So far, the Sioux Falls area and the state of South Dakota have been experiencing a mild winter. There hasn't been a massive cold snap or a major snowstorm. For Sioux Falls residents who aren't big snow fans, this is a Christmas miracle. But one Sioux Falls business is itching for some crazy winter weather.

Great Bear Ski Valley in Sioux Falls is the place to be to beat the winter blues. However, snowboarders and skiers across the Sioux Empire have yet to hit the slopes at Great Bear Ski Valley.

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So when will Great Bear Ski Valley open for the season? At the time of this post, the opening date for Great Bear Ski Valley in Sioux Falls is to be determined...The weather just has not been the best for snow and snowmaking.

The hard-working staff at Great Bear Ski Valley continue to make snow as they get ready to welcome skiers and snowboarders around the Sioux Empire. They will even keep the snow piles in a safe place until the temperature drops.

SNOWMAKING UPDATE: We've continued to make snow the past few overnights, but still have some work to do. Looking at the temps this weekend, we'll keep the snow in piles to best preserve it.
We will assess conditions on Monday, December 18 and post an update regarding our target opening date!

Despite the lack of colder weather, Great Bear Ski Valley appears to be right on schedule. The staff made a Facebook post last year giving a snowmaking update along with news about an opening date.

I think I speak for most of the Sioux Empire when I say we can't wait to hit the slopes at Great Bear Ski Valley soon!

10 Wild South Dakota Snowstorms

Even though snow is blanketing the Sioux Empire, some snowstorms still do not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlighted ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the road during the winter. South Dakotans are well aware of the fact that the state’s winters can be harsh which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips: