Winter Activities In The Black Hills

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If you’re visiting the Black Hills in the winter, you’re going to experience a truly beautiful winter wonderland. On average, the Black Hills receives around 150 inches of snowfall per year – making it the snowiest place in all of South Dakota!

Winter isn’t just endured in the Black Hills – it’s celebrated! With a huge variety of different winter activities available and easily-accessible from Executive Lodging Rental, winter lovers are sure to delight in the recreational opportunities available in the Black Hills!

Here’s an overview of just a few of the winter activities you’ll be able to experience in the Black Hills. Take a look, and see why you should start planning your next winter vacation today!

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing can be done anywhere in the Black Hills National Forest and the Mickelson Trail. Spearfish Canyon, Big Hill, and Crow Peak all have multiple snowshoeing-friendly trails that can be hiked all year-round. With multiple trailheads, you can choose the trail that’s the best for your skill level and your family.

Don’t have snowshoes? Not a problem! South Dakota State Parks lend out snowshoes for free during the winter season! You can pick up a pair for yourself from any ranger station, and rent them either for a day or a weekend – free of charge! Click here to reserve snowshoes or make reservations for a Snowshoe Walk (Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, and 24th 2018). Call 605-584-3896.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are very popular in the Black Hills. With so much snow and mountainous terrain, the area is a winter sports lover’s paradise! There are several great ski and snowboard areas to choose from.

Terry Peak Ski Area is probably the most popular choice for winter sports enthusiasts. With 29 trails, and elevations ranging from 5,900-7,000 feet, you’re in for non-stop action!

Cross-country skiing is also popular in the Black Hills. Cheyenne Crossing near Lead on Highway 85 is a popular destination for cross-country skiers. Eagle Cliff Trails in the Black Hills National Forest also is very popular, with 21 total looping trails of varying difficulty.


If you’re more into high-octane motorsports, Snowmobiling the Black Hills can deliver! Just south of Spearfish Canyon, you can dive into 350 miles of mapped, marked, and regularly-groomed snowmobile trails – covering 1.2 million acres!

From pine forests to deep canyons, summit lookouts and everything in-between, you’ll have a blast! And local gas stations and service stations are dotted throughout the area, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of supplies! Spearfish Lodge offers snowmobile rentals seven days a week, and snowmobile passes from December 15-March 31, depending on weather conditions.

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Special Events

There are special events and festivals held all winter long in the Black Hills! Here are some of the coolest events that you won’t want to miss out on.

Winterfest, located in Lead, is also a popular special event. You’ll celebrate all things winter at this unique festival – with events like live music, fireworks, bonfires, craft beer and chili, bike races, and dozens of other special events! Typically, this event is held on the last weekend of January, every year – you won’t want to miss it!

The Sundance Winter Festival is also a fantastic time. Though you’ll have to make the journey to Sundance, Wyoming, you’ll get to see Nordic ski racing, horse-pulled “Skijoring” races, the annual “Bar Stool Race” and delicious food and drink specials throughout the entire town!

Enjoy The Winter In The Black Hills – Come To Executive Lodging Today!

At Executive Lodging, we’re the ideal destination for vacationers looking to enjoy everything that the Black Hills area has to offer during the winter. So break out those mittens and dust off that goose down coat – you’re coming to the Black Hills this winter, and you’re going to love every second of your stay at Executive Lodging!