Bismarck, North Dakota (KFYR) – The calm after the storm provides many with perfect conditions for outdoor winter recreation.
It’s hard to appreciate the fun in snow like this, but Mike Jensen of the North Dakota Tourism Authority says snow is perfect for many outdoor activities.
“Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, sledding, fat tire biking, all these activities, snowshoeing are the types that benefit from it and are a very good base for downhill ski trails,” says Jensen. I was.
One area that definitely benefits from snow is the Huff Hills.
“Yes, we are always looking forward to the return of normal winter weather and helping everyone get excited about winter sports. It reminds them that there is a lot to do in the state,” said Andrew Beck, Mountain Operations Manager at Huff Hills.
Huff Hills will update its opening status on its Facebook page. They will monitor the situation, but are hoping for fresh snow on Sunday.
“If the travel state DOT travel map stopped looking like a candy cane and was a little more green on the map, we could move people to the great places we have,” Jensen said. increase.
Summer is the busiest time of year for tourists, but Jensen wants to remind residents that state parks and attractions are open for recreation during the winter.
“Tourism extends our season, so hopefully we wouldn’t be surprised to see our moon, even though our main travel season is in the summer, when many visitors arrive. “It doesn’t go completely to zero, it just decreases slightly in the winter,” says Jensen.
Some of the top winter activity spots Jensen gets inquiries about include Devil’s Lake for ice fishing, Bottineau Winter Park, Huff Hills and Thrill Hills by Fort Ransom State Park.
The North Dakota Tourism Authority reports that July is the month with the most visitors to the state, and while it is active during the summer months, January sees more visitors than May or September. January was his fourth-most-visited month of 2021.
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