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In the Snow

With a community culture that embraces its beautiful surroundings and changing seasons, it’s no surprise you’ll find the best days in Bemidji are often snow days. Recognized as the Snowmobile Capital of the North by Minnesota Monthly, and home to endless recreations, sporting events and winter festivals, winter fun is happening every week in the northwoods of Bemidji!

snowmobiling Bemidji

Unmatched scenic beauty, excellent grooming, and an abundant number of trails–so many, the saying here is “Bemidji’s got more trails than you’ve got time!”



Cross Country Skier Magazine made this distinction… “Bemidji is one of the most attractive areas to ski in the United States.”

Cross-Country Skiing


Avid Bemidji fisherman find winter walleye success on most larger lakes in the area, and panfish active this time of year on many smaller lakes.

Ice Fishing


Nothing screams fun like tubing down the Bemidji snow covered hills! It’s fast, takes minimal skills, and doesn’t require any expensive equipment.

Snow Tubing

snowshoeing Bemidji itasca

Enjoy a beautiful snowshoeing trek at either of Bemidji’s two area state parks – Lake Bemidji and Itasca State Parks.


BSU Hockey beavers Bemidji

The 59-year history of Bemidji State University’s men’s hockey distinguishes the BSU Beavers among the greatest collegiate sports programs.

BSU Hockey Event

Finlandia cross country ski event

Known as “The Nordic Festival of the North,” the Finlandia is a premier North American cross-country ski event that has been held in Bemidji since 1982.

Finlandia Event


Held the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Night We Light festival rings in the start of the holiday season with a parade filled with illuminated floats.

Night We Light Event

curling club Bemidji

On a Sunday afternoon, January 13, 1935, near the end of the Great Depression, the Bemidji Curling Club was organized at a meeting at the Tourist Information Building.



One of the favored spots to enjoy a crisp, beautiful winter Bemidji day is at Buena Vista Village, the area’s premier winter recreation center where visitors can enjoy both downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, as well as an authentic sleigh ride – all overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the Continental Divide.

Buena Vista Village

ice boat zip just about anything on ice

Just about anything you can think of doing on ice or in the snow to test one’s winter mettle is considered game (and fun!) in Bemidji!

Just about Anything on Ice

buena vista sleigh ride

For the sheer romance, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy countryside of Buena Vista. Larger group sled tours are available, too!

Sleigh Rides

ice skating visit Bemidji

Outdoor skating rinks can be enjoyed at Bemidji’s Nymore Park and City Park. Each features a warming house that serves both the hockey and pleasure rinks.

Ice Skating


When a city is recognized as a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” snow drifts do not keep Bemidji riders from getting out on two wheels!

Winter Biking