Plenty of snow for skiing in the Black Hills

Skiing is just one of the winter sports you can enjoy in South Dakota during the winter. (Photo by South Dakota Tourism)Some years in South Dakota, downhill skiiers watch the weather reports patiently, hoping that a big snowfall will cover the ski slopes in the Black Hills. Sometimes that one, big snowfall never comes.

This year, Mother Nature delivered a gift in the form of a Christmas blizzard that dumped upwards of 40 inches of snow on both Terry Peak and Deer Mountain, the two main skiing areas in the Hills. That means chest-high powder.

According to a Dec. 29 report in the Rapid City Journal, many people are anxious to take advantage of the conditions:

Once the storm had passed, business picked up. While [Deadwood Chamber of Commerce executive director George] Milos didn’t see much additional traffic Monday, he anticipates an influx of skiers and snowboarders during the remainder of the week.

“The phones have been ringing off the hook, with people calling about where to rent skis, where to get skiing equipment, where to stay,” Milos said. “Let’s just say that the word is out.”

Updated information on ski-slope conditions is available at and

Conditions are also good on the other side of the state at Great Bear Recreation Park in Sioux Falls, where the snow base is a reported 28 inches, much like the base in the Black Hills. You can get information on Great Bear’s conditions at

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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