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Get Outdoors: Giants Ridge

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BIWABIK, MN -

The winter season is in full swing at Giants Ridge.

Benji Neff, Director of Mountain Sports at Giants Ridge, said "We've got 35 Alpine runs, we've got 100% of our terrain open."

The mixture of artificial snow and mother natures blend has made for some great conditions on the slopes.

"Right now we have the best conditions we've had all season." said Neff. 

And if you need to knock the rust off, like I did, Giants Ridge offers personal or group classes.

Neff said, "We've got an excellent snowboard and ski school. We've got over 30 instructors who are highly trained."

Neff starts us off on the bunny hill, learning the basics. Its been about 15-years since I've been downhill skiing. After some warming up, its time to hit the brand new high speed detachable lift they installed this summer.

Neff explains, "A chair-lift ride takes less than three minutes now. So you spend way less time on the lift, and way more time skiing which is what everyone comes to do."

Getting to the top, I was a little intimidated because it was a lot more steep than the bunny hill. But I fell right back into the swing of things going down the hill. 

"Giants Ridge has a really good mixture of runs. We've got true green runs, we've got true blue runs, we've got true blacks." said Neff. 

My photographer, Reece, came along. It was his first time skiing and well... he took a couple spills. But for his first time, to my surprise, he was actually doing pretty good. 

I was surprised at how well groomed the trails were, too.

"So every night we have a fleet of three PistenBully Snowcats on two opposite shifts that go out and groom the entire hill. We really pride ourselves on having the best grooming and we hold it to the highest standards." said Neff.

Giants Ridge will also be offering moon-light guided tours for snowshoeing or fatbiking this winter.

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