If cross-country skiing is on your mind, put one of the Pugs® cool beanies on your head. One size fits most, and it comes in the most trendy colors. Plus, you can count on its fur-lined brim to keep your furrowed brows warm when you hit North Dakota’s many trails. Of course you’ll need a pair of nitrile foam dipped, abrasion resistant, form-fitting gloves to hold on to those ski poles too. And if it's a really sunny day, pack your wrap-around, polarized shades as well.
Once you’ve got your winter sports gear loaded into the SUV, you might want to visit a handful of our preferred cross-country ski trails. So we’ve put together a short list of five locations worth talking over with your buds. They are Turtle River State Park, Cross Ranch State Park, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Icelandic State Park and the Lake Metigoshe State Park Loop.
We picked the parks because cross-country skiers can always count on the roads going into and out of those recreational areas to be maintained. Plus, the cost of admission is low and there are typically other amenities available on site, like cross-country ski rentals, primitive cabins, outdoor charcoal grills, snowshoe rentals and public restrooms. We should also mention that one of the parks won the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award for 2014. Can you guess which one?
Okay, we’ll tell you. It’s Fort Abraham Lincoln. The park may only have a little over 6-miles of trails to explore, but they sure are fun to travel on during the winter months. Granted, there isn’t a lot of elevation to speak of, but that makes them perfect for beginners and families. Oh, and by the way, the park has a coffee shop on site too. So you can grab a cup of java and warm up after cross-country skiing.
To learn more about North Dakota’s winter sports trails and our latest Pugs® offerings, please check back with us often. We also welcome reading comments from cross-country skiers on our blog. So feel free to chime in anytime with a few trail recommendations of your own.