Jan 12, 2012 at 02:28 pm
Winter sports lovers in Deadwood and the northern Black Hills got a nice gift from Mother Nature on Wednesday — 8 inches or more of new snow fell overnight, blanketing the region’s snowmobile trials, ski resorts and cross-country ski areas with a fresh coat of powder.
Wednesday’s snowfall comes at an opportune time, three days before the start of the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Deadwood, the entertainment capital of the region, is a popular destination for the winter sports enthusiasts, especially on holiday weekends.
Just outside Deadwood are two downhill ski resorts. Terry Peak Ski Area reported 6-8 inches of new snow. Nearby at Ski Mystic at Deer Mountain, about 8 inches of new snow fell overnight. The latest powder drop is a welcome addition, bringing the season’s snowfall total to 68 inches, nearly 6 feet, at Terry Peak.
The Black Hills’ 350 miles of snowmobile trails got a boost from the recent snowfall as well, receiving up to 7 inches of new powder overnight. The wind that came with the snow benefits the trail system, said Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trails Manager for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks. After the trails are groomed, snow drifts in to the low-lying trail track, putting more powder on top of the packed snow.
Before Wednesday’s snowstorm, snowmobile trails throughout the Black Hills were in good to poor condition, with multiple bare spots throughout the system. George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, expects snow enthusiasts to follow the snow to the Black Hills this weekend.