BISMARCK (AP) - North Dakota had record snowfalls in December and the state's tourism agency has come up with lots of ways to enjoy winter there. They include:
Marked and groomed snowmobile trails, 1,800 miles of 'em; details at (www.snowmobilend.org).
Four downhill ski and snowboard areas: Bottineau Winter Park (www.skibwp.com), Bear's Den at Fort Ransom (www.skibearsden.com), Huff Hills at Mandan (www.huffhills.com) and Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area at Walhalla(www.frostfireskiarea.com).
Cross-country ski trails, with some of the best in North Dakota's state parks and even on golf courses: (www.parkrec.nd.gov/
Sledding: Sledding hills at Turtle River State Park and Camp of the Cross near Lake Metigoshe; dog-sledding at Prairie Isle Dog Trekking and Paw'tastic Dog Sledding at Binford (www.prairieisle.googlepages.com).
Ice-fishing: For northern pike and walleye at Devils Lake, Lake Sakakawea, Lake Audubon and Lake Meti-goshe, among other places (www.gf.nd.gov/fishing).
Forts: Events recalling prairie winter days, pioneer-style, at Totten, Union, Buford, Abraham Lincoln and Abercrombie forts; (www. history.nd.gov/historicsites).
Parks: Snowshoeing, wildlife and winter scenery at places like Cross Ranch State Park, where you can see ice flowing by on the Missouri River (www.parkrec.nd.gov).
International Peace Garden, U.S.-Canadian border, near Dunseith; (www.peacegarden.com).
For more information, visit (www.NDtourism.com) or 800-435-5663.