Wake Your Winter Wanderlust

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BISMARCK, ND – This winter has brought record snowfalls to North Dakota so there’s no better time than now to wake that wanderlust and enjoy the season’s wonderland. From snowshoeing to Nordic skiing to sleigh rides, there’s an activity for everyone. Assemble your crew, head out the door and find all there is to love about North Dakota in February. Contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.ndtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Old-School Wintery Fun

Enjoy glimpses of North Dakota’s active winter wildlife while snowshoeing across rolling and peaceful snow-covered prairies. If you want a real physical challenge, snowshoe the rugged terrain of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Pembina Gorge’s forested valley serves as an ideal backdrop for snowmobiling, and the nearby Frost Fire Ski Area features a snow-tubing area that is ideal fun for all ages. Huff Hills is North Dakota’s largest ski area and skiers and snowboarders have access to four lifts, a range of terrain and opportunities for free lessons from available ski patrol. Bottineau’s Winter Park, in the Turtle Mountains, is a family-friendly ski resort featuring five lifts, nine trails and night skiing. If the solitude of cross country skiing appeals to you there is an array of groomed trails - rated from novice to advanced – in North Dakota’s state parks.

Embrace the Elements

North Dakotans are known for their hardy outlook on cold-weather living and the locals most certainly find unique ways to make winter fun for all ages. Tap into February’s celebrations and find a game of pond hockey, enter the kids in a youth ice fishing tournament or take a thermos of hot cocoa along for a sleigh ride. Join other families for ice carving and snowman building contests or in good old-fashioned fun with a cardboard sled race. Discover what it was like for early people to live in North Dakota while snowshoeing through historical sites. Make this the winter you try ice fishing and finally learn what the hype is all about.  

Get Cozy

Chilly weather can motivate even the hardiest of folks to crave coziness, so plan a getaway with family and friends this February. After a day spent outdoors, tuck in for a night in one of North Dakota State Parks’ yurts or cabins. Ice fish or snowshoe the day away and then settle in for a comfortable evening at one of several lodges around the state. Stay warm and spend a day indoors learning about regional history at the North Dakota Heritage Center  or other museums around the state. Fill your culture cup at Plains Art Museum or check out the Unglued Craft Fest which features more than 70 regional artists (and might inspire some new hobbies). Enjoy a night of live theater and sample international cuisine at the Feast of Nations on the UND campus, or visit one of many new restaurants that have opened across North Dakota. Of course, hockey, basketball and curling games are a classic means of northern climate indoor entertainment.

No matter how you make your family fun this February, you’re sure to find something for everyone to love in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.