Ski Mystic

Ski Mystic is permanently closed.

Ski Mystic is a ski area located in the state of South Dakota in USA. The resort is in the town of Hill City, SD.

Ski Mystic is not a part of any nationwide lift pass 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 Ski Mystic.

Ski Mystic Lodging:

Ski Mystic Terrain Overview

Ski Mystic has a total of 44 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Ski Mystic is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 300 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 121 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
300(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Ski Mystic Elevation

Ski Mystic has a summit elevation of 6,850 feet, or 2,088 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,000 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 850 feet (259 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Ski Mystic's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
6,850'(2,088 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
850'(259 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,000'(1,829 m)

Ski Mystic Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
31.6out of 100
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Ski Mystic can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 60% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Ski Mystic has 300 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Ski Mystic is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 40% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 60%.
40%(120 acres)

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.

Blue Square
40%(120 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
20%(60 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Ski Mystic good for beginners?

Ski Mystic can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 60% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Ski Mystic Location

Ski Mystic is located in the state of South Dakota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Hill City, SD.

Hill City, SD 57745 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.08000, -103.63000

Getting to Ski Mystic

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Ski Mystic), its coordinates of 44.08000, -103.63000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Hill City, 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 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 Ski Mystic.

Rapid City Regional AirportRAPRapid City, SD29 mi
Gillette Campbell County AirportGCCGillette, WY96 mi
Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig AirportBFFScottsbluff, NE152 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Ski Mystic, 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 Ski Mystic.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Terry PeakLead, SD7,100 ft39%20 mi

Ski Mystic Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation6,850 ft
Base Elevation6,000 ft
Vertical Drop850 ft
(40% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres300
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Ski Mystic Mountain Stats