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The Giant will soon awaken! 

Right at the edge of Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find the Sleeping Giant Ski Area — and ski enthusiasts with a lust for adventure are getting ready for some wintertime fun.

This super-friendly little ski area — known as “Sleepy G” by locals — is in the stunning Absaroka Mountain Range. It’s a breath of fresh air for budget-minded skiers and boarders who hate long ski lines and overpriced tickets but love a day of pretense-free fun on the slopes. The ski area recently had its “soft opening” and will open for the season on December 9. 

Here’s what to know about the Sleeping Giant Ski Area:

It’s one of the oldest alpine areas in North America

The Sleeping Giant Ski Area sign

Sleeping Giant was one of dozens of small ski areas that opened shortly after the invention of the ski lift in the 1930s. Its first season was 1936-37. 

It’s Groovy (and Groomed!) 

Owner Nick Piazza called it the “grooviest mountain in Wyoming” in a season-opening announcement, and many faithful locals would agree with him.

There’s Snow Doubt About the Amount of White Stuff We Get

A snowy day at Sleeping Giant

The ski area gets more than 150 inches of snow every year — that’s a whole lot of powder!  

There’s a Trail for Everybody 

A young child skiing at Sleeping GIant

Sleeping Giant features 184 acres of skier- and rider-accessible terrain with trails for skiers of every ability. There’s also a magic carpet for beginning skiers, a slow zone, a ski school, and a cross-country trail for Nordic skiers and snowshoers. Trails are a mix of 15 percent beginner runs, 38 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced runs, and 13 percent expert runs. 

There’s also a terrain park designed for skiers and snowboarders with quarter pipes, rails, boxes, and jumps. Explore a little further, and you’ll also find a tubing hill and cross-country ski trails that run along the Shoshone River at the base of the mountain.

Ticket Prices Aren’t Giant

When we say Sleeping Giant is fun for everyone, we mean it! Lift tickets are only $59 for adults, $46 for kids 13-18, and $25 for kids six to 12 and seniors 70 and older. That means more people have a chance to get out and enjoy the slopes. 

New Year, New Features

Among the new features at Sleeping Giant this year is a fleet of Sno-Go bikes. Ski-biking is a new and fast-growing winter sport that’s great for beginners, non-skiers, or anyone who loves a wintertime adventure. 

You Can Learn How to Ski Here

A woman holds her skies on her shoulder at Sleeping GIant in Cody Yellowstone

Groups can rent a yurt or large tent for special events. Additionally, the entire ski area can be rented by groups of 50 or more. 

A little girl walks with a snow tube at Sleeping Giant in Cody Yellowstone

The ski area offers discounts to skiers staying at lodges and cabins in the area. Many visitors also stay in Cody, which offers a vast array of accommodationsrestaurantsattractions, and other wintertime adventures

We can’t wait to see you on the slopes this winter! Start planning your getaway today