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Biwabik, MN
60k
Skating/Classic
Yes
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1-800-688-7669
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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.

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Reports 1 to 10 of 23    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec | Nov
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Giants Ridge snow coverage and grooming are the best I've seen in the past three years. PB groomer has been used on all the trails I've tried this week and they are being re-groomed often. The great grooming.....OK, and colder snow, make the technical downhills on Gold and Silver really easy/fun to power through at full speed.
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(Cheryl DuBois)
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I was finally able to get up to Giants Ridge for the first time this season and was not disappointed. I skated out on Northern Lights to get to Summit then to Bronze back to the ski center. Northern Lights and Bronze both had nearly pristine corduroy and what looked like good diagonal tracks. Summit had about two inches of fresh snow from last night that had yet to be groomed, but it was nice and fluffy on top of a solid skate deck, so skating was only marginally more difficult. Of course, the descents with the fresh two inches were really fun. Only saw two other skiers over the near 12 km I covered - quiet and beautiful today in the "great white north.".
(David Sonnenberg)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
10 out of 10 stars for trail conditions and weather! All trails were opened and freshly groomed during the weekend.
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(Jeff Pesta)
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Incredible corduroy! Fast and fun. Everything but Summit, Oslo, and Northern Light/Wynne Creek are freshly groomed. These are likely the best trails currently in NE Minnesota. Giants Ridge has not been hit with the recent wet snow.
(Bria Schurke)
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Outstanding conditions at Giants Ridge today. Freshly groomed trails, very little wind and gorgeous scenery made for a memorable day. Silver, Cedar and Gold trails were impeccable. I was skating, but the classic tracks (Gold and Cedar) were also perfect.
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(Steve Squillace)
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Giants Ridge didn't get the rain and warm temps that most other parts of the state did. The temps hovered right around freezing and the trails actually picked up about 2" of fresh snow. I skied silver, cedar, and gold, all having fresh corduroy and track. Great conditions at the ridge right now.
(Tony Norland)
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Everywhere I skied was Skitastic! Freshly set tracks and ultra combed corduroy was found on the Gold, Cedar, Laurentian, NL, Wynne Creek, Oslo Connector and Biwabik Spur. The Summit and Bronzes existing tracks were top notch yet, but the cord was precise and recently updated. Those GR grooming guys got it going on!
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(Cheri Johnson)
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Only chose B skis because I skied the 17k outer loop via Laurentian, including old school Wynne Creek. If you skip Wynne Creek, good skis are fine with minimal debris to avoid. Great grooming, looks like most of it was done after the hundreds of highschool racers yesterday. In addition to Wynne Creek, parts of Biwabik Spur and Oslo are a bit old school with the skate deck narrow, well used, and slightly uneven/bumpy, but still awesome. 99% of tracks were in good shape (other than Wynne Creek - not tracked, just rolled). Some outer sections had a bit of loose snow because the trees are shedding.
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(Jeff Streier)
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the Cedar, Gold, Bronze and Oslo late in the afternoon and found super fresh and recent grooming on 3 out of 4 trails. Deep precise tracks, firm corduroy and my all time favorite- solid pole plants- connected all the dots for finding a fun rhythmic stride today. Though not up to date groomed, the tracks on the Oslo were beautifully intact, and the light glazing made for a whoo hoo grin on the big ride down! Thumbs up and more to the GR groomers!
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(Cheri Johnson)
Monday, January 2, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Fantuckingtastic ski day! Perfect snow, grooming and weather. Fast, smooth, clean and easy to ski. Tracks are very good. What's not to like?
(Mark Hagen)

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