Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FatBikes Gaining Acceptance in The Northland

It's happening mostly in the big ski resorts of the west.
Grand Targhee comes to mind first.
Well, now the northland's got it's first ski resort allowing FatBiking on their Nordic XC ski trails; and this place is Giants Ridge
Awesome news!! 
Along with allowing FatBikes, come March 2014 they'll also be putting on a FatBike only race!! I'll try and dig up more info on this race as it becomes available.
A big thanks to Jon Filander, activities and events director at Giants Ridge. 
As with anything, us FatBikers are the new kids on the trails..... So please act accordingly!! 
Let's show the temperamental XC ski crowd WE ARE NOT LIKE what they think we are like!! 
Kill them with kindness!!
Update... As of 11/20/2013
Well, you can another local Nordic ski area welcoming FatBikes!!! 
Mt. Itasca........
This from their newsletter this morning............

Fat, fat tire biking on ski trails-Griffin Myslivecek from GRIMBA (local mountain biking club) explained  about an up and coming sport of riding bikes with super wide and low pressure tires to ride on packed ski trails.  This is being accepted in other areas around the country.  The tires don’t leave much of a mark; but if the rider dismounts, there might be foot marks or maybe something the size of a snow angel if the dismount was not so graceful.  Board Member Al Dettmer, who does a ton of volunteer grooming at Mt. Itasca, thought those trails might be a good place to start since they are so hard packed. Bikers would pay trail fees and stay away from the classic tracks.


also should note, a XC ski trail is not my preferred place to ride my FatBike! 

Give me a snowshoe stomped trail meandering through the woods and I'm one happy guy during our "dark-time!!" 
Pedal On!!


  1. I spoke with Jon Filander from Giants Ridge via email for more details about snow biking there and the Fat Bike Race to be held in March. He gave me the information needed to write my post "Giants Ridge Now Welcomes Fatbikes and Will Host New Fatbike Race". Here's the link: http://mnbiketrailnavigator.blogspot.com/2013/11/giants-ridge-now-welcomes-fatbikes-and.html