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Ski Areas in SD

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
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.
post #2 of 13
What ever happened to the "notorious spag"? Wasn't he SSD at Terry Peak?
For that matter, where's Robin? weren't they buddies?
post #3 of 13
I have a freind who lives 5 miles from Terry Peak. HE is a Tahoe native who just ended up there. He likes it. Teaching his son to ski there. He tells me its a great place to Mountain bike in the summer

MTT
post #4 of 13
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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.

nate
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by SLATZ
What ever happened to the "notorious spag"? Wasn't he SSD at Terry Peak?
For that matter, where's Robin? weren't they buddies?
Spag was SSD at TP. Don't know if he still is there. I talk to Robin every once in a while. He is living in Angel Fire and he taught part-time at Red River.
post #6 of 13
I remember talking to a young lady on line once and she told me that the water for snowmaking comes from a well. I thought that that was unusual.

Spent a summer on Pine Ridge Resevation before Wounded Knee - beautiful wilderness.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by paul jones
I remember talking to a young lady on line once and she told me that the water for snowmaking comes from a well. I thought that that was unusual.
Most ski areas use well water to fill those ponds from which they pull water for the snowguns.
post #8 of 13
Wish those two guys would check in.
Spag used to give reports from Sturgis too.
post #9 of 13
There are three ski areas in South Dakota. Terry Peak and Deer Mountain are near Rapid City, and near Sioux Falls is an area called Great Bear. As far as I know, Spag is still at Terry Peak. Robin was quite active on the various boards until he left the SSD job at Eldora, it seems to me anyway.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Nice, I've got a friend out that way in Piedmont, I'm gonna have to go and hit those one day. I love those quirky little hills.
post #11 of 13
Kneale,

I never knew that. Around here there is plenty of water in the streams. Killington taps into a reservoir fed by streams. There are streams on the mountain that fill ponds for snowmaking. When there is a melt they fill up again.
post #12 of 13
Terry Peak is where I learned to ski about 25 years ago. I haven't been back there in years, but it is a fun place to ski. Consistent vertical pitch on the runs and a down home feel. I would like to get back myself but it is a long way from where I live now.
post #13 of 13

ski magazine article....

about Terry Peak.

http://www.skimag.com/skimag/travel/...327100,00.html

Black Hills are very cool; lived there for two years but now find myself stuck in Tennessee. There are many places that claim to be the "gateway to the West" but Rapid City and the Black Hills would seem to have as legit a claim as anywhere else.
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