Between the snow and the day off from school, it’s been a good day for outdoor activities.
There are more flurries in the forecast and Great Bear Ski Valley is excited for the upcoming weather.
“Ultimately natural snow is good advertising for us. When people get snow in their backyard it makes them excited for winter again. It’s all about loving where you live, and in South Dakota, winter’s a big part of that,” Alexa Giebink said.
Not only does more snow bring more people out to Great Bear, it also helps their terrain.
“We have a great base of man-made snow so the colder temps that come with the natural snow helps preserve our skiing terrain and our tubing hill. It lets us continue as long as we can into March,” Giebink said.
Taking full advantage of that natural snow are some beginners at ski school.
Whitney Fowkes: What did you learn?
Luke Bagheri: Uhhh, how to turn.
Fowkes: And how do you do that?
Bagheri: You just tip your body.
Fowkes: Did you have a lot of fun?
Carson Yaeger: Yeah!
Fowkes: Do you think other kids should come to ski school?
Fowkes: Why? Whitney Fowkes asked.
Yaeger: Because they’ll have lots of fun and learn new things.
Ski school isn’t the only activity Great Bear offers.
“This Thursday, we have our women’s day. It’s a great opportunity for women around the area to come out and try skiing and snowboarding and meet other women who love being outdoors,” Giebink said.
Great Bear’s last race of the season is next week. There is also laser tubing on February 23 and March 2.