Bear's Den Ski Resort

Bear's Den Ski Resort is permanently closed.

Bear's Den Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of North Dakota in USA. The resort is in the town of Fort Ransom, ND.

Bear's Den is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Bear's Den Ski Resort.

Bear's Den Lodging:

Bear's Den Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Bear's Den has a total of 8 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Bear's Den is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 30 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 12 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
30(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Bear's Den Ski Resort Elevation

Bear's Den Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,190 feet, or 363 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 900 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 290 feet (88 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Bear's Den has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,190'(363 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
290'(88 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
900'(274 m)

Bear's Den Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
31.9out of 100
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Bear's Den can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Bear's Den has 30 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Bear's Den is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 25% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 75%.
25%(8 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(15 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
25%(8 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Bear's Den Ski Resort good for beginners?

Bear's Den can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Bear's Den Ski Resort Location

Bear's Den Ski Resort is located in the state of North Dakota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Fort Ransom, ND.

Fort Ransom, ND 58033 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.53000, -97.95000

Getting to Bear's Den Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Bear's Den Ski Resort), its coordinates of 46.53000, -97.95000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Fort Ransom, ND to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Bear's Den.

Jamestown Regional AirportJMSJamestown, ND44 mi
Hector International AirportFARFargo, ND60 mi
Aberdeen Regional AirportABRAberdeen, SD78 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Bear's Den Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Bear's Den Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance

Bear's Den Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,190 ft
Base Elevation900 ft
Vertical Drop290 ft
(25% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  25% Expert)
Skiable Acres30
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Bear's Den Ski Resort Mountain Stats