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Home Things to Do Winter Fun Sleeping Giant Ski Area To Re-open For 2009/2010 Season

Revamped alpine skiing, snowboarding center west of Cody, Wyoming

Sleeping Giant Ski Area To Re-open For 2009/2010 Season

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A completely renovated Sleeping Giant Ski Area, located just outside of the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and closed since 2004, is scheduled to re-open by the Thanksgiving 2009 holiday, according to management.

The 180-acre downhill ski area is owned and operated by the non-profit Yellowstone Recreations Foundation.

Located in the Shoshone National Forest 49 miles west of Cody, Wyoming, Sleeping Giant Ski Area features two ski lifts covering 900 vertical feet, double the height of the ski area when it closed in 2004.

The renovation added a terrain park with 14 features, including quarter pipes, rails, boxes and jumps. The terrain park is one of only a handful in the country that was constructed almost entirely of materials found on the hill. It is designed for use by both snowboarders and skiers.

Sleeping Giant will also operate a triple chairlift on the west side of the ski area. An existing double chairlift on the east side will continue to operate. The skiable terrain of Sleeping Giant has increased from 45 acres to 180 acres. Snowmaking equipment also has been added.

Sleeping Giant Ski Area is one of the oldest ski areas in the country. It originally opened in 1936, and was much loved by area skiers for its family-friendly atmosphere. Yellowstone Recreations Foundation officials have said the reopened ski area will retain both the family-friendly theme and affordability.

For more Information about Sleeping giant Ski Area, call (307) 272-6050 or visit the Web site at

With the addition of downhill skiing, Buffalo Bill's Cody/Yellowstone Country - comprised of Cody, Powell, Meeteetse and Eastern Yellowstone National Park - now has a variety of comprehensive winter-season offerings.

Winter travel enthusiasts can also enjoy ice-climbing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowcoaching, winter wildlife-watching, museums and galleries, wintertime concerts and winter-season fishing.

"Winter was once considered the quiet season in Cody, but in the past few years we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors who travel here to participate in their winter activity of choice," said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council.

"The stores along Sheridan Avenue - our main street - are already stocking crampons, thermal socks and ski goggles, and our hotels report they are already taking reservations for the upcoming season," she added. "And when our visitors are ready to move indoors they will find a wide range of museums, galleries, restaurants and entertainment options."

The Park County Travel Council website (
www.yellowstonecountry.org) lists information about vacation packages, special events, guide services, weather and more. Travelers wishing to arrange vacation can also call the Park County Travel Council at (800) 393-2639.

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