Downhill skiing in the Black Hills is confined almost
entirely in the two Northern Hills ski resorts near Lead -- Terry
Peak and Deer Mountain. Both areas have the full compliment of ski lifts
and snow-making equipment. Deer Moutain also has some cross-country trails.
Under ideal conditions the season will run from
November to March however in recent years it has tended to be shorter
because of warm temperatures.
Only cross-country skiing is available
near Keystone, but the Bear Mountain trail, about 12 miles to the west,
is one of the best cross-country skiing areas in the Hills. Throughout
the Black Hills there are about a dozen designated cross-country ski trails.
These include both the Centennial and George S. Mickelson trails, each
110 miles in length.