Biwabik, MN - As legend and folklore would have it, the land of northern Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range is carved by giants of long ago. Those same giants are said to have roamed the towering pines and evergreens of the Superior National Forest, leaving behind a footprint that has led to trails of epic proportions.
This fall, Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik (on the east end of the Mesabi Iron Range), will begin construction of three miles of gravity-based flow mountain bike trails, as part of the resort's master plan.
Open in spring of 2018, these rollercoaster-like trails (purposefully built for one's bike) will offer new levels of adventure to mountain bikers of varying skill levels.
With the recent explosion of mountain biking within the Midwest - and, more regionally, in the sister Cuyuna Range and nearby Duluth area, Giants Ridge is poised to tap further into a potential generator of economic impact, as well as a growing mountain biker market.
According to Giants Ridge's Director of Mountain Sports, Benji Neff, the addition of mountain biking at Giants Ridge, "allows the resort to offer yet another recreational activity to guests in the summer on the Iron Range." In addition to existing trails scattered across the Iron Range at Lookout Mountain north of Virginia and at Maple Hill Park in Hibbing -the addition of mountain biking trails at Giants Ridge will offer Iron Range guests a whole new outdoor experience, masterfully-carved into the scenic terrain of one of Minnesota's premier resorts. Aaron Rodgers of Rock Solid Trail Contracting, a well-distinguished name within the Midwest mountain biking world, will sculpt the new trails at Giants Ridge.
The trails will be lift-served trails, offering riders yet another unique way to experience the terrain, creating #GiantMemories for mountain bikers and Giants Ridge guests for years to come.
Giants Ridge includes 35 downhill ski runs, over 60 kilometers of nordic trails, snow tubing, snowshoeing, disc golf, two award-winning championship 18-hole golf courses, access to the 132 mile-long multi-use Mesabi Trail, and snowmobile trails.
For more information about Giants Ridge and the expanded mountain biking trail system, visit giantsridge.com