Great Bear Recreation Park

Ski Resort Profile

Great Bear Recreation Park
South Dakota
United States
Phone: 605 367-4309

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About the Ski Resort

Great Bear Ski Valley opened to the public in the early 1970s. After several changes in ownership, the City of Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Department purchased the area in 1991 and entered into a partnership with Great Bear Recreation Park, Inc., a non-profit organization, to co-manage the area.

Great Bear has fun for the whole family this year! Whether you downhill ski, cross country ski, snowboard or tube, Great Bear is a place you want to be this winter!

The recreational area has 12 downhill trails serviced by a quad chairlift and 2 handle tow lifts. There is also the only Olympic size 1/2 pipe in the state of South Dakota!

Snow Tubing
Try downhill tubing at the Kirby Family Tubing Park! Six lanes of thrills and chills -- and no more walking up the hill, since the Park is outfitted with a custom-built surface-lift system.

Great Bear is conveniently located just 3 miles east of Sioux Falls.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Cross country: 6 km
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  25 %

 More Difficult:  50 %

 Most Difficult:  25 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  0 ft
Summit elevation:  0 ft
Vertical drop:  0 ft
Skiable area:  20 acres
Annual snowfall:  0 in
Snowmaking:  0 %
Number of trails:  12
Number of lifts:  2
Types of lifts:  2 Surface Lifts,
 1 Quad Chair,
 1 Tubing Lift

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Great Bear Recreation Park map

Ski Resort directions

From Sioux Falls, travel N on Minnesota Ave to Benson Rd, and then take I-299 S to Rice St, exit and go E for 2 1/2 miles to the ski area.