Winter recreation is never more than a snowfall away in North Dakota. Once the calendar hits November, snow isn't surprising and neither are the acivities that become available to winter outdoor recreation lovers.
Snowmobile North Dakota has 17 snowmobile trails that cover 3,000 miles of groomed trails and 800 miles of ungroomed trails. Avid snowmobilers travel miles to lay down the tracks on North Dakota’s uncrowded, pristine snow. Snowmobile trails open Dec. 1 if there are at least four inches of snow cover.
Skiing & Snowshoeing
North Dakota has multiple cross-country ski trails designed to challenge novice and advanced skiers. Snowshoe enthusiasts are not allowed on groomed cross-country ski trails, but they can blaze their own trails through undisturbed snow. Cross Ranch, Turtle River and Lake Metigoshe State parks, as well as Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, offer excellent cross-country skiing. www.ndparks.com
For downhill skiers, stay in top form at any of four ski resorts: Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area, Walhalla; Bottineau Winter Park; Huff Hills, south of Mandan; and Bears Den Mountain Ski Area, Fort Ransom.