- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 4
- All Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Short lines, great runs, friendly staff, fun
Cons: It's a drive from anywhere
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2011
Sleeping Giant has been there since 1938. It's a rustic, non-profit ski area nestled next to the eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. About 50 minutes west of Cody, it's a drive, but once there, Sleeping Giant delivers!
The views are spectacular and the area lies underneath some imposing peaks. There's a variety of trails - mostly open and wide, funneling into two lifts - a double and triple. The hardest runs are at the top of the Sheepeater lift - everything comes down through the pines - runs like Drano and Huckleberry are steep and the moguls are deep. Best bet is to warm up on the greens and blues on the Bighorn lift - they're groomed and smooth, and work your way over to the Sheepeater lift. (easiest way to the Bighorn is to ride the Cub Tow then ski over). There's a half-way point prior to climibing to the steep trees, however, if you go right off the midway point, there's some good black diamond runs like Freddy's Turnpike and Moose Drool, that give you some shallow moguls and short, but steep drops back toward the lift.
Everything at Sleeping Giant eventually funnels to the two lifts, though if you ski the Shoshone Steeps you may have to walk a bit back to the lift - it's pretty flat at the bottom. There's plenty of places to play - if you want glades, the upper runs off Sheepeater are great. If you want cruising, then any of the lower runs will work. There are plenty of small drops, bowls and jumps all over the area. There are two terrain parks, both off the Bighorn lift.
My favorite runs - taking Sheepeater to the top, ski North Fork Traverse to Huckleberry down to Twiggs Trail, under the lift to Far West, then taking off on Moose Drool or the Steeps back to the bottom.
All around great place and they make it fun with music and drink specials. Check out the Buffalo Jump ski jump contest - there were some great jumpers from around the area getting 150-170 feet! Stay at one of Cody's hotels and ask for $20 lift tickets.