Summer Resorts 2001- Midwest, Giants Ridge Ski & Golf Resort, Minn.


Giants Ridge's 70 miles of trails slicing through the heart of Superior National Forest have earned the resort a reputation as Minnesota's mountain bike capital. And that's just the start. The 128-mile-long Mesabi Trail, a bike path that links 28 communities throughout northeastern Minnesota, runs through Giants Ridge. Or you can take to the water on neighboring Wynne and Sabin lakes in a kayak, canoe, paddleboat or pontoon. For a wilder water experience, visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, only an hour away.

Golfers can take on the Giants Ridge Course, designed by Lanny Wadkins and rated Minnesota's No. 1 public course by Golf Digest. Those up for a round with a different twist can test strategies on the Midwest's largest disc golf course, a 9,000-foot course that takes over the slopes in the spring.

Then get pampered at one of 10 lodges. If you're staying at The Villas of Giants Ridge, you can stretch out on the private beach. Or if you've booked one of the 92 suites overlooking the course at The Lodge at Giants Ridge, then you can opt for a few laps in the indoor heated pool.

Work up a big appetite during the daytime, so you can justify an evening visit to the Timbers to feast on the famous pecan-crusted walleye.

DON'T MISS The Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm, the International Wolf Center in Ely, or the Underground Mine in Soudan, all less than an hour from Giants Ridge.

BEST DEAL Stay at The Lodge at Giants Ridge for a night ($114-$125 per person) and you get 18 holes of free golf with a cart. Call 800-688-7669, or visit