New owners purchased [R2803R, Deer Mountain], near Deadwood, South Dakota, this summer with the intention of developing it into a year-round resort. The consortium of new owners - Union Resort, LLC and four Black Hills area businessmen - renamed the ski hill Mystic Miner at Deer Mountain in tune with local legend of a miner from the late 1800s that reappears from time to time.

The new owners already enhanced their tubing hill and built a new terrain park called Atomic Shelf. They also redesigned the ticketing and rental system to make it more customer friendly and beefed up their rental line with new gear.

The new owners also aim to improve slope conditions. "I am particularly proud of the dramatically upgraded grooming equipment we have acquired," said operations manager Keri Johnson in a news release. "It will improve the skiing on a daily basis and, most importantly, will allow us to keep the back of the mountain, where the more difficult runs are, open most of the season."

The lodge has a new look too. The restaurant updated its menu, added a coffee bar, and built a lounge called The Mine Shaft.

Mystic Miner, which opened for the season Thanksgiving Day, plans to run its lifts Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and daily during Christmas break. Check their site for updated information on the new resort.