Fat Biking

Giant Fun, not Far Away!

Once again, Giants Ridge Resort  in Biwabik is the place to be for winter fun. Find more than 60k of cross country trails, and use their high speed lift for downhill fat biking! The cross country trails wind through boreal forests and over gentle hills. You’ll find plenty of serenity here. Keep an eye out for wildlife – it’s not uncommon to see deer, owls, or even a mink out on the trails!

Find onsite lodging and dining at Giants Ridge, with an all-condos resort at The Villas, all-suites at The Lodge and the unique cottages of Green Gate Guest Houses. Stop at the Burnt Onion at the base of the ski hill for fabulous food and drink, or check out Neighbor’s BBQ at The Lodge. In nearby Biwabik, visit Vi’s for her famous pizza. Be sure to venture into Aurora for plenty of dining options – Rudy’s, the Copper Nickel, Megan’s and The Hive – or go west into Gilbert for island-style dining at The Whistling Bird, and live music at the Ore House.

For shopping, we recommend Canelakes’ Candies and Irma’s Finland House, both in Virginia.

Cyclists stand near fat tire bikes in winter, overlooking the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota

More to Explore

Explore parts of the incredible, 162-mile paved  Mesabi Trail by fat bike this winter. A five-mile stretch between Chisholm and Buhl is groomed and offers food and drink at either end, plus lodging at Chisholm vacation rentals or the Chisholm Inn & Suites.

At  RedHead Mountain Bike Park you’ll find premier options for winter fat biking, with miles of groomed trails in one of the best mountain bike systems in the country. This upstart park was built in abandoned above-ground mines, meaning the views are incredible and the elevation changes (if you like that sort of thing) are challenging. You can also snowshoe here.

As if all this isn’t perfect enough, you can even explore forest roads in the Superior National Forest. We recommend heading north of Chisholm into the Dark Lake/Shannon River area. Contact us for maps and more info: 218-749-8161. With lots of options, we’ll keep you pedaling all winter long!

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, folks in Hibbing hold the Pie-Burner Fat Bike Ride. Entry is only a toy for the local Toys For Tots program.