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Skiing And Gaming In The Black Hills; A Heartland Package

Terry-Peak-sun-and-snow-Terry-Peak-image Sun and snow on chairlift ride up the mountain. (Terry Peak) 

Heartland snow sports enthusiasts don’t have to fly to Lake Tahoe to mix a little gaming and skiing or enjoy the enticing lodging packages that you find there because of the casinos. Just head to Terry Peak and South Dakota’s famed Black Hills.

The Black Hills, home to the infamous town of Deadwood, offers attractive winter lodging packages meant to entice snowsports enthusiasts that also like to do a little gambling. Ski and snowboard by day and enjoy plenty of nighttime gaming action in the 80-some casinos lining the streets of this historic western town. This is where Wild Bill Hickok was killed during a poker game, and Calamity Jane is also buried here.

Rising 7,200 feet above sea level, the Black Hills are home to the highest mountain peaks between the Rockies and Europe’s Alps; higher than any mountain range along the east coast. Terry Peak, with a mountain size, 1,100-foot vertical drop, offers 28 runs – some up to two miles long – a freestyle terrain park, four chairlifts (three high-speed quads), and a surface tow. It offers skiing and boarding for all levels, and even some expert glades to test your skiing mettle. It’s the tallest ski area in the Heartland and is open on a daily basis. They routinely ski and ride into April.

The Black Hills Stay and Ski Package, good for three nights lodging and two days of skiing for two people starts from $124. Click on the link to complete the package. Lift tickets are extra, but its still a lot less expensive than a trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Alps. The total cost for the three nights and two days on the slope will be around $348 plus taxes for two people. The package is available through mid-March.

The discounts are designed to entice gamblers, but even in Deadwood, you don’t have to give it all back at the tables. It's also a lot less expensive than a trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Alps.


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