This was originally scheduled Martin Luther King, Jr. day but has been moved to Presidents Day Weekend.
Ski at Lake Metigoshe State Park (8.5 miles of marked/groomed trails - rolling hills and forest, ski rentals, warming house, cabin rentals) and Turtle Mountain Provincial Park (loops of 4, 9, 13, and 15 km).
Some could do it as a day trip and ski Lake Metigoshe (rentals available) and others could stay overnight and go on to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park (passport required, no rentals). When RSVPing, post whether you want to do one or both days and if you are interested in carpooling.
Day 1 - Leave Bismarck early AM
Ski Lake Metigoshe State Park trails. Rentals available and people can choose loops of varying distances. Bring a sack lunch to eat in the park. http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/maps/parks/lmsp_main_map.pdf
Eat an early supper at the A-Frame, a rural restaurant near the park.
Some return to Bismarck, others stay overnight.
Quilt Inn & Suites, 1/2 mile from park entrance, http://www.quiltinn-lakemetigoshe.com/. I've stayed here several times, rather bare bones, but fine.
Twin Oaks Resort, across the road from the Quilt Inn, http://twinoaksresort.net/index.php
Additional hotels in Bottineau, but not as convenient, more driving back and forth
There may be a lot of snowmobilers in the Turtle Mountains this weekend, so get your hotel room early.
Day 2 (optional) - Head to Canada!
Ski the 13 or 15 km loop in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks/pdf/maps/2011_12_winter_maps/winter_turtle_mountain.pdf
Description from Manitoba Parks: "Ski under a canopy of trees at Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. These trails are double tracked and have a completely different feel from the single-track typically found in parks. Attractions in the park include the gently rolling hills and the excellent wildlife viewing."
Have lunch in Boissevain, north of the park. Boissevain is the first Canadian town on this highway. It has been known for murals on its buildings. They were created to attract American tourists visiting the International Peace Gardens. Many people, particularly when it was easier to cross the border, wanted to drive a little further into Canada and feel like they had seen something, hence the Boissevain murals.
Ski one of the shorter loops in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.
Return to Bismarck.