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Snowmaking

Snowmaking and Grooming

Great Bear works very hard to ensure we provide the best experience to everyone. We pride ourselves on being able to cover 100% of our ski, snowboard and tubing trails with the latest in snowmaking and snow grooming technology, including: 

  • 17 snow guns
  • 2 snow cats
  • Dedicated team working overnight to ensure your snow is powder fresh!

 Snowmaking

Everyone always says, “ well it is snowing outside, that has got to be snowmaking temperatures right?” Well that is wrong. It can be 30 and snowing like crazy but that is Mother Nature for you. Snow is naturally made at very high altitudes and then falls, that is the very basic science of snow for you. If you’d like to read more you can go to the website listed at the bottom of this article.

Now with man made snow, which is the majority of our snow, it is a bit more complicated. Ideally it needs to be AT MOST 25 degrees with a low humidity. We could write PAGES upon pages of snowmaking facts but our buddies at SMI do a much better job of explaining it.

Science of Snow

https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/snow/science/formation.html

Basic Snowmaking Knowledge

http://www.snowmakers.com/snowmaking-basic.html

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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/Vanderberg_K_FS-8_2.jpg 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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