Great Bear is a ski area located in the state of South Dakota in USA. The resort is in the town of Sioux Falls, SD.
Great Bear is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Great Bear. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Great Bear's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Great Bear around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Great Bear Terrain Overview
Great Bear has a total of 12 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Great Bear is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 20 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 8 hectares, 0.0 square miles, or 0.1 square kilometers.
Great Bear's slopes see on average 48 inches (15 meters) of snowfall a year.
Great Bear Elevation
Great Bear has a summit elevation of 1,541 feet, or 470 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,345 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 196 feet (60 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Great Bear has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Great Bear Difficulty Level
9.7out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Great Bear has 20 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Great Bear is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 68% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 32% trails are rated as intermediate.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Great Bear good for beginners?
Great Bear is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 68% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Great Bear Location
Great Bear is located in the state of South Dakota, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Sioux Falls, SD.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103 USA
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Getting to Great Bear
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Great Bear), its coordinates of 43.57000, -96.67000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Sioux Falls, SD to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Great Bear.
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport||MSP||Minneapolis, MN||193 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Great Bear.
|Sioux Falls Regional Airport / Joe Foss Field||FSD||Sioux Falls, SD||4 mi|
|Sioux Gateway Airport / Brigadier General Bud Day Field||SUX||Sioux City, IA||82 mi|
|Huron Regional Airport||HON||Huron, SD||96 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Great Bear, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Great Bear.
Great Bear Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,541 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,345 ft|
|Vertical Drop||196 ft|
(68% Beginner, 32% Intermediate, 0% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||48 inches|