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

An adult season pass is currently $280 and will go up to $560 on Nov. 1. A junior (six-12) pass is now only $160 and goes up to $320. A child (five and under) and senior (70+) pass is $10 anytime. The passes, good throughout the season with no blackout dates, attract multi-state skiers and riders. Click here for more details.

 

Alice Williamson, a Minnesota skier, thinks the season pass is a good deal for Gopher State residents.

 

"Even though I live in Minnesota, the season pass at half-price is a good deal for me," Williamson said. "If I visit 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.  Plus, it is real mountain skiing.

 

An adult daily lift ticket is $45 this season.

 

Terry Peak, in the Black Hills above Rapid City, offers over 30 runs—some up to two miles long—four chairlifts (including two high-speed quads), a halfpipe and a freestyle terrain park. It offers skiing and boarding for all levels—including expert glades to test your skiing mettle. It’s as close to Rocky Mountain skiing and riding as you can get without actually going to the Rockies.  The highest point in the Black Hills is over 7,000 feet above sea level.      

 

The ski area is located just a few miles from Deadwood and Lead and their many casinos. The gaming offers a big plus for skiers—making for low prices on 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. Both old mining towns offer lots of lodging choices.