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Dan Grider
General Manager

Dan was first bitten by the ski bug in the mid 70’s at his local ski area, Great Bear! During the 80’s Dan was involved in his families food businesses and in 1992 was awarded the food concession contract at Great Bear. His involvement in the Great Bear operation evolved into the position of General Manager and he has been part of all of the areas expansions since 1992. What does he like most about Great Bear “I love the feeling of giving something back to the sport that has given me so much”

Jill Lerdal
Assistant GM / Events Coordinator

Jill started as a part time bartender in 2000. In 2004 the kitchen manager position opened up and with her catering background that seemed to be a good fit for a full time job (Jill’s potato salad is a Sioux Falls favorite). Her job has since grown into Assistant General Manager/Events Coordinator. One of the things she loves most about her job is having every day be different. Nothing is ever boring at The Bear.

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Kyle Vanderberg

Assistant Mountain Manager / Photographer-Videographer 

In 2008, Kyle started as a maintenance employee and immediately fell in love with snowmaking. After two years, he became Assistant Mountain Manager. Recently, his duties have expanded to include social media management and on hill photographer/videographer. Kyle enjoys the variety of his job: “There is always something to do, and it is always something different. Keeps things fast paced and energetic!”

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Alexa Giebink

Assistant Office Manager

Growing up skiing at Great Bear with her family, Lexi’s love for winter sports began at a young age. In 2010, she started as a guest services employee greeting and assisting visitors. After graduating college in 2016, Lexi was made Office Assistant. Her duties now include managing day-to-day administrative tasks and assisting departments heads. She enjoys working alongside her coworkers who share her passion for snow: “The employees at Great Bear are one big, happy family! It is such a fun place to work.”

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