December 2008

22 Dec

Dec 22, 2008 at 02:27 pm

With the snow in the air, calls abound about snow conditions in the Black Hills. Here are a couple of Webcam links that can shed some light on the great snow conditions this winter!

Trailshead Lodge, Highway 85, 20 miles southwest of Deadwood

Spearfish Canyon Lodge, Highway 14A (Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway) between Deadwood and Spearfish.

22 Dec

Dec 22, 2008 at 10:27 am

Boy, just three days until Christmas — yikes, I better get shopping!
Thankfully, the cold snap appears to have broken, and we are back in the temperatures the Black Hills are accustomed to … and just in time for the holidays.
Speaking of holidays, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner… now I don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Christmas, but I always like to plan ahead as well (except, of course, for shopping). So if you’re New Year’s Eve plans are still up in the air, come on out to Deadwood! Music, the ball drop and some great cash giveaways up and down Main Street and beyond wait. It really is a night for revelers…
Well, I best make that Christmas list and check it twice —
Happy Holidays to all!

15 Dec

Dec 15, 2008 at 08:45 am

The last two days have reminded me of my former years growing up in northern North Dakota. Uff da she’s chilly.
Luckily this is not commonplace in the Black Hills! When I woke up this morning, the thermometer was down to -20. I had forgotten thermometers actually went that low! But on the bright side, it’s sunny and rather nice looking outside — and the cold weather will make way for some fantastic snowmobiling conditions and help strengthen the ice on area lakes for the die-hard ice anglers. Yes, ice fishing — not quite the Grumpy Old Men style anymore, but still sitting on a frozen lake dangling a line through a hole in the ice. Yes, I know it sounds silly but if you haven’t tried it, you need to.
But speaking of snowmobiling, the Black Hills trail system is up and running. Today is the first day the groomers hit the trails, and they have plenty of snow to make some great trails.
You can view trail conditions by clicking here (Black Hills Snowmobile Trail Conditions). Stay warm and we’ll see you soon,

11 Dec

Dec 11, 2008 at 10:05 am

Attention all you fans of the white and fluffy — SNOW IS HERE! Whether it’s a trek on man-powered skis or aboard a snowmobile, it’s going to be a fantastic winter for powder hounds.
As I type this (10 a.m. on Dec. 11), snow continues to fall. While snowmobile trails don’t start being groomed until Dec. 15, there’s plenty of activity out and about. And the ski resorts are open.
Here are some links to Webcams:
Deadwood Main Street
Terry Peak

Enjoy the snow!

09 Dec

Dec 09, 2008 at 12:18 pm

It really is the best rodeo, no bull!!!

The Days of ’76, one of the Black Hills’ premiere special events for more than eight decades, has once again taken the award for Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year at rodeo’s version of the Academy Awards in Las Vegas.

Year in and year out, the Days of ’76 has been considered a favorite among the bull riders, calf ropers, saddle bronc riders, barrel racers and others who compete in this Black Hills community for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money.

The rodeo has won this award nine times in the past 10 years, an obvious indication of how special the rodeo is. Days of ’76 Committee Chairman Greg Nelson gives special credit to the the committee and many volunteers who put in countless hours to ensure the success of the event. “The great thing about this group is that the committee takes pride in getting out there and doing the work required to stage a premiere rodeo. When the contestants are competing and see the committee members out there getting dirty, they appreciate that,” he says.

“This is a very prestigious National award and Deadwood should be very proud of their rodeo,” added Nelson. “There are more than 750 PRCA rodeos each year and to be singled out as one of the best is truly an accomplishment.”

Nelson noted that coordinating an event of this scale is a year ‘round project. A 20-person board of directors, supplemented by various subcommittees and countless volunteers, makes this one of Deadwood’s largest annual events, he said. Nelson went on to express the importance of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission dedicating funds to restore the grounds and City of Deadwood employees for their hard work during the event.

This year’s Days of ’76 events will be July 21-25. For more information on the Days of ’76, call 1-800-999-1876 or go on-line at For tickets and lodging packages, call 1-888-833-2855 or go on-line at

And just when you think you’ve seen a rodeo, along comes the Days of ’76! Make plans to attend in 2009!

Until next time,

02 Dec

Dec 02, 2008 at 05:14 pm

So, how many of you were up well before the crack of dawn on “Black Friday” last week?
While shopping really isn’t my thing, I certainly do admire the gumption of folks, especially in parts of the Midwest when temperatures are well below freezing, to rise that early, wait in line, and be patient enough to get what you are after, despite hundreds of other motivated shoppers doing the same thing you are.
Yes, I’m sure plenty of folks bought new televisions and a laptop or two … really makes you think how bad the economy is, eh?
Anyway, Black Friday does overshadow Thanksgiving a wee bit, although watching friends and relatives flip through the pile of ads in the Thanksgiving Day local paper and figuring out a game plan can be entertaining. At any rate, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend.
And next year, if you want a change from the hustle and bustle, or the cooking, cleaning and hosting that comes along with Turkey Day, think Deadwood. The town is always open, and there are plenty of restaurants throughout town that offer fantastic Thanksgiving dinners. And there are also some great money-making opportunities over the weekend. Instead of waiting in line to spend money, how about going into a casino first thing Friday morning and actually having money handed to you? Yep, it happened last Friday in Deadwood. The first 500 people through the door of one casino were all given cash. Another location offered a free meal on Thanksgiving, with all the fixing’s. And there were plenty of places offering hourly drawings for cash and prizes.
So if you’re looking for a change of pace next Thanksgiving, think Deadwood.
Oh yeah, and the ski resorts opened last weekend. That’s the earliest opening date for a number of years. And as I type this, there are more flurries in the air. It’s going to be a great winter.
Check out for some great winter recreation vacation packages. Or if skiing and snowmobiling isn’t quite your cup of tea, there are other packages available.
See you soon, and enjoy the holiday season.