Prepping the slopes for skiers and snowboarders

LEAD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - As the snow falls thoughts of winter sports come to mind. At Terry Peak we find out how they're preparing for the season and when people can go hit the slopes.

Tourism is a large part of the economy for the Black Hills and when winter rolls around more people come for the winter sports.

"It gets a lot of people here from not only North Dakota, Minnesota, Eastern South Dakota, but even Nebraska and we have a lot of Wyoming visitors as well so it's very important to our winter economy," says Linda Derosier, the marketing director at Terry Peak.

The staff at Terry Peak are doing everything they can to get the slopes ready in time for the season.

"We're excited and we should have most of our runs open by Christmas Holiday if not before so everybody's been doing a lot to get the place rolling and get the snow coverage out there," Derosier says.

At the beginning of the month snow operations began making snow and they continue to create piles, and flatten out the slopes to create perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding.

"We like to start it November first that way it gives us about a month. We like to open on the first part of December. So a good month, that's temperatures allowing so it varies a lot. Every year it's different," says Timmy Leppert the snow operations manager.

Cold weather and snow help to prepare the slopes, and so far Terry Peak is on schedule to open the weekend of December 8th and for the season December 15th. If you don't know how to ski or snowboard, that's not a problem because they can teach you here.

"All you have to do is come dressed warm, make sure you have gloves and we can rent you the equipment and we have a great ski school that will provide beginner lessons to the more expert lessons. We have over a thousand set of ski rentals and almost that many snowboards so we have plenty of equipment for everybody," says Derosier.