Andy Van Deest, rental manager at Trailshead, said more and more people are beginning to enjoy the trails.
“January was a little down because of the lack of snow,” said Van Deest. Since last Monday (Feb. 20) we've had three feet of snow and we've had a lot more people coming out to go snowmobiling.
Van Deest said Tuesday's snow produced six inches and that he anticipates the rest of the snowmobiling season to go well.
District Park Supervisor Shannon Percy, who manages all South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks snowmobile trails in the Black Hills, said snowmobile trails are in excellent condition.
"We've been a little short on snow most of the winter, but with recent snows we're experiencing the best riding we've seen all year," he said.
Snowmobiles have one more month to enjoy the 350 miles of groomed trails in the Black Hills.
Percy reminds snowmobilers that trail conditions can be found online and on Twitter. Follow eastern trail conditions at www.twitter.com/SDsnowEast and the Black Hills conditions at www.twitter.com/SDsnowBHills.
John Rystrom, of Lead, was one of the snowmobilers getting ready to hit the trails.
“This was the first good dump (of snow) that we had this year. Snowmobiling allows you to be out by yourself and be out in nature,” Rystrom said.
Area ski resorts also prosper from the recent snow.
At Terry Peak, skiers and snowboarders were enjoying the sunshine as well as the new layer of snow.
In the past 72 hours Terry Peak has received 14 inches of new snow, six inches coming from Tuesday's storm.
One skier, Jenny Ryder of Rapid City, said she was having a blast skiing down Stewart Slope.
“The snow here is awesome and the weather was beautiful. I'm not a great skier, but I'm having a blast. I can't think of a better way to spend Leap Year Day,” Ryder said.
Teresa Stewart, Sundance, Wyo., was enjoying the day with family and friends.
“You can't ask for a better day to go skiing. I love skiing on fresh powder. It makes the experience more enjoyable,” Stewart said.
Terry Peak has a base depth of 16-22 inches.
At Recreation Springs Resort, general manager Charity Woslager said business has improved after the recent snow.
“Last week we got two-and-a-half to three feet of snow and that has helped our traffic not only on the weekends, but during the week (Monday through Thursday),” she said.
Mark Brockman, owner of Ski Mystic, said the new snow was a welcome site at his resort.
“Last week we got about three feet, which is probably the big story. It was kind of the icing on the cake,” Brockman said.
Ski Mystic has a base of 30-48 inches.
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 11:00 am