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Indy Pass Road Trip To Terry Peak and Deadwood South Dakota

Terry-Peak-view-from-top-of-mountain The view from the top of Terry Peak and the Black Hills of South Dakota

A unique opportunity for Midwest Indy Pass holders is to take advantage of a couple of days skiing at Terry Peak, the Midwest's tallest ski area, and add some gaming fun at the many casinos in nearby Deadwood.

The Indy Pass is good for two free days of skiing or snowboarding at the Peak and 25% off the daily rate for a third day on the slopes. Focusing on independently owned ski areas, the pass is accepted at 20 different locations across the Heartland. Once your Indy Pass has been registered you can go to the ticket window and get your lift ticket with your driver's license or photo ID each day you wish to ski or ride.

Located in the Black Hills, which top out around 7,200 feet, it's the tallest mountain range between the Rockies and Europe's Alps. Terry Peak is true mountain skiing with a vertical drop over 1,100 feet, it offers 28 runs—some up to two miles long—a freestyle terrain park, four chairlifts with three high-speed quads and a surface tow. There are runs for all levels of skiers including some expert glades. They routinely ski and ride into April.

Infamous Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried here, is known for its gaming action with 80-some casinos lining the streets of the historic western town. Wild Bill was killed during a poker game. The town, which is less then a 20-minute drive from the ski area, offers some enticing lodging packages starting from the mid-$60s per person, per night. The packages are designed to entice gamblers, but you don't have to give it all back at the tables. Hit the slopes during the day and the tables at night for a unique experience. Enjoy some western hospitality in the Heartland. You won't find this opportunity elsewhere mid-America.

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