The new owner of Sleeping Giant, Nick Piazza, has big plans for upgrading the Cody, Wyoming ski resort after his first year of running the mountain. Sleeping Giant is planning on spending one million dollars during this offseason, and two and a half million dollars in the next five years.
The first priorities for Sleeping Giant are lodge improvements and trail cutting. The plans for the base lodge are the following: An upgraded kitchen, new paint on the exterior and the interior of the building, an outdoor deck on the second floor, and converting the current outdoor deck to be a music bandshell for concerts. A trail expansion and tree clearing are also planned on the east side of the mountain, with the possibility of it being ready for next season as well. Usually, in the summer, a zipline is open as a centerpiece of their operations. In order to get these projects done though, Sleeping Giant has announced they will keep the zipline closed until next year.
Building lodging facilities is another big portion of Nick Piazza’s plans of growing Sleeping Giant. They are hoping to create numerous small ski-in/out cabins on the banks of the Shoshone River, a move that could double the revenue generated by the resort. Other plans include new snowmaking equipment, minor lift and electrical upgrades, new internet services, additional rental snow bikes, and trail clearings. During this past offseason, Sleeping Giant made upgrades to their lodge and point of sale systems, updated their wifi, added solar lights for night skiing, constructed a terrain park, made snowmaking improvements, and a new base side yurt was built as a warm-up space for patrons.
Nick Piazza also stated in the article that he wishes to buy Snow King’s removed summit triple from them. The lift would have gone above the Big Horn lift, which would add a significant portion of the terrain to the eastern portion of the mountain. That ship has sailed, as Snow King is selling the old chairs via auction. Snow King GM, Ryan King, said this about Sleeping Giant’s attempt at purchasing it:
“We started off with this ski area in Michigan that seemed really interested and sent an engineer out here, indicated they were going to buy it, and then I guess they had a bad ski season, and they decided they couldn’t afford it. And so that one didn’t happen. And then we had another interested ski area actually in Wyoming that was kind of interested in taking it, but they didn’t have the Forest Service approvals already in hand to do so.”
So Sleeping Giant will have to wait for another fixed grip to go on the market in the future, which is certainly possible. Regardless, big changes are ahead for this Wyoming ski resort.
Image Sources: Skimap.org, Sleeping Giant’s Facebook Page