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A friendly, fun-loving city with a great affinity for the outdoors, Bismarck holds the world record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. In February 2007, a total of 8,962 participants showed up on the capitol grounds for the snowy event. While lying in the snow, people waved their arms to create snow angels. The capital of North Dakota, Bismarck got is name in 1873 as a nod to Germany’s “Iron Chancellor” and a hope that Germany would invest in the city’s railroad. Bismarck became a boomtown and boomed even more after gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1874. Today, those beautiful hills are a source of endless ...

A friendly, fun-loving city with a great affinity for the outdoors, Bismarck holds the world record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. In February 2007, a total of 8,962 participants showed up on the capitol grounds for the snowy event. While lying in the snow, people waved their arms to create snow angels. The capital of North Dakota, Bismarck got is name in 1873 as a nod to Germany’s “Iron Chancellor” and a hope that Germany would invest in the city’s railroad. Bismarck became a boomtown and boomed even more after gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1874. Today, those beautiful hills are a source of endless outdoor adventure. Located in the buttes on the western banks of the Missouri River, Huff Hills Ski Area is the largest downhill ski area in North Dakota, with a vertical drop of 450 feet. Huff Hills has 80 skiable acres and 16 runs with the longest about 3,600 feet. Two lifts have a capacity of about 1,600 per hour. A relative newcomer, Huff Hills opened in January 1993. Cross-country skiing is another popular winter sport in Bismarck with more than 3,000 acres of public parks providing walking trails and opportunities to ski.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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    December through February