February 20

A short line for a short run

Yeah, I know skiing in North Dakota seems strange, especially if you cling to the stereotype of a flat-as-a-pancake myth of North Dakota.  Several ski areas in the state welcome skiers and snowboarders for a fun, light-hearted, fast and inexpensive break from winter’s doldrums.  Take Huff Hills for example, south of Mandan along the Missouri River.  For less money than you probably have in your pocket right now, you can rent skis, use the lifts and get a good workout.

Even if you don’t ski, it’s a good place to hang out and watch the more energetic folks with their colorful winter wear.  The funny thing is, the excitement and the life of Huff Hills is just down the road from the somber mood of the Veteran’s Cemetery. One does not offset the other, but they compliment each other, and they display North Dakota’s multi-faceted culture and social environment.

And oh yeah, if you do decided to set down your hot chocolate and give the quick little runs a try, there are all the accommodations of large mountain ski areas, from the lifts, to the ever-present ski patrol.  (Now THAT’S a job I regret I didn’t try harder to get when I was younger.)

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