[R459R, Terry Peak Ski Area], on the western fringe of the Heartland in South Dakota’s Black Hills, is planning on skiing and riding through April 1.

They have experienced above average temperatures for much of March, but not the record highs that have been running 35 and 45 degrees above normal around the Great Lakes and most of the rest of the Heartland.

It’s as close to Rocky Mountain skiing and riding as you can get without actually going to the mountains.  The highest point in the Black Hills, near Terry Peak, is 7,200 feet above sea level, which is the highest point between the Rockies and Europe’s Alps.  It allows them to hold on to their snow longer than most Heartland Areas.

An adult lift ticket is $45 and juniors, ages 6-12, are $35.  Under 5s and over 70s go free.

Terry Peak is hosting its fifth annual Mikey P Jam this Saturday, March 24, in the terrain park.  It’s a $25 registration fee and many prizes will be awarded.  Snowboarders and skiers are welcome to compete in this freestyle event.  Competitions begin at 11 a.m.

Terry Peak, with a mountain sized 1,100-foot vertical drop, offers over 30 runs – some up to two miles long – four chairlifts (two high-speed quads), a halfpipe and freestyle terrain park.  It’s the tallest ski area in the Heartland.