Terry Peak, the Heartland's largest ski area with over an 1,100-foot vertical drop, is running a half-price sale on season passes through the end of the month. The savings are considerable, if you're thinking of purchasing a pass.

An adult season pass is currently $280 and will go up to $560 Nov. 1.  A junior (6-12) pass is now $160 and goes up to $320.  A child (5 and under) and senior (70+) pass is $10 anytime.  The passes are good throughout the season with no blackout dates.

Alice Williamson, who lives along the state's eastern border near Sioux Falls, is a season pass holder I met at Terry Peak last season.

"Even though I live over 300 miles from the ski area the season pass at half-price is a good deal for me," she enthused as we rode a lift together.  "If I come four weekends during the season the pass has more than paid for itself.  Anything after three weekends, and it doesn't cost me a thing to ski."

A daily lift ticket was $45 last season.

Terry Peak offers over 30 runs - some up to two miles long - four chairlifts (includes two high-speed quads), a halfpipe, and freestyle terrain park.  It offers skiing and boarding for all levels, and even expert glades to test your skiing mettle.

The ski area is located just a few miles from Deadwood and all its casinos. The gaming offers a big plus for snow sports enthusiasts; low prices for lodging and dining. The discounts are designed to entice gamblers, but even in Deadwood, you don't have to give it all back at the tables.  Deadwood and Lead, both nearby, offer lots of lodging choices.

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