Operation Dates: 1936 - 2004; 2008 - Present
* Elevations: Base: 6,700'
* Facilities: Base Lodge
Lifts: 1 Triple Chairlift, 1 Double Chairlift (Heron Poma), 1 T-bar
(Removed in 2008), 1 Surface (Removed in 2008)
Sleeping Giant first opened for the 1936-37 season. They constructed a
T-bar lift serving the main ski slopes during the 1940's. The ski area is
located near Yellowstone National Park and is known for great snow and
a family atmosphere.
During 1993, Sleeping Giant acquired a used Heron-Poma double chairlift
for their beginner slope. The T-bar still managed to carry riders up the
The ski area ran into financial trouble during 2004 when inspectors
determined the area's T-bar was unsafe to ride. With no funds to repair
the lift, the ski area closed. It's status with the US Forest Service was
unclear until a recent proposal was approved, reissuing the ski area's
In 2007, the Nielson Family among others purchased the ski area with the
intention to reopen the facility. Proposed improvements for summer 2008
will top over 2.5 million dollars and include a new triple chairlift bought
used from Mammoth, CA and a snowmaking system. For more
information regarding Sleeping Giant's reopening plans, please see our
forum discussions here.
Update: Sleeping Giant will reopen this season (2009-10) with a new
triple chair, refurbished double chair and snowmaking. Check out their
website here: www.skisg.com
Directions: 349 Yellowstone Hwy. Cody, Wyoming 82414
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*Pictures thanks to Cameron H. of skilifts.org
* General Pictures Taken 2007:
* The T-Bar:
* The Double Chair (Heron -Poma):
* The Rope Tows: