“Nothing You Can Do” – Sioux Falls Skiing Enthusiasts Face Frustration as Warm Winters Shut Off Ski Valley

Published 02/12/2024, 5:48 AM EST

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As the temperatures in Sioux Falls remain unseasonably warm, skiing enthusiasts are facing a disheartening reality. Outdoor activities are completely disrupted and the beloved destination for skiers and snowboarders, Great Bear Ski Valley, is temporarily closed. This change in climate has also led to the shutdown of the city’s outdoor ice rinks, leaving limited options for residents seeking winter recreation.

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Dan Grider, General Manager of Great Bear Ski Valley, expressed his concerns over the unusually mild winter. Despite the efforts of the ski resort’s snow guns, the slopes remain speckled with brown patches, rendering them unusable. With the already short skiing season in jeopardy, Grider hopes for a sudden drop in temperature to salvage the remainder of the season.

Skiing in Sioux Falls is a pipe dream this winter

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As the days go by without any substantial change in weather, the looming uncertainty only grows. This disappointment is not just felt by avid skiers, but also resonates with the entire community. Brett Kollars, the Assistant Director of Sioux Falls Parks & Rec, recognizes the frustration felt by the public because of the early closure of outdoor rinks.

Despite their efforts to promote year-round activities, the consistently warm temperatures have caused the ice to melt, leaving behind only slush and puddles in its wake. This setback becomes a poignant reminder of the unpredictable nature of weather for those who enjoy winter sports and outdoor pursuits.

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Speaking to the media about the frustrating winters, Great Bear’s General Manager Dan Grider said the upcoming forecast gave them some hope. Or else, the Great Bear may have its shortest skiing and snowboarding season yet. “It looks like we got some cold air coming in towards the end of next week. The question is, will it be cold enough?”

“56 days was our shortest, many years ago. At this rate, we’re not going to get close to that. So we’re just trying to salvage what we can,” Grider admitted. Without snow, the livelihoods of the Great Bear’s employees are at stake, highlighting the profound effect of weather on local businesses and families.

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Hopes still linger for citizens

The warm winter’s financial impact only heightens the ongoing concern. With a workforce of 250 individuals, the Great Bear Ski Valley faces considerable economic strain because of their closure. As the unreasonably warm weather lingers, optimism for a potential turnaround dwindles.

Despite remaining vigilant for any chance to resume operations, Grider and his team are bracing themselves for a premature end to the skiing season. Undoubtedly disappointed, they continue to maintain a resilient attitude, ready to adapt to whatever nature may have in store.

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Regardless of the challenges, the community unites and finds comfort in shared memories of previous winters. Though the current season may not live up to expectations, there is a sense of hope. Even amidst uncertainty, the citizens of Sioux Falls hold on to the anticipation of colder temperatures and the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities.

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