Terry peak overflowing with snow seekers
LEAD — On the back of the first major weekend of the season, Terry Peak Ski Area’s general manager says it’s poised to have one of its most successful and profitable years in recent memory, with Mother Nature smiling down on the slopes.
“We’ve had a good Christmas season so far,” said Tom Marsing, president and general manager at Terry Peak. “We’re smiling.”
Marsing said that the ski resort opened full time on Dec. 15, which it’s not always able to do.
“At the beginning of the season, it depends on, first of all on Mother Nature, and what we can do with snow making,” he said. “The last couple of years prior to this one we haven’t had the Nevada Gulch side opened at all.”
Marsing explained that unless all slopes are open and available for public use, Terry Peak offers a discounted lift ticket price. This year, however, it has been able to charge full price and despite the higher prices, skiers from all over flocked to the mountain in near record numbers.
“We ran out of parking spots,” Marsing said. “We would let them come in and get rental equipment if they wanted to, but then they would have to drive down to Nevada Gulch and park down there.”
He said that on an average weekend, Terry Peak will see 2,000-2,500 visitors a day; however, between Dec. 27-29, there was an average of more than 3,000 skiers sliding down the mountain.
As is the case with so many things in the Black Hills, Mother Nature plays the most important role in the success of a skiing season, but with many more milestone weekends to come, Terry Peak is looking at very good year, potentially record breaking.
“This is setting up to be a pretty good year to do that,” Marsing said. “But still, Mother Nature is what controls it.”
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