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Plenty of good skiing at Terry Peak

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For my third birthday I wanted to go downhill skiing. While I don’t recall this, I obviously figured out at a very young age that skiing is a lot of fun. I’ve been skiing ever since. I was also lucky enough to grow up in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, so I often went skiing at resorts such as Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. I guess you could say that I was spoiled.

Since moving here, I have been very impressed with the Black Hills. Although they are not as big as their neighbors to the west, they have a lot of recreational opportunities to offer.  I finally headed up to Terry Peak a few days ago to check it out.

snowboards 250Mystic Miner Ski Resort at Deer Mountain. Terry Peak operates the highest chairlifts east of the Rockies and sits on the second tallest peak in the Black Hills at an elevation of nearly 7,100 feet. The resort is located southwest of Lead off U.S. Highway 85 and 14A. A large Terry Peak billboard helps point out the turnoff at Nevada Gulch Road. There are two lodges. The lower one in Nevada Gulch houses the Darkhorse Saloon where there is often live music, and the main upper lodge is called Stewart Lodge. Stewart Lodge has ticket booths and rental area, a cafeteria and bar.

Upon arrival, I was instantly impressed by the friendliness of the staff. Every staff member I interacted with was helpful and outgoing. Although there were quite a few people on the slopes, there was no line at the ski lift. So I stood and chatted with the lift operator for a few moments, asking his advice for the best runs. He recommended the terrain park and a couple of runs with moguls.

I’m not really into jumps, but I checked out the terrain park anyway. It was huge, much larger then I thought it would be. It had rails, jumps, and boxes, and they were in the process of building a half-pipe of considerable size. A speaker attached to a tree was pumping out music, and kids in bright colored snow pants and jackets were flying off jumps and rails all around me.

Lone skier 300I left the terrain park to scope out the rest of the mountain. After several runs of moguls, a few intermediate runs and some advanced runs, I was pretty impressed overall with downhill skiing in the Black Hills. While there were no alpine bowls or huge vertical drops, there was still plenty to keep me entertained. The views were great, the slopes weren’t crowded, there were no lift lines, and there was a variety of terrain to ski.

I’ll be going to Terry Peak again, as well as the neighboring ski slope of Mystic Miner. With both less then half an hour away from where I live, I guess you could say I’m spoiled.