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Fresh Snow Means Playtime For Black Hills

February 3, 2013, 9:56 PM by Derek Olson

Fresh Snow Means Playtime For Black Hills
LEAD, SD -

Last week brought sub-zero temperatures to much of KELOLAND. But in the Black Hills, it also brought some much needed snow showers. This weekend, people in the Hills have been using the snow to have a little fun.

"We always pray for snow around here," Chuck Miller said.

And nowhere was the fresh snow fall more welcome than on the area's snowmobile trail system.

"They were getting really spotty. There wasn't nearly enough snow up here to have fun with the trail system, but we still had a lot of people out here riding and enjoying themselves," Game, Fish & Parks Manager Dana Garry said.

As word of the snowfall spreads, officials figure it won't be long before the freshly-frosted trails are well-worn.

"Well, if everyone who has called the office actually shows up, there's going to be a lot of people out here," Garry said.

But snowmobilers aren't the only people taking advantage of last week's blast of winter weather. Skiers and snowboarders are also flocking to ride the runs at Terry Peak.

"They've been good all week, it's been getting better and better every day," Miller said.

More than a foot of fresh snow has fallen around the Black Hills over the last week. In fact, on Terry Peak they've logged around 15 inches.

"They've been trying to open up more runs every day," Miller said.

Obviously, that depends on Mother Nature.  But with some of the snowiest months of the year yet to come, winter's playmates hope that snow keeps coming.

"February and March we normally get a lot of snow, so the remainder of the year should be really good," Miller said.

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