The Black Hills’ First Snow of the Season
It’s officially here! The first measurable snowfall of the season – that is. The folks up at Terry Peak Ski Area emailed me this photo just before lunch today. It’s the view uphill from Terry Peak’s Stewart Slope Lodge – and it’s a view that makes me grin from ear to ear.
Not exactly a deep powder day by any means, but a good solid inch or two in some of the higher elevations. Last year by this time in October, we had already gotten several inches of snow throughout the Black Hills region.
This first round of the white stuff will likely be melted and gone by the end of the day, but it’s a sure sign that the real winter season is just around the corner. And – for those of us chomping at the bit to get out on the slopes – that’s a very, very good thing.
Joe Rainboth is a resident of Spearfish, S.D. He grew up in the tall-corn state of Iowa, where he developed an early interest in all things outdoors. After high school he moved to Vermillion, S.D., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising.
During his college years, two things caught his attention: the beauty of western South Dakota’s Black Hills and a girl from those Black Hills. After graduating from college, Joe traveled across the country as a recruiter for the University of South Dakota. He saw the sights from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, but it was the Black Hills (and the girl) that kept drawing him back.
He and wife moved back to the Black Hills in 2008. He's an avid hiker, mountain biker and road cyclist whose future plans include trying to fit a pair of kayaks into the spare bedroom.
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