Originally Posted by xdog1
I would've put this in "Resorts...", but with the ghost town this place has been as of late, I figured it would likely only be seen here.
I just passed through SD, the Deadwood area, on a roadtrip. I spied 2 ski areas up in the Black Hills. Deer Mountain, and Terry Peak.
Now I was pretty surprised, I talk skiing with just about anyone who'll listen, and I've never heard either of these names uttered.
Anyone ever been there? I'm intrigued.
I spent a week skiing at Terry Peak in the seventies. It was over x-mas and their was a snow drought in Jackson Hole (completely bare), so my family grabbed a slopeside condo at Terry Peak and we made the best of it. They had a ton of snow and from what I remember, Terry Peak was a nice little area. Good verticle, fun. They had a large beginner area by the lodge that was isolated from the rest of the mountain and my parents liked that because they could let my sister and I ski on our own while they explored the rest of the place. Looking at the map now, I'd guess it was the Stewart lift on the far right. Our lodge and restaurant were right there.http://www.terrypeak.com/trailmap.asp
I don't remember the grade as I was a pretty young guy at the time, but I did ski the whole area. I seem to remember that the lifts were painted an ugly blue. I've talked to management/owners at ski shows in Minneapolis in recent years and they are super people. Looking at the map, they've made some major improvements, looks like nice lifts.
I'd like to stop through one of these years and grab another day at the Peak. Definetely worth a stopover if driving the 90 corridor and for me it would jog some childhood memories.