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Best 4 Places to Go Downhill Skiing in North Dakota
Are you looking for a place to go downhill skiing in North Dakota this year? I have a few ski areas that I can recommend.
Here they are:
1. Huff Hills Ski Area
The Huff Hills Ski Area is located in Mandan and features 16 runs with a vertical drop of 450 feet. Beginners that would like a long and leisurely run should check out the Pheasant and Wild Turkey Trails whereas more experienced skiers will want to head towards the Bad Business Trail. Lift ticket prices start at $18 per person, and the least expensive time to visit is weekdays after lunch. It typically opens daily at 10 a.m.
2. Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area
The Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area is located in Walhalla and features a terrain park, half pipe and 10 trails with a 350-foot vertical drop. Do you get jazzed over jibbing? Then I'd suggest that you make your way to the Dragon's Mouth Terrain Park. It contains enough boxes, table tops and rails to keep you busy for a few hours. Snow tubing and rentals are also available on site. It opens daily at 9:30 am and lift ticket prices start at $21 per person. The most cost effective time to visit is from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
3. Bear's Den Mountain Ski Resort
The Bear's Den Mountain Ski Resort is located in Fort Ransom and features a terrain park with over 10 trails and a vertical drop of 290 feet. It opens at noon on Fridays and at 10 a.m. on the weekends. Lift ticket prices start at $14 and the best time to visit is weekdays. Ski and snowboard rentals are available on-site and typically range from $1 to $17.
4. Bottineau Winter Park
The Bottineau Winter Park is located in Bottineau and features 9 downhill trails with a 250-foot vertical drop. Snow tubing and rentals are also available. In my opinion, what makes this facility stand out from the rest is that an adaptive sports program for disabled skiers is in the works, along with a specially designed lodge. It will be the first such program in the state and is being created in the memory of a North Dakota resident who died during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It opens at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, noon on Fridays, 9 a.m. on Saturdays and at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Lift ticket prices start at $12 per person, and the cheapest time to visit is after 2 p.m.
My family enjoys winter sports and has traveled extensively.
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