10 Best Apres Ski Activities in North Dakota

By Alli Hill

10 Best Apres Ski Activities in North Dakota

Taking a ski trip to North Dakota isn’t just about coasting down the slopes. In fact, most might argue that skiing is just the beginning. There are tons of activities in and around the ski resorts in North Dakota for when your muscles have had enough. These 10 best apres ski activities in North Dakota are the perfect complement to your ski vacation, so take advantage and make the most of your experience. 

Go tubing at Frost Fire Park

If you’re done with shredding the mountain at Frost Fire Ski & Snowboard Area but still want to cash in on the winter weather, head to the tubing park for a different downhill thrill. Their tubing park is perfect for kids and adults alike, with 600-foot lanes to keep you coasting ‘til your heart’s content. 

Go snowmobiling at Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area

This traveler’s hot spot is popular year-round, but winter gives you a completely different way to experience it. Right in Frost Fire’s backyard, there are over 2,800 acres of public land, ideal for adventure seekers who aren’t quite ready to get out of the cold.

Mix and mingle at Jackson’s Bar

Check out a lively scene at nearby Jackson’s Bar. This local bar is the best in town with a huge beer and cocktail selection and a food menu. They’re also known as the live music spot in the city.  

Warm up at the Lodge at Huff Hills Ski Area

No ski resort is complete without a lodge, but the one here will make you want to stay awhile. Grab a warm spot near the stone fireplace before diving into a hot lunch or hot chocolate while you reconnect with your group. Their homemade chili will hit the spot after a long day on the slopes.

Grab a brew at Mandan Depot Bier Hall

There’s nothing like a refreshing beer that brings a day of skiing at Huff Hills Ski Area to a positive end. The Mandan Depot Bier Hall is the best place in the area to gather with friends and family over a pint. They have a huge selection of German board games, along with traditional polka music and delicious German fare that makes this place as authentic as the bier halls in Germany. 

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Challenge your friends at Powerhouse/501 Bar & Grill

The slopes at Huff Hills aren’t the only places where bets are made (and won!). Head to Powerhouse for a game of pool or darts and try your luck with their casino-style games like Black Jack. They also have some of the best burgers and wings in town, so be sure to bring your appetite.

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Soothe your muscles at Broadway Centre Spa and Salon

Not all après ski activities have to be social. Sometimes, you have to focus on yourself, especially when it comes to soothing aching skiing muscles. Head to Broadway Centre Spa and Salon after a day at Huff Hills for a massage, facial or other treatment that will help you feel in tiptop shape.

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Check out Lam’s Lanes

After a heart-pumping day of intense skiing at Bottineau Winter Park, keep the momentum going and head to Lam’s Lanes in Newburg. This small-town bowling alley is a charming place to stay warm and socialize while competing to knock down the pins on one of the four lanes. Head to Lam’s for X-treme bowling, where you’ll get a groovy light show and funky music to jam to.

Enjoy a friendly get-together at Dog House Saloon

If you’ve had enough thrills and chills for the day at Bottineau Winter Park, head inside this cozy saloon to warm up and relax. Similar to America’s favorite fictional bar "Cheers" in terms of friendliness and service, you can expect a hot meal, bar drinks, pool, and other entertainment. Check their daily specials for deals on food. 

Get a meal with a view at KC’s Dockside Bar & Grill

Near Bottineau Winter Park, this is the local’s favorite watering hole year-round, and for good reason. They have a full bar and food menu that will have you licking your chops. Live musical performances are no stranger to KC’s, so you can look forward to a lively night full of delicious food, fantastic drinks, and engaging company when you visit.

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