A Guide to the Black Hills Ski Season

Whether you are a novice skier or ready to shred the back bowls, the beginning of ski season is always an exciting affair in the Black Hills! Planning on being there on opening day? Or looking forward to a mid-season trip? Check out our guide to the best ways to get on the slopes this winter season!  

Where to Rent Ski Gear this Season

There are plenty of local ski shops in the area that rent out winter sports equipment should you need it, or you can choose to rent from the ski resort. Edge Sports Ski Shops located in Lead is a great location for all your ski needs as well as Peak Sports located nearby in Rapid City.  

Best Spots for Après Ski Near Terry Peak 

After a day spent on the slopes, head in for an après ski drink or snack! You’ll find an après ski spot for every mood and budget from a ski bum’s favorite to elevated cocktails. Here are a few of our favorite spots for Black Hills après ski!  

  • The Dark Horse Saloon at Terry Peak – Hit up the locals’ favorite and end your day at The Dark Horse Saloon. Here, you’ll enjoy live music, great food, and a wonderful après ski atmosphere.  
  • Mustang Sally’s – Looking for a place with a little something for everyone? Mustang Sally’s, a sports bar located in Deadwood, is the place to be. While they’re known for having the best burgers in town, the menu also includes items like mozzarella sticks, fish and chips, wings, and more. Sip on a cold one and catch the game on one of the many TVs. You’ll love the laidback atmosphere here.  
  • Stewart Lodge Cafe / Bald Mountain Bar – Stewart Lodge is conveniently located at Terry Peak Ski area so if you’re looking to kick off après ski sooner rather than later, this is a perfect option. The cafe serves pizza, sandwiches, and burgers while Bald Mountain Bar is all about the après ski libations. Try the Baldy Mary or the Peppermint Peak, Terry Peak classics!   
  • Lewie’s Burgers and Brews – Lewies is a neighborhood burger joint just west of Lead, South Dakota. The restaurant includes a bar, restaurant, party room, and outside seating. Enjoy an ice-cold beer and watch the game, or sink your teeth into a juicy Southwestern Dakota Burger, or build your own! 

Where to Stay During Ski Season  

Ready to shred this ski season? Start planning a stay in a Black Hills vacation cabin. Prioritize time on the mountain with a rental near the slopes or book a vacation rental with a private hot tub to relax in after your day on the mountain. Check out our selection of Black Hills vacation cabins in the Black Hills area and start planning your next ski trip!