Cooler weather is on the way after a warm week - and that could mean continued brisk business at Bottineau Winter Park.
The staff says this year's dramatic temperature swings might have led to an increase in the number of those who visit the slopes.
Bonnie Campo has the story.
Every ski, snowboard and tube had been rented Monday afternoon at the Bottineau Lodge-- as more than five-hundred visitors made their way to the Turtle Mountains. For those who were able to play, there was plenty of fun to be had.
(Todd and Kevin Copeland) "Today we're out just enjoying the slopes, and fantastic weather. It's a holiday for us, and so, father son and we thought we would just come out and enjoy a little snow boarding, and a little skiing, Just to get out and do something fun."
That's a trend that carried on since the first snowflakes and bitter winds of Winter began.
(Brad Knudson, General Manager of Winter Park) "Everyday that it's gotten above twenty degrees this year we've got over five hundred people per day. So, there's a lot of people that want to spread this out over the whole year, had we not had the negative temperatures. Numbers are still up with last year, and last year was a very comfortable year, but they come all out in one day. If you come at two o'clock we do have some reduced prices, which you still are going to be pay about thirty, thirty-five dollars to go skiing with equipment, The best thing to do just come up and see what this park is all about is to come up and go tubing, and tubing is twelve dollars for two hours. It's a family event. If you can sit on a chair you can go tubing."
(David and Ethan Rickards) "We'll be here for the full day I'm sure. Not sure if we'll stay right till five o'clock when they close down, but close to it."
Most people chose to get a full-day pass, and that means rentals are very limited. There is some advice if you want to beat the rush.
(Brad Knudson, General Manager of Winter Park) "Saturday's mornings to be here at nine o'clock is your best bet. By one o'clock we are running out of equipment, running out of tubes."
In Bottineau-- Bonnie Campo KXnews.
On average two-hundred and fifty visitors come to the park each day, until activities end in March.