User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Great Bear Opens For Business

December 9, 2011, 5:43 PM by Perry Groten

Great Bear Opens For Business
SIOUX FALLS, SD - For winter sports enthusiasts, it is all downhill from here.

Great Bear Recreation Park opens for the season today, and despite our lack of wintry conditions the slopes have a foot of fresh snow.

A man-made blizzard atop the slopes puts the snow-scarce winter right on track at Great Bear.

"It's been a challenge at times, but we're open, we're all happy," Great Bear Recreation Park General Manager Dan Grider said.

Snow guns have peppered the landscape since November 19th because Mother Nature has been firing blanks when it comes to providing snowcover this year.

Great Bear's 18 snowmaking machines can churn out 850 gallons a minute, as long as the temperatures do not climb any higher than 25-degrees.

"Our equipment anymore is so good, we can get it on the hill so fast that we just need these little cold snaps and we're good to go," Grider said.

Great Bear got a huge lift last year with its most profitable season ever, and there are early indicators of another successful season this year, despite its later than usual start.

"Our pre-season sales are up 25-percent, we've come off two really good seasons and that's helped, so we're really excited about that," Grider said.

Great Bear's snow guns will likely run out of their artic ammo Saturday afternoon when the weekend temperatures start heating up again.

There should be plenty of snow by then to lay the groundwork for what Great Bear hopes will be another busy winter.

"All we can do is make sure that we're ready when the temperatures are ready. We hope we do get some snow, but after that, it's all out of our hands," Grider said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Four Dead In Sisseton Shooting

11/22/2014 7:09 AM

South Dakota authorities are searching for a Sisseton man following a shooting early Saturday morning that left four people dead and another person in...

Full Story
UPDATE: Sisseton Homicide Suspect Found Dead In Home

11/22/2014 10:40 AM

Colter Richard Arbach has been located and identified as one of the four people shot and killed this morning in Sisseston.

Full Story
Sisseton In Shock After Shooting

11/22/2014 5:51 PM

It appears a Sisseton man killed three people and injured a fourth before killing himself early Saturday morning, according to the South Dakota A...

Full Story | Watch
Names Of Sisseton Shooting Victims Released

11/24/2014 10:32 AM

Authorities release the names of the people shot to death and hurt in Sisseton over the weekend.

Full Story
Three People Arrested For Deadly Stabbing In Wagner

11/23/2014 3:12 PM

Three people have been arrested after a deadly stabbing in Wagner.

Full Story


Events