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December 16, 2012 11:07 PM

Great Bear Opens For The Season

Sioux Falls, SD

Kids, teens, and adults grab their boots to carve it up at Great Bear Recreation Park. After a late start, the park is now opened for business. On their first day alone Great Bear saw over 400 people hit the slopes.

"We're all in a great mood and looking forward to a great season," said General Manager Dan Grider.

Blankets of snow may not be sitting on the ground across KELOLAND, but Great Bear said they are actively making snow and will until the hills are perfectly dusted.

"We have great snow out here, you may not have snow in your backyard," said Grider

Grider said making this snow comes down to a science.

"As long as we get the correct temps we can make snow," Grider said.

Whether you're a novice, immediate or hitting the black diamonds the park says they have something for everyone.

"This is a great place for kids to learn how to ski and snowboard. If people go out west on a regular basis this is a great place to come out and work the rust off." Grider said.

Carson, 16, hit the slopes for this first time Sunday.

"My instructor was really nice when he was teaching me to snowboard. He related to me and everything and everything I learned was from him," Grider said.

With the skiing and snowboarding, many are asking when the much anticipated tubing will open; Great Bears has an answer for that.

"We'd really like to have it open by next weekend, it's going to be close. We're making snow on it right now and as soon as we can we're going to open it up," Grider said.

From more tubing lanes to an intermediate ski area, Great Bear said they are hoping to expand it make the park more family friendly. 

"Ice skating at the Great Bear, that would just round out the whole experience," Grider said.

Great Bear says by February they hope to have a master plan for their next big expansion.

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