The Black Hills in South Dakota saw a great winter. The first strong snowpack in nearly a decade brought plenty of skiers and snowboarders to the slopes of Terry Peak, and the ski hill's Area 76 terrain park attracted lots of local kids.

Consistent winter snows catapulted the resort well past its average snowfall - a mark that snows didn't even touch at Terry Peak during the past 10 years.

"We were able to open everything before Christmas for the first year in a long time," added Derosier. The ski season also carried strong into spring, and Terry Peak ran a full slate of March events every weekend-rail jams, races, and a winter rodeo-due to the snowpack.

The ski hill had put plans for building a village at the resort on the back burner, due to poor winters. But this winter may bring the plans up for re-evaluation. "With another good season, we might be able to revisit the village concept," said Derosier.

Meanwhile, Terry Peak looks to run its lifts this season through closing day April 5. Season passes for next winter will go on sale for half price in October.