They stand tall, these two mountains just southwest of Lead-Deadwood, SD. Up to 7,076 feet — tall enough to gather in the pure Western snows from the storm clouds blowing from Wyoming.
On average, about 150 inches of snow falls at the Black Hills’ ski mountains annually. That’s about 13 feet of “white gold.” With a little luck, we’re skiing by Thanksgiving at Ski Mystic Deer Mountain and nearby Terry Peak Ski Area. The snowpack continues to deepen until March or early April.
Among the appeal which draws customers from a seven-state region is the mild weather. Average daytime high temp for winter days is 26 degrees. Other draws to the Black Hills include the big verticals … some of the highest skiing you’ll find between the Rockies and New England. Third, they’re uncrowded. The lifts can move thousands of skiers per hour so there’s seldom much waiting in a lift line.
The thousands of acres of Black Hills National Forest are a great place to glide through the fresh powder of a Black Hills snow — but not on a pair of skis or the back of a snowmobile. How about high-stepping on a pair of snowshoes?