I’m a skier, and I think the sport is awesome. But I’m not an awesome skier. I like my meandering blues and greens, but my days of double-black moguls are long gone. In fact, they never really even existed. And when I drive west for a day of winter fun at Sleeping Giant Ski Area, none of this matters in the least.
Why the confession? Because as the unofficial ambassador for all things Yellowstone Country, I want to remind my readers Sleeping Giant Ski Area is one of the family-friendliest, prettiest, most well-managed ski areas you’ll ever want to visit. For those of us happily in the green- and blue-run category, there are more than enough runs to keep us energized and entertained. In fact, 55 percent of the entire mountain – 26 runs in all – are blue and green. My friends who love the moguls find plenty of challenging runs too, with 45 percent of the terrain and 21 runs in the expert category.
And for stat-lovers, here are a few other fun facts about Sleeping Giant. It has a total of 184 skiable acres, 47 runs, a base elevation of 6,619 feet, vertical drop of 810 feet and an average snowfall of 150 inches.
Here are a few other things that I love about Sleeping Giant Ski Area:
-It’s beautiful. The ski area is right on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, and the forest and valley surrounding the ski hills make for some exquisite scenery. Sleeping Giant calls itself Yellowstone’s Playground,” and it’s easy to see why.
-It’s affordable, and there are all kinds of special deals for kids and schools. I always buy a season ticket, but even if you walk up for the day you can be assured that you won’t break the bank.
-It’s close to home. It takes me less than an hour to get to the ski area from my house.
-And most important of all, there’s still plenty of time to get in some turns. The final day of the ski season isn’t until March 27.
-It’s a great place to have the best winter ski events. I’m looking to “Rails n Bails” next month!
I hope to see you on the slopes in the next few weeks.
Until then, I’m loving life and gliding down the mountain here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.