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Winter at Great Bear Ski Valley

Sioux Falls’ Top Destination for Winter Fun.

Button up and come on down for unlimited winter fun at Great Bear Ski Valley. Whatever your skill level, you’ll find the perfect slopes and trails for a great day. With 14 downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, telemark skiing, 12 snow tubing lanes, cross country ski trails, and other snowsports, there is something here for people of all ages. We offer eastern South Dakota’s only tubing lift in our Kirby Family Tubing Park.

We have equipment rentals available for snow skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and adaptive skiing. 

Tips for your first visit Plan Your Trip

Great Bear is ready for you to have a great time. If this is your  first visit to Great Bear, we will help you every step of the way. Our snow park includes the following: 

  • 14 ski/snowboard downhill trails
  • Terrain park
  • 1 quad chairlift
  • 2 conveyor style lifts
  • 1 Rope tow  
  • 6 levels of  Ski/Snowboard Lessons  from our PSIA certified  SnowSports School
  • 4 mile (6 kilometer) trail system of groomed cross country ski trails. 
  • 8 to 12 tubing lanes so you won’t have to wait long to get to the top and ride down! 
  • Equipment rental

Snowmaking and Grooming 

Great Bear’s team works hard to ensure we provide the best experience for all our guests. 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!

Our Winter Trail Map Lets You Follow Your Passion.

From thrilling downhill runs and the excitement of Grizzly Terrain Park to the quiet serenity of our 4-mile trail system of cross country ski trails, there’s something for everyone at Great Bear Ski Valley. Click the link below to map out a great day on Great Bear’s trails.

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Great Bear - Physical Address

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 bear hiking trails in the summer.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 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 bear lodge.jpg

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. day-1.jpg tubing.jpg

- 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