SPEARFISH — Officials at Ski Mystic and Terry Peak outside the Deadwood-Lead area eagerly anticipate this weekend.
“Things are looking good,” Terry Peak spokeswoman Linda Derosier said of prospects for this season. “The Stewart and Surprise slopes will be open Dec. 3 and 4.”
Derosier encourages first-timers to consider beginner packages. Lessons and equipment are included.
Terry Peak crews have worked to make snow. Derosier said others are working to get the lodges ready, and crews have worked on the lifts.
Derosier said numbers last season were really good, and hopes are to match or exceed those this season. When asked for numbers, she said the policy is to not release them.
Terry Peak will offer the same ski programs as in past years. Derosier said the ladies' program is growing, and another program enables youngsters to experience skiing with their peers. A junior race team caters to the more hard-core skiers, according to Derosier.
“We would like colder weather so we can make more snow,” Derosier said of the weekend forecast. She added some rail and box features are ready.
Season passes are being processed and may be picked up at the Stewart Lodge.
Derosier said the www.terrypeak.com website will include details as they develop.
Ski Mystic owner Mark Brockman said many diversified, fun activities will greet attendees. Attractions include a new zero gravity tube park that opened last weekend. The slopes officially open this weekend.
The tube park is not the only new attraction at Sky Mystic, formerly known as Mystic Miner. Brockman said live, local music acts will entertain daily from Dec. 15 to Jan 2.
A ski school will also make its Ski Mystic debut this season. Director John Ross formerly worked at Vail, Colo.
Brockman said more than one-half of Ski Mystic's runs are geared more toward beginners. He added those runs include some good bumps, and a skier can keep speed in check.
Five runs cater to skiers ranging in ability from moderate to expert. “Runs will offer bumps, curves, jumps, and speed,” Brockman said.
Summer work included building runs and lifts, moving the 600-foot lift, and adding a 1,000-foot lift. Current efforts have included creating snow.
Brockman looks for robust numbers this season. He said numbers of season pass holders reflect a 25 percent increase from last year. “It should be a good signal to get more people here,” Brockman added.