- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Unseasonably warm weather hasn’t affected the skiing season in the western Black Hills, but it is causing concern in eastern South Dakota.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s later this week, which will make it impossible for Great Bear Recreation Park near Sioux Falls to make snow, KELO-TV (https://bit.ly/1w8Yqga ) reported.

“At this point, all I want is cold weather. We can make our own snow and we can put it right where we want it. I sure would like to see some natural snow. That kind of gets everybody in the mood … but all we really need right now is cold temps,” said Dan Grider, the park’s general manager.

Grinder said he plans to make more snow early this week, and probably won’t be able to do so again for a while. Since the existing snow at the park has a 10- to 14-inch base in most spots, he said it should last through the weekend.

“You know if we’re getting into the 50s, I don’t want to see any more than 2 to 3 days of that. If we get an extended stretch, 5 to 6 days, that’s going to hurt us a little bit. It is December, it’s going to get cold,” Grider said.

Every part of the park has already opened, except the tubing hill.

In the Black Hills, Sky Mystic Deer Mountain General Manager Alicia Salas said the facility had “an amazing weekend.” Salas said skiers often are surprised by the snow they find in the higher elevations, after seeing little snow elsewhere.

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Information from: KELO-TV, https://www.keloland.com


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