The snow is not waiting this year. Neither should those planning the perfect ski escape. Whether it is downhill, cross-country, or on a snowmobile, this South Dakota winter is sure to provide the experience sought by those who enjoy any type of skiing.
With better than average early snowfall, the base is already being established in the western half of South Dakota. The slopes of South Dakota’s two largest ski areas are slowly being buried by the sparkly crystals that comprise the one-of-a-kind Black Hills snow.
“Terry Peak has a very family friendly atmosphere and the fastest lifts around” says Tom Marsing, President and General Manager of Terry Peak Resort. “Most visitors are surprised to find two, high-speed quad chairlifts, and great snow at such an affordable price.”
The summit of Terry Peak stands at 7,076 ft tall, with the highest vertical drop between the Rockies and the Alps. This hidden little resort is the perfect place to enjoy challenging slopes, clear mountain air and down-hill runs through pine covered hills.
Mystic Miner Ski Resort at Deer Mountain is another great getaway. This ski resort boasts a terrain park, blizzard tube park, and sleigh rides. Whatever the skill level, Mystic Miner resort at Deer Mountain provides a variety of terrain. With its proximity to Deadwood, Mystic Miner Ski Resort is the perfect escape for a truly unique South Dakota winter skiing experience.
Great Bear Recreation Park provides the premier location for winter sports in eastern South Dakota. Located between Sioux Falls and Brandon, this ski area has 14 downhill trails, a terrain park, inner-tubing, and trails for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Being located near Sioux Falls, Great Bear provides many dining, lodging, and shopping options along with the winter recreation.
As with skis fixed on the feet, the skis fixed on snowmobiles will find plenty of terrain in both the western and eastern parts of South Dakota. With over 350 miles of trails, The Black Hills remain one of the most unique riding venues in the U.S. The pungent pine forest covered with fine, white snow, leaves riders in a true winter wonderland.
The trails in eastern South Dakota provide a winter escape on rolling prairies. Riders who venture out will experience fast, open terrain and may spot everything from jackrabbits to coyotes along the trail. There are also many points of entry to this trail system, making it easy to find accommodation within riding distance. The larger metropolitan areas of Watertown, Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Yankton, and Vermillion provide riders with dining, lodging, and entertainment during their stay.
South Dakota also provides miles of cross country skiing opportunity. Many of the state parks have trail systems beginning and ending near warming shelters. Each shelter has a wood burning stove and can accommodate up to 30 people. As with skiing and snowmobiling, cross country ski trails can be found statewide.
The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks provide snowmobile and cross country skiing maps in print and online at www.sdgfp.info.
This winter, the snow in South Dakota will only enhance the opportunities for those looking for a winter getaway. From east to west, ski opportunities abound in the land of Great Faces and Great Places. For those looking to book the perfect winter getaway, there is no better place than South Dakota on skies.
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