February in South Dakota usually doesn't bring sixties and sunshine. But this forecast calls for February fun-in-the-sun.
"This is going to be one of those unique weekends in Sioux Falls where you can go skiing and play golf at the same time," Great Bear Ski Valley general manager Dan Grider said.
Whether you're hitting the slopes or dusting off the clubs, it's a record-warm weekend for KELOLAND.
"It's wonderful. I brought my bag out here and I'm not sure what's in it, but I'll play with what I have and I won't swing real hard today," golfer Gary Carlson said.
"I mean how often do you get to go out in Sioux Falls in February and ski in your shorts and t-shirts," says Grider.
While skiing in the sun may be fun, it can be a struggle to keep the snow on the slopes.
"All those hours of making snow pre-season and early season are coming to fruition right now, that's why we do it. And manmade snow does actually hold up a little bit better in these warm conditions than natural snow, so the snows doing what it's supposed to do. We just need mother nature to cooperate just a little bit," Grider said.
And tending to the greens has it's challenges too.
"People are pretty understanding when they're coming out to play. They know there's going to be spots where there's some ice, they know that they're going to have to play around some stuff, but they really don't care. They're just so happy to get out," Spring Creek Country Club general manager Gerry Summa said.
Even though it's not likely to last, everyone's enjoying a slice of spring before mother nature turns her course.
"Every time we get a chance, we'll be here and play," Carlson said.
"More than anything else it just shortens the winter up for people which about this time of year, we all need," Summa said.
Great Bear is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Spring Creek Country Club, visit their website.
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