Cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing

Winter is Fun in North Dakota

Vary your workout routine to take advantage of winter

North Dakotans don't let cold and winter get them down, and neither should you. Embrace the Norwegian lifestyle known as "friluftsliv." Year-round activities in the great outdoors have positive effects on health. North Dakota is fortunate enough to have winter recreation to diversify your routine. With downhill ski runs, tubing slides, frozen lakes and thousands of miles of snowshoeing and snowmobiling trails, North Dakota is a winter recreational hub.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross-country skiers have a variety of trails to choose from, through parks, along rivers and even through the Badlands. Blaze your own trail or view a list of available trails here.

Downhill Skiing

You won't find the Rocky Mountains' famous ski resorts here, but you will find downhill ski areas that provide a nearby "warm-up" before hitting the big boys. Huff Hills near Mandan, Frost Fire Park near Walhalla and Bottineau Winter Park near Bottineau are open for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Ice Fishing

Anglers will find excellent ice fishing opportunities on North Dakota's lakes and rivers, as yellow perch, northern pike and walleye bite through the winter. Ice fishing is especially popular at Devils Lake, a world-renowned perch fishery, as well as Icelandic and Lake Metigoshe state parks, and on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon.

Sledding and Skating

Whether you crave the nostalgic experience of skating at the local pond or steering the hottest toboggan to hit the snow, you can find it in North Dakota. All major cities have indoor skating rinks, and most communities have outdoor rinks and sledding hills.


There are more than 2,800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails enough for you? If not, there are several hundred miles of less developed trails to explore. Well-developed trails lead through the forests of the Turtle Mountains and Pembina Gorge, the scenic valleys of the Sheyenne, Missouri and Red rivers, the Badlands and the endless shorelines of Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea. The Lake Metigoshe area and Turtle Mountains are excellent for all winter activities. Click here for Snowmobile North Dakota's interactive trail map.