SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Terry Peak Lodge, a ski lodge, in the northern Black Hills said it was closed Thursday, Dec. 15.

A news release says the closure was because of heavy snow and high winds. Terry Peak said it has received 56 inches to 62 inches in the past 72 hours.

Linda Derosier, marketing director at Terry Peak, said the only other winter storm she could compare the past few days too was the Cattleman’s Blizzard with Winter Storm Atlas in October 2013. 

“That snowfall was a much heavier wet snowfall and of course Terry Peak wasn’t open at the time,” Derosier said. “This snowfall has been real light, fluffy and it’s beautiful snow.”

The Terry Peak Summit at around 9 a.m. on Dec. 15. KELOLAND Live Cam photo.

Derosier said with higher wind speeds chairlifts become difficult to operate and travel safety for Terry Peak workers becomes a concern. She mentioned there was no travel advised in both Lead and Deadwood. She hopes Terry Peak will be able to open Friday, but said there’s a chance it might be delayed Friday morning.

“This snow will really give us a good start for our season. It’s perfect right before Christmas,” Derosier said. “When the sun comes out and we can get out on the snow, it’s going to be fabulous.” 

KELOLAND Meteorologist Brian Karstens said this morning that the Deadwood area had received about three feet of snow this week. In Spearfish, 25 inches snow was reported.

Derosier said it has been difficult to get exact snow totals because of the wind and drifts on the ski mountain.