Local Cody, Wyoming, skiers and riders are once again eager for slopes to open. Small ski areas in Wyoming have been closing down in recent years, but Sleeping Giant outside Cody is re-opening this winter - its first season since its closure five years ago.

The nonprofit Yellowstone Recreations Foundation negotiated with the Forest Service and raised funds to launch a $1.4 million improvement campaign to the family ski hill that sits on the North Fork Road between Cody and the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Improvements to the ski area began in spring 2008 with the replacement of the access bridge across the North Fork of the Shoshone River.

Work continued last summer with installing snowmaking lines, thinning glades, expanding terrain, adding runs, and a new lift. The hill now has three lifts-including the new west triple chairlift and a terrain park.

National Geographic even visited the ski hill in early October to film footage for their program called the "World's Greatest Fixes."

The ski area also will operate a lodge, restaurant, ski and snowboard school, and rental shop. Season passes went on sale this fall with a long list of benefits that includes skiing discounts at Jackson Hole. Passes are still available, with the adult pass costing $329.

Daily tickets will be available for full and half day. Adult full day tickets cost $29. Junior tickets cost $24, and child tickets cost $12.

Sleeping Giant plans to open for the season Nov 27; however, the official grand opening will be Saturday, Dec. 19. Events for the grand opening include a torchlight parade, races, and food celebrations. 

More information. Or call 307-527-8988.