3 of the Best Places To Go Downhill Skiing in North Dakota

Alicia Underlee Nelson
| January 25, 2024 | 1 Minute Read
Snowboarder passing under ski lift riders on a ski slope at Huff Hills Ski Area

Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan 

North Dakota’s largest ski area is tucked into the hills 16 miles south of Mandan. Huff Hills Ski Area (above) features 16 runs, including hike-in terrain, a 450-foot vertical drop and off-piste runs. Two lifts and two tow lines whisk skiers to the top of the mountain. Ski and snowboard rentals are available on site.

Polish your skills with ski and snowboarding lessons or tackle the terrain park. The obstacles—which include ramps, kickers, walls, boxes and barrels—are always changing, so you never know if you’ll be stump jumping through the woods or grinding the log rail.

Warm up with homemade soup, chili, hot cocoa or coffee. Heartier options include burgers, wraps, sandwiches and pizza.

Frost Fire Park, Walhalla

Ski just minutes from the Canadian border at Frost Fire Park near Walhalla. It’s located in the startlingly pretty Pembina Gorge region, just off the Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway.

The park offers two ski trails for beginners, two intermediate runs, three black diamond challenges, a terrain park and a 350-foot vertical drop. It features a SkyTrac quad-seat lift and a Magic Carpet on the beginner hill and offers ski and snowboard lessons from PSIA certified instructors. Ski and snowboard rentals are available.

Order fish and chips, cheeseburger baskets or a 16-ounce ribeye in the lodge. Sunday brunch—featuring chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy, stuffed omelets and breakfast burritos—is an event.

Adult and child skier on a ski slope with other various skiers and a lodge in the background

Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau

Try skiing, tubing and snowboarding at this park (above), deep in the heart of the Turtle Mountains. The complex includes a full-service rental shop and eight expertly groomed runs that range from beginner-friendly to advanced. Two conveyor lifts serve the beginner hill. A tow rope, handle lift, triple chairlift and T-bar lift ferry guests all the way to the top.

A full-service cafeteria and special events like costume contests and cardboard sled races engage visitors of all ages. Five snowshoeing trails also wind through the grounds.

Lessons are available for all, including visitors with disabilities. Annie’s House offers adaptive skiing, tubing, snowboarding and two all-terrain wheelchairs, so everyone can get outside and play in the snow.

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