Frost Fire Mountain, located along the beautiful Pembina River Gorge near the North Dakota/Canadian border, is the Heartland's farthest north ski area. It serves skiers from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Grand Forks, and Fargo in North Dakota. Located in the Valley of the Gods (Walhalla), Frost Fire drops 350 feet down the beautiful hillsides of the river gorge.
They don't get a lot of snow here, but it does get cold. It's on the flyway for the Siberian Express as it blows down into the Lower 48. The ski area can assure good conditions from mid-December to mid-March with its full snowmaking coverage.
Frost Fire has 10 trails carved through an old oak forest, and a terrain park complete with rails, tabletops, curbs, fun boxes, and a halfpipe. They have two chairlifts and lines can be long on busy weekends. Midweek you will have it to yourself.
The ridge line provides scenic views of the river valley, where tree-lined trails stream down to the old wooden base lodge at the bottom of the gorge. The lodge can be packed on cold weekend days. Have a bowl of beer-cheese soup, a local favorite, while you wait for a seat. It will warm you up.
There are ski and snowboard rentals, a ski school, and a nursery school. But, you won't find a ski shop within 100 miles. Since the population of the whole state is around a half-million - remember the movie Fargo? - Walhalla is predictably tiny. It's a day-trip area.