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Cross Country Skiing

Explore the quiet beauty of Great Bear Ski Valley on our 4-mile trail system of groomed, cross country trails. Cross country ski rentals are available for $23.

As one of the top Nordic sports, cross-country skiing involves the navigation of snow-covered terrain, most of which relies solely on your body’s own strength and stride rather than the gravity used when going downhill. For this reason, as well as others, cross-country skiing can be an excellent form of physical fitness.

TRAIL UPDATE (4/29/19): Closed for the season

Benefits of cross-country skiing:

  • You get a full-body workout
  • Burn lots of calories
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Higher level of physical fitness
  • Promotes social engagement
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves endurance
  • Excellent form of cross-training
  • Connects you with nature

 

Trail maps are available at Guest Services. Snowshoes are also allowed on the trails, although Great Bear does not have snowshoe rentals. Great Bear does not make snow on the cross country trails and there are no lights for nighttime use.

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Come to Great Bear for skiing, snowboarding, tubing & more in Sioux Falls, SD. We also offer a location for weddings, corporate events, family reunions & more. 605-367-4309 https://greatbearpark.com/media/library/fluid-mod-setting/12/logo/greatbear-logo.svg https://greatbearpark.com/media/library/fluid-mod-page/2/slideshow_home/great bear hiking trails in the summer.jpg https://maps.google.com/?cid=3265904617079924977 5901 E Rice Street Sioux Falls SD 57110 US 43.57800230 -96.66454690 2401 W 49th Street Sioux Falls SD 57105 US 43.50791580 -96.75540070 https://www.facebook.com/GreatBearSkiValley/ https://twitter.com/GreatBearSF https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk0KBXfjy1R8PGQxJXfz8Jw https://www.instagram.com/greatbearskivalley/ Su 09:00-21:00 Mo 15:00-21:00 Tu 15:00-21:00 We 15:00-21:00 Th 15:00-21:00 Fr 09:00-22:00 Sa 09:00-21:00

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Great Bear is a great place to learn how to ski. We rent the best equipment so you can have the best day on the slopes. Our downhill and cross country ski rentals are industry-leading Rossingnol products. We also offer snowboard and adaptive ski equipment at affordable rates. Combined with an affordable season pass for your favorite area or an all-area pass, you never have to miss a second of the excitement this winter. Adaptive Ski Equipment – Great Bear has a limited supply of adaptive ski equipment available to the public at no charge. Please call 605-367-6031 for further information.

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- by , May 31, 2019
5/ 5stars
Great hiking. Greener than green. The trails were a bit muddy. We opted to stay on the more traveled roads. It was enjoyable. Heads up! Mosquitoes are treacherous. Bug spray did very little. They were less aggressive when I started explaining my political views.
- by , June 02, 2019
5/ 5stars
I haven't skied here since I was a teenager. For the area, it's a great way to spend the day on Christmas break. I recently discovered all the trails in the area. I've lived in Sioux Falls most of my life and I've been here more this summer than I have any winter! Bring your bug spray, the gnats and mosquitoes are ferocious deep in the woods.
- by , May 26, 2019
4/ 5stars
I bring my poodle here to hike frequently! It's fifteen minutes from my house. It's probably the nicest place to hike for a couple of hours that's not an hour's drive away. There are a nice assortment of trails to walk on!
- by , May 22, 2019
5/ 5stars
Had our wedding reception at Great Bear, and it was awesome!! Everything was excellent ... the food, the drinks, the decorations, ect. Jill and her team did a great job and made it very easy on us. Highly recommend this place!
- by , August 11, 2019
5/ 5stars
One of the better kept places to hike. Doesn't stink half as bad as MOST trails is Sioux Falls.
Rated 4.5/5 based on 343 customer reviews