Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter outdoor enthusiasts have flocked to Terry Peak this season, making for what General Manager and President of the lodge and ski area, Tom Marsing, calls one of the most successful and profitable years in recent memory. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the ski area opened full time December 15th, which has not always been possible in previous years.
Weather and snow-making play a large roll in which slopes the lodge opens and when, and ticketing is discounted when the lodge is operating at less than full capacity, as it has in recent years. This season, however, the weather has been favorable, and skiers have descended on the mountain in force. All slopes are open for public use and lift tickets have been available for full price, though visitors have seemed to mind.
Marsing said that an average weekend at Terry Peak this season saw 2,000-2,500 visitors per day, with that number climbing to 3,000 the weekend of December 27-29. The lodge has attracted so many visitors that overflow parking has been necessary at Nevada Gulch. With the season only beginning, the resort is looking at a potentially record-breaking run this year.
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