trail (5.2 mi. / 800 ) is a rolling double track located near Silver Trail in the Giants Ridge Recreation Area. The route flows through rich aspen and pine forests. To reach the trailhead from Biwabik, head east on SR135 for 1.5 miles. Proceed north on CR138 for three miles into the GRRA on the left.

Overall, Giants Ridge Resort is the 10th most popular cross country ski area of all 38 Nordic ski destinations in Minnesota. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Giants Ridge Resort including Bear Island - Lake Trail, Birch Lake Trail, Jasper Hills XC Ski Trail, North Arm Trails, Banadad Trail and Laurentian Trail.


Local Contacts:  SNF (218) 229-8800; Giants Ridge Resort (218) 865-8005; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Villas At Giants Ridge (800) 843-7434

Luxury Loding:  Lodge At Giants Ridge (877) 442-6877

Reference Source:  click here http://www.giantsridge.com/

GPS:  47.57971, -92.3026

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  6/22/2016

ID:  7271


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