Terry Peak And Deadwood A Winning Combination

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Midwest skiers looking to combine a ski trip with a little casino action don't have to go all the way to the Lake Tahoe area to find the combination. Look no further than the Black Hills of South Dakota where you have skiing and riding at Terry Peak, with the Heartland's largest vertical drop at 1,100 feet, and plenty of casino action in the nearby infamous town of Deadwood.

Terry Peak also accepts the Indy Ski Pass, which means you can get two-and-half days of skiing at the Peak, and enjoy some fun filled nights in any of the casinos located in nearby Deadwood. It's an easy 12 mile drive from the town up to the ski area.

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 offering 30 runs—some up to two miles long—a freestyle terrain park, five lifts with three high-speed quads. There are runs for all levels of skiers including some expert glades. They routinely ski and ride into April.

The Indy Pass, which focuses on independently owned ski areas, 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.

Infamous Deadwood is a wild west time capsule. Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried here. It's known for its gaming action with 22-some casinos lining the streets of the historic western town. Wild Bill was killed during a poker game. The town, which is less then 20 minutes from the ski area, offers some enticing lodging packages starting from around $50 per night for two people. 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.

Deadwood's famed Pub Crawl and St. Patrick's Celebration weekend takes place March 14-16.

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Heartland Ski Resorts Celebrating Significant Milestones

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No less than seven Heartland ski areas are celebrating significant milestones this season. All have been in business at least 65 years and a couple started 85 years ago, according to the International Skiing History Association.

Pine Mountain in Michigan's UP and Wisconsin’s Wilmot Mountain, near Chicago, both opened in 1938. Wilmot has arguably produced more Midwest skiers than any other ski hill in the Heartland. Terry Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota was the first ski resort to open in the Midwest. It opened two years earlier in 1936 followed closely by Granite Peak in the Badger State and the Wolverine State's Caberfae in 1937.

A decade later Wisconsin’s Mont Du Lac, Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota and Boyne Mountain in Michigan all opened in 1948. The Mountain also brought the first chairlift to the Midwest. Both are celebrating 75 years of hosting heartland skiers.

In 1958 Wisconsin’s Tyrol Basin and Michigan's Nubs Nob opened and are celebrating 65 years this season.

Midwest skiing has a long proud history. It’s developed at a pace with the rest of the country. Heartland ski areas have attitude and terrain to match, and these eight ski areas and resorts are great examples of the regions diversity. You don’t have to go far to find skiing and riding across this broad region. It’s been around for a few decades. An added bonus for Heartland skiers is that many of the ski areas also offer night skiing, which you don't find at many western ski resorts.

There are over 120 ski areas scattered across the Heartlands with the most grouped around the Great Lakes states. Michigan has the most ski areas with a little over 40 followed by 30 in Wisconsin and 19 in Minnesota. Michigan's Mount Bohemia in Michigan's UP was recently voted as the top ski resort in the United States by USA Today readers in it's annual poll.

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Indy Pass Best Midwest Ski Pass For Multiple Resorts

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For Heartland skiers and snowboarders that like visiting multiple resorts during the ski season the Indy Pass is your best choice. Many of the 26 Midwest ski areas and resorts included with this year's pass are located near each other, which presents an excellent opportunity for several multi-day road trips across the Heartland.

The Indy Pass went back on sale earlier this month. You have to sign up on a wait list to be contacted, but after signing up on the list it doesn't take long to be contacted to purchase a pass for the 2023/24 ski season.

 Many buy a season pass for convenience at a ski area near them that they enjoy skiing or riding, which is fine. If you like to visit a variety of ski areas throughout the season rather than just staying with one you might consider purchasing the Indy Pass, which offers the most choices of any multiple ski area pass in the Midwest. It's good at 26 ski areas scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, South Dakota, and one in Thunder Bay, Ontario just across the border.

 The pass is currently on sale $399 for adults and $199 children (12 and under) for the regular Indy Pass that does have blackout dates at some of the areas. The Indy+ Pass is $499 adults and $249 children with no blackout dates. The pass is good for two free days of skiing or snowboarding at each ski area and 25% off the daily rate for a third day on the slopes. Passholders will be mailed an RFID-enabled Indy Pass with a photo for a $10 fee. It gives you direct-to-lift access at select Indy resorts, and expedited lift ticket pick-up at all Indy resorts.

Many ski areas are grouped within easy driving distance of each other, which means you can take road trips to visit two or three different resorts on one trip. There are trips like that in northwestern Lower Michigan, Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin and Minnesota around the Great Lakes. The Indy Pass is good at two of the Heartland's largest ski resorts, Granite Peak, at 700 feet, in the Badger State, and Terry Peak, over a 1,000 feet, in South Dakota's Black Hills, and one of the most scenic Chestnut Mountain overlooking the Mississippi River in Illinois.

It's also good at around 70 other ski areas across the Lower 48, which means it’s easier than ever to road trip west or east as well.

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Will South Dakota's Deer Mountain Reopen?

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The last post I put on SnoCountry about South Dakota's Deer Mountain was in October 2021 that it planned, with new owners, reopening for the winter 2022/23. It never happened.

Now a post I found on AZ Animals.com says that the owner, Keating Resources, which bought the closed ski area in 2017 as I reported in the above post It is still working on developing a 150-acre winter sports venue with a focus on snow tubing runs, not skiing. They also plan on putting in a massive Mountain Biking Park that will operate all year long. According to the report they hope to open it July 4 this coming summer, which is a tall order considering the time span.

They plan on using some of the old Deer Mountain ski lifts to get the mountain bikers up the mountain, and adding new trails and features to accommodate a variety of mountain bike skills. They can also use many of the old resort's 44 ski trails. It will have trails available for all skill levels from novice to expert.

Keating Resources, located in Atkinson, Nebraska, investing in real estate in Florida, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska, feels the new bike park will attract between 5,000 and 10,000 bikers per year to the Black Hills. They are also selling 200 improved, one to three acre mountainside home lots. No mention was made of reopening skiing, and if it were to reopen it most likely be for Deer Mountain Village residents.

Deer Mountain, which opened over 50 years ago became a popular ski area, along with its nearby neighbor Terry Peak that opened in 1936. The Mountain had an 850-foot vertical. There are over 400 miles of snowmobile and ATV trails, fly fishing in Spearfish Creek. The well known Deadwood, which offers gaming and entertainment, is nearby. The Black Hills offer the highest peaks, over 7,200 feet, between the Rockies and Alps in Europe.

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Midwest Indy Pass Holders Have Until March 21 To Purchase 23/24 Pass On Sale

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It's just been announced that the Indy Pass for 2023/24 is currently on sale through March 21, but only for current and former passholders. The adult base price is $279 and the Indy + Pass is $379 for zero blackout days, according to press release from Doug Fish.

I wrote in an October post, “The Indy Pass for Heartland skiers and riders, with the new ski areas that have joined, is a great choice. Many of the ski areas and resorts are located near each other, which presents an excellent opportunity for several multi-day road trips across the Heartland.”

If you didn't purchase a pass for this ski season the best you can hope for now is to be placed on a waitlist to reserve access to passes before the general public. The waitlist can be joined on the website, according to the press release. The waitlist member opportunity begins on March 24 and ends six days later on March 30. General public sales begin on April 1 if any passes are available at that time.

The popularity of the Indy Ski Pass, according to Fish, led to restrictions being placed on the number of passes to be sold for next season.

“Our passholders choose the pass because it offers access to a fantastic lineup of independent resorts with less crowded slopes. As we grow the last thing we want to do is overwhelm the resorts and ruin the experience for their guests.”

Many Midwesterners buy a season pass for convenience at a ski area near them that they enjoy skiing or riding. If you like to visit a variety of ski areas throughout the season rather than just staying with one you considered purchasing the Indy Pass, which offered the most choices of any multiple ski area pass in the Midwest. It's good at 30 ski areas scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and South Dakota.

It's good at three of the Heartland's largest ski resorts, Lutsen Mountains, near a 900 foot vertical in the Gopher State, Granite Peak, at 700 feet, in the Badger State, and Terry Peak, over a 1,000 feet, in South Dakota's Black Hills.

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The Indy Pass Is An Excellent Choice For Midwestern Skiers

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The Indy Pass for Heartland skiers and riders, with the new ski areas that have joined, is a great choice. Many of the ski areas and resorts are located near each other, which presents an excellent opportunity for several multi-day road trips across the Heartland.

Many buy a season pass for convenience at a ski area near them and that they enjoy skiing or riding, which is fine. If you like to visit a variety of ski areas throughout the season rather than just staying with one you might consider purchasing the Indy Pass, which offers the most choices of any multiple ski area pass in the Midwest. It's good at 30 ski areas scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and South Dakota.

Several of the ski areas are grouped within easy driving distance of each other, which means you can take road trips to visit two or three different resorts over a week long trip. There are trips like that in northwestern Lower Michigan, Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin and Minnesota around the Great Lakes. The Indy Pass is also good at three of the Heartland's largest ski resorts, Lutsen Mountains, near a 900 foot vertical in the Gopher State, Granite Peak, at 700 feet, in the Badger State, and Terry Peak, over a 1,000 feet, in South Dakota's Black Hills.

The pass is currently on sale through November at $329 for adults and $149 children for the regular Indy Pass that does have blackout dates at some of the areas. The Indy+ Pass is $429 adults and $199 children with no blackout dates. The pass is good for two free days of skiing or snowboarding at each ski area and 25% off the daily rate for a third day on the slopes. Once your Indy Pass has been registered you simply go to the ticket window, get your lift ticket with your driver's license or photo ID for each day you wish to ski or ride.

For Midwest road trips it doesn't get any easier to combine ski areas for easy access and multiple days of skiing and riding. Of course it is also good at 70 other ski areas across the Lower 48, which means it’s easier than ever to maximize both your turns and your season.

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Indy Pass A Good Option For Midwest Skiers And Riders

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It's that time of year when the 2022/23 season passes are going on sale, and at the lowest price point before they start going up in a month or two. If you are a season pass holder now is the time to think about renewing, and if not maybe you want to consider your best option for next winter.

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Indy Pass Road Trip To Terry Peak and Deadwood South Dakota

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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.

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Female Snowsports Clinics Being Held Across Midwest

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Over the next few weeks, seven Midwest ski areas are hosting women’s ski and snowboard clinics. Three ski areas are located in Minnesota, two in Ohio, and one each in Missouri and South Dakota. A chance to learn a new winter sport or brush up on your technique before a western spring trip, or just enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded women each week during ski season.

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Several Midwest Ski Areas Celebrate Milestones This Season

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No less than nine Heartland ski areas are celebrating significant milestones this year. All have been in business at least 60 years and one started 85 years ago, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

 

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South Dakota's Deer Mountain Ski Resort Plans To Reopen Next Year

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Deer Mountain Ski Resort, aka Mystic Miner Ski Resort, which closed in 2017 after 50 years of operation, has been sold and is planning on reopening in December next year, according to an announcement by the new owners Keating Resources. The ski area was shut down amid bankruptcy proceedings four years ago.

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Holidays Busy At Midwest Ski Areas Expect More Filled Slopes

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The holidays were busy at ski areas across the Midwest from the Black Hills to the Great Lakes with many hitting capacities. Most expect the same experience to occur over the upcoming Martin Luther King (MLK) weekend this month and with a combination of Valentine's and President's Day weekend next month. Plan ahead for lift tickets.

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Two More Multiple Resort Ski Passes For Midwest Resorts

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As you consider pass purchases for the coming Midwest ski season the Indy Pass and the Midwest Gold Card offer you access to several Heartland ski areas.

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Skiing And Gaming In The Black Hills; A Heartland Package

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Heartland snow sports enthusiasts don’t have to fly to Lake Tahoe to mix a little gaming and skiing or enjoy the enticing lodging packages that you find there because of the casinos. Just head to Terry Peak and South Dakota’s famed Black Hills.

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South Dakota Ski Resort Back On Market

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A 440-acre ski resort in the Black Hills of South Dakota is again up for sale two years after it was shut down amid bankruptcy proceedings. The owners of the former Mystic Miner Ski Resort at Deer Mountain say they’ve cleaned up the property, made repairs and upgraded a water system serving residences near the resort, according to a story in the Rapid City Journal

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Midwest Ski Areas Hit Significant Milestones In 2016

Mt. HollyTerry Peak, South Dakota, opened in 1936, and celebrates 80 years this year. It opened the same year as Sun Valley in the west and Bromley Mountain in the east, both credited with kicking off the North American ski resort industry. Terry Peak, with a 1,100-foot vertical drop, largest in the Heartland, offers true mountain skiing. Located in the Black Hills, it tops out near 7,000 feet.  

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Terry Peak Expansion Moving Ahead In South Dakota

Terry Peak updates progress (Terry Peak)The Heartland’s tallest ski area, Terry Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota, continues to slowly move ahead with the Wharf Expansion Project, a partnership with Gold Corp the owner of Wharf Gold Mine that sits just below Inferno.

 

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Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana Ski Areas Make Improvements; Emphasis On Tubing

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Ski areas across Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana have been busy making improvements for the new season, which is off to fast start with the current cold snap settling across the Heartland.

 

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Lift Served Mountain Biking In The Midwest; Find It At Five Resorts

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Lift served mountain biking takes place at many western and eastern ski areas and is a popular summer draw for customers. Heartland mountain bikers aren’t so lucky, but there are five ski areas offering lift availability in the Midwest.

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Two New High-Speed Lifts Being Installed In Midwest

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The Heartland’s newest high-speed lifts are being installed at Wisconsin’s Granite Peak Ski Area and Terry Peak Ski Area in the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

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