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About Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant serves the Big Horn Basin and Greater Yellowstone area with recreational downhill skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and zip lining. The recreation area is located just outside of Yellowstone’s East Gate, and only 50 miles west of Cody, Wyoming.

Over the last decade, Sleeping Giant has become the destination for local adventure. Our recreation area provides patrons with beautifully-groomed slopes, diverse terrain, top-of-the-line ski and snowboard instruction, and Wyoming’s largest dual zip line. Sleeping Giant is also known for its incredible views and wildlife.

Parents and kids are the livelihood of Sleeping Giant. Families come here because they feel safe and look forward to having a good time. They know that every skier and snowboarder is willing to offer guidance and assistance to others – young or old. It’s our community culture.

We pride ourselves in partnering with organizations in the community, hosting various youth programs, and putting on events for the Big Horn Basin to enjoy. When people experience Sleeping Giant, they will want to come back for more.


Our History

In April 2007, a local group led by Jim Nielson, began negotiations to acquire Sleeping Giant – a nearby ski area that ceased operations in 2004. The Yellowstone Recreations Foundation was established to reopen and improve this facility. Since its reopening, the Sleeping Giant Recreational Area has already become an economical family recreation destination that promotes alpine skiing, nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Each of these winter activities encourage coordination, strength training, and cardiovascular health among youth and adults. Sleeping Giant recently added a zip line tour, making it a great destination for summer activities as well. 

Our not-for-profit entity is headquartered in Cody, Wyoming, and is led by a diverse volunteer board made up of local community leaders. We currently operate Sleeping Giant Ski Area & Zipline, and have partnered with many recreational groups in the area to further expand our mission.


Trail Map

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Safety Policies

Sleeping Giant takes safety seriously. We want our participants to feel safe and have an enjoyable time. We ask that all skiers, snowboarders, and others enjoying the area act responsibly. The staff at Sleeping Giant has come up with 7 ways to ensure safety while on the mountain.

Seven Ways to Ensure Yours (and Others’) Safety:

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.


North Absaroka Ski Patrol

Interested in joining Ski Patrol? Then join the North Absaroka Ski Patrol.

Our weekly classes in Outdoor Emergency Care begin in November with an informational session. During these classes, you will learn comprehensive first aid from National Ski Patrol certified instructors. The first meeting will discuss the benefits to patrollers including the cost to enroll in this class – including a 900-page textbook – which are funded in large part by generous donors to North Absaroka Ski Patrol. Thank you!

Don't miss this opportunity to patrol as a volunteer or join the paid crew (depends on scheduling and successful completion of candidacy requirements). Once you've completed the Outdoor Emergency Care course, you will feel more prepared to handle a medical emergency in any outdoor situation – summer or winter. Enrollment is open to anyone 15 or over. 

Note: It’s fun to ski and snowboard, but you don't have to be an expert in either activity to be a part of ski patrol. We work with anyone in need of developing solid skills.


Employment opportunities

Sleeping Giant is always looking for seasonal help. Here are some job openings for the upcoming ski season.


Sleeping Giant Ski Area & Zipline is currently accepting applications for that position. Sleeping Giant is a ski area and zipline operation located just outside of the east gate of Yellowstone Park, in Wyoming’s rugged North Fork valley west of Cody, Wyoming. The successful candidate will communicate with a Board of Directors and be responsible for mountain operations, community relations, guest experience, and driving the bottom-line success of the entire mountain. Mechanical experience on chairlifts is a must. Applicants should have at least 10 years of combined experience in ski area management, mechanical operations, personnel management, working with USFS, and community involvement. See or contact us at Application Deadline: December 1, 2019.

Ski Area (November-March)

Ticket Desk Clerk

Rental Shop Supervisor

Kitchen Supervisor

Ski Instructor

Snowboard Instructor

Lift Operator

North Absaroka Ski Patrol

To apply, download the employment application below. Once you have completed your application, please email


Did you know we offer scholarships?

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