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Great Bear Recreation Park, Sioux Falls

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Great Bear Recreation Park, more commonly referred to as Great Bear, is a small ski hill in the northeastern section of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the United States. It is owned by the city of Sioux Falls, and co-managed by Great Bear Recreation Park Inc.HistoryGreat Bear Ski Area was established in 1963 by Dennis Finke and Jerry Dirks. Great Bear started out as an old gravel pit with one rope tow and two runs. One longer run to the left of the rope tow and one shorter run to the right. Dennis and Jerry built the first chalet at the ski area. In the early days Great Bear was open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday expanding hours in the 1970s to everyday. By the early 1970s Great Bear had expanded to three rope tows and seven runs. Great Bear began expanding into a year-round recreation park in the summer of 1998. The renovation of the Chalet at Great Bear was completed December 2001 and offers a wonderful 270-degree panoramic view of the surrounding area. The 2002 completion of the Ralph and Doris Wallin Nature Trail System marked the completion of the Great Bear Expansion Project and officially opened the park to four-season use.FacilitiesThe ski hill has 12 runs with 3 lifts . It also has a Terrain park. The tubing hill has 4 runs with one lift, a handle tow. Both the ski and tubing hills have snowmaking. Mountain biking is not allowed on the trails in the summer.
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  • Great Bear is a great place to go with your family to ski, snowboard or just watch the other skiers. My daughter always wants to go their at least a couple times a year. We live 2 1/2hours away. Its r...  read more »
  • Great Bear is a great place to experience different winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing to name a few activities. Very well kept, and enjoyable for all ages. 
  • We'd never been tubing before but decided to go, as a family, the last weekend they had tubing open. It was a lot of fun and even our 3 year-old loved it so much he stole my tube to ride in it himself...  read more »
  • Only one lift with uncomfortable seats, no jumps in park, only one bathroom, good rentals, decent hill for east river.
  • I love hiking these trails, easy access and beautiful views.
  • We went December 2015. Our family had an awesome time on the tubing hill. They have a conveyer belt that you stand on to get you to the top with 10 runs. It goes fast so you can do lots of runs. Great time!
  • It's really small but I can't complain because have never been to a larger hil I guess it would be good for beginners but I think it's to much money it's around 35$ to get a day pass and rent skisor a snowboard and a helmet they have really evpensiv food
  • If you want to have fun tubbing in the snow, then this is the place for little kids and big kids.
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