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Winter Tips

9 Simple Tips For First-Time Skiers & Snowboarders

1) Rent Equipment at Great Bear

You don’t need to spend a bunch of money on equipment to try skiing or snowboarding. We offer everything you need to get on the slopes or trails affordably. Click here to learn more about our rental equipment. If you are coming to Great Bear for tubing, all you need to bring is yourself, warm clothes and be ready to have a good time! 

2) Be Safe

Safety is extremely important to Great Bear Ski Valley. Common sense is one of the most important aspects when having fun. Help us reduce the elements of risk involved with skiing, snowboarding and tubing by using common sense and personal awareness. The use of helmets is also recommended, but not required. Rental helmets are available at Guest Services. For more information about safety and the benefit of wearing a helmet, visit http://basics.highfivesfoundation.org.

The following is a list endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association: 

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

3) Have Fun! 

Skiing and tubing are life-long sports and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and all athletic abilities.

4) Take a Lesson

Learning the basics is a smart way to have fun and be safe on the slopes. Our PSIA instructors will have you swooshing down the slopes with confidence in no time.  Click here  to learn more about out SnowSports School.

5) Have Fun!

Bring a friend — or a group of friends.

6) Dress in Layers

Staying warm and comfortable is an important part of enjoying your day at Great Bear Ski Valley. Wearing layers of clothes allows you to maintain an ideal temperature by removing or adding clothes as weather conditions require.Your first layer of clothing should be long underwear. A warm, insulated waterproof jacket and pants for your second layer will also make your day more enjoyable. Ski socks or long socks will help keep your feet warm. High wool or polypropylene content is recommended. Bring a warm stocking cap or ski helmet. Ski/Snowboard goggles are designed for a snowing environment. Bring a polar fleece scarf or face mask to keep your face and neck area warm.  

7) Keep at it.

Skiing and snowboarding, like any sport, takes practice. The more often you get out on the slopes, the better you’ll become. But be warned, our winter sports are very addictive and you’ll be hooked for life after a few outings.

8) Visit Often!

Skiing and snowboarding is all about having fun in the great outdoors. Even the world’s best skiers had to learn sometime, so relax even if you face some challenges. We’re sure you’ll soon see, skiing and snowboarding at Great Bear Ski Valley is the ultimate way to spend a winter day.

9) Have More Fun!

It’s easy at Great Bear Ski Valley!

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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