With a summit at 7,064 feet, Terry Peak in South Dakota is the third highest point east of the Rocky Mountains in the continental United States. Reaching this elevation means the mountain can get up to three times as much snow as anywhere else in the region. A vertical rise of 1,100 feet with 29 trails provides plenty of non-stop action and unlimited adventure. In the event of a lean Winter, Terry Peak has high-tech snowmaking equipment that can blanket 60% of the mountain with man-made powder—ensuring the conditions are great all season long.
A Little History
Beginning in 1936 The Bald Mountain Ski Club used a rope tow on Stewart Slope to offer adventure seekers a ride to the top to experience the mountain as a recreational ski hillI. Soon after, the fun ended with start of World War II. Several of the locals that were involved with the Bald Mountain Ski Club were drafted and assigned into the 10th Mountain Division.
In1952 Black Hills Chairlift Company was formed and the first wooden chairlift was installed. The first two years Black Hills Chairlift, Inc. d.b.a. Terry Peak Ski Area operated as a Summer Chairlift ride only. It was the Winter of 1954 that Terry Peak operated as a ski area for the very first time.