BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – The calm after the storm will provide many with the perfect conditions for outdoor winter recreation.
It’s hard to see the fun in flurries like this, but North Dakota Tourism’s Mike Jensen says the snow is perfect for many outdoor activities.
“Skiing, cross-country skiing, sledding, fat tire biking, all these activities, snowshoeing, those are the things that really benefit and a really good base for these downhill courses,” Jensen said.
One area that will definitely benefit from the snow is Huff Hills.
“Yes, we’re always happy to see normal winter weather coming and helping everyone get excited about winter sports and reminding them that there are many things to do in North Dakota outside of our traditional summer activities,” said Andrew Beck, mining manager at Huff Hills.
Huff Hills will update its Facebook page with the status of its openings. They will monitor conditions but are hoping for fresh snow on Sunday.
“When the travel state’s DOT travel map stops looking like a candy cane and the map gets a little greener, we can get people to go to the great places that we have,” Jensen said.
While tourism is at an all-time high during the summer months, Jensen likes to remind residents that state parks and attractions are also open for recreation during the winter months.
“Tourism lengthens our season so when we can our peak travel season is when we get a lot of our visitors in the summer months but you wouldn’t be surprised if you look at our month. to-month. It doesn’t go all the way to zero, we’re just seeing a small dip over wintertime,” Jensen said.
Some of the top winter activity spots that Jensen receives requests for are Devils Lake for ice fishing, Bottineau Winter Park, Huff Hills, and Thrill Hills by Fort Ransom State Park.
North Dakota Tourism reports that state visits peak in July and are strong during the summer, but January sees more people than May or September. January was the fourth highest month of visits in 2021.
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