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Watch installation of two new chairlifts at Giants Ridge in 2017!

Nearly 160,000 individuals receive care from NSP patrollers each year.
What is a National Ski Patroller?

A brief history of the NSP

Are you up to the challenge?
How to become a ski patroller.

We also need Nordic and bike patrollers!
What is Nordic patrolling?
What is Bike patrolling?

A day in the life of a ski patroller
(Offered by our friends in the Canadian Ski Patrol.)

We are Outstanding !!!
Not only did we win the 2017-2018 Western Region Outstanding Alpine Patrol Award!... We also have the 2017-2018 Outstanding Patrol Director!
Dave Markwardt won the prestigious, and equally competitive, 2017-2018 Western Region Outstanding Patrol Director Award!

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Patrollers wanted!


Our current NSP Outdoor Emergency Care course* is underway. However, we would still like to hear from you. and we would really like for you to join us.
(*EMTs and Paramedics are welcome to test out of the OEC course.)
Please e-mail our Giants Ridge Patrol Representative at
about ski and bike patrolling at Giants Ridge!

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Take a look at
< < < the NSP Recruitment Video and
the NSP Young Adult Program Video > > >
They are cool!

Please fill out our
short ski patrol application

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Telephone Numbers

Break Room: 218-865-8019
Main Office: 218-865-8000
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"I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how impressed I have been with every aspect of Giants Ridge this winter.

Snow and grooming: Excellent
Food: Excellent
Friendly and Helpful
Lift Attendants: Excellent
Ski Patrollers: Excellent"

Jeff Jacobson, ICMA-CM
City Administrator   (2/25/2020}

Thank you, Jeff !

A beautiful view from atop Giants Ridge.

We are always looking for new members. We're a fun group and enjoy some of the best skiing and panoramic vistas in Minnesota.   Interested?
Click here to fill out an application.

Proud members of the

National Ski Patrol

Central Division

Western Region

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Our primary missions are to promote safe skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking attitudes to the public, and to provide emergency rescue and medical services to skiers and mountain bikers at Giants Ridge. If you enjoy helping people and would like to play an important part in the operation of a year-round recreation area, we invite you to join us.
Pipe Rider at Giants RidgeX-C Skier at Giants Ridge Giants Ridge has 34 of the best groomed alpine ski runs in the Midwest, 60 km of superb cross-country ski trails, as well as one of the finest terrain parks for the boarder to be found anywhere. In 2003, SKI Magazine selected Giants Ridge as the best Minnesota ski area.

Two NEW purpose-built gravity mountain bike trails are NOW OPEN at Giants Ridge! There are two different trails that include optional “B” lines. Served by the NEW Sarajevo Express chairlift, trails will be intermediate to advanced and will be built to enhance rider enjoyment and fun!   The trails that will be opening this year are located south of the Garmisch ski run. The trails are being built by Rock Solid Trail Contracting of Copper Harbor, Michigan.
Mountain biking at Giants Ridge
MSHSL Alpine Racer at Giants RidgeMSHSL X-C Racer at Giants Ridge Alpine and Nordic races, along with other special events are held at the resort throughout the ski season. The Patrol provides emergency medical support for these events, and helps with other activities as diverse as fat-tire & mountain bike races held near the end of the ski season, and in summer...
...programs to help adaptive skiers reach their full potential, and multi-service rescue training exercizes, like the mass casualty exercise based on a mock chairlift derailment described at right.

Giants Ridge hosts A Mock Incident (disaster drill)
Read all about it!

Mesabi Daily News - story and photo of the incident scene
Mesabi Daily News - story and photo’s of patrollers at work
Mock Disaster Incident panoramic photo
(Click on an image to view a larger image.)

We provide thorough training in outdoor emergency medical care and in safely transporting an injured person from the hill. Emergency medical training classes generally meet for four hours one night a week, with ski and toboggan-handling training on weekends. Total training takes about a year. If you are interested in being a part of our Patrol, and can put in the time and effort, please fill out our quick on-line application.

-- Jerry Ulleberg (past Giants Ridge patroller)
Our Web site is maintained by Jeremy Schwarze and Roger Petry , Giants Ridge Ski Patrol

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