Terry Peak

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Terry Peak
Terry Peak is located in the United States
Terry Peak
Terry Peak
Location in the United States
Terry Peak is located in South Dakota
Terry Peak
Terry Peak
Location in South Dakota
LocationLawrence County, South Dakota, U.S.
Nearest major cityLead – 5 miles (8.0 km)
Rapid City – 50 miles (80 km)
Coordinates44°19′44″N 103°50′06″W / 44.329°N 103.835°W / 44.329; -103.835Coordinates: 44°19′44″N 103°50′06″W / 44.329°N 103.835°W / 44.329; -103.835
Vertical1,164 feet (355 m)
Top elevation7,064 feet (2,153 m)
Base elevation5,900 feet (1,798 m)
Skiable area450 acres (1.8 km2)
Runs30 total
Lift system4 chairlifts
- 3 high-speed quads
- 1 triple
1 magic carpet
Terrain parks1

Terry Peak is a mountain and ski area in the west central United States, in the Black Hills of South Dakota outside of Lead.[1] With an elevation of 7,064 feet (2,153 m) above sea level, it is the most prominent peak in the Northern Black Hills area, and the sixth highest summit in the range; the tallest is Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) at 7,244 feet (2,208 m).

The mountain was named for Alfred Howe Terry, who had explored the area.[2] It was first used as a ski area in 1936 by the Bald Mountain Ski Club when a rope tow was installed. The first chair lift was installed in 1952 and began operation in 1954. The ski area has since seen many upgrades in chair lifts, trails, and accommodations.

Currently, there are three "high speed" chairlifts (Kussy, Surprise, and Gold Corp Express, (or Blue, Yellow, and Red, respectively), which provide access to most of the runs on the mountain in a matter of minutes, as well as one traditional-speed lift (Stewart, or "Green"), and a Sno-Carpet.

Terry Peak hosted the NCAA Skiing Championships in 1971. Several radio stations have transmitter towers at the summit.

Ski area description[edit]

  • 30 runs[3][4]
  • 4 lifts (Black lift was removed and replaced by Sno-Carpet)
  • Terrain park
  • Snowmaking
  • Ski and snowboard rental

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Mountain Info". Terry Peak. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Terry Peak
  3. ^ "Terry Peak, South Dakota". GoSki.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  4. ^ "Statistics". Terry Peak. Retrieved 2008-03-04.

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