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9 Best Apres Ski Activities in South Dakota

By Alli Hill

9 Best Apres Ski Activities in South Dakota

When you’re taking a winter vacation in South Dakota, skiing is just the beginning. There’s so much more to look forward to once you’re done with your runs for the day. Whether it’s socializing with your friends and family or relaxing after a hard day at play, you’ll want to soak up these great apres ski activities in South Dakota for the full skiing experience. 

Get a snack with a view at Stewart Lodge at Terry Peak Ski Area

If you’re skiing at the Terry Peak Ski Area, head to the newly renovated Stewart Lodge for a snack and a view of the mountain. Their updated facility offers tons of seating, simple fare like pizza and burgers, and a fully stocked bar including specialty drinks. 

Unwind your mind at Nevada Gulch Lodge at Terry Peak Ski Area

Also at Terry Peak is the nostalgic rendezvous known as the Nevada Gulch Lodge. Here you’ll find the Dark Horse Saloon for those who crave a little nightlife with their ski trip. They’re known for live music performances, better than bar fare, and a warm crackling fire that will keep you cozy after a day’s worth of skiing.

After shredding Terry Peak watch the game at Mustang Sally’s

This funky sports bar features 23 big TVs, plenty of beer on tap, delicious hot food, and slot machines to keep you entertained. Tucked inside a retro-style building, this place is equal parts nostalgia and sports action. They also have some of the quickest service in town, perfect for hungry skiers in search of respite.

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Go tubing at Great Bear Ski Valley

If you need a change of pace from skiing one of the 14 trails at Great Bear, head over to the Kirby Family Tubing Park. This family-friendly activity is filled with thrills and will give your muscles some much-needed rest without ending the snowy fun. The lift does all the work for you, taking you to the top of their 12-lane park so you can coast down and start again. The best news: there’s no experience necessary.

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Get your game on at Electric Rainbow Arcade

This small mall arcade near Great Bear Ski Valley will melt your stresses away without sacrificing the fun factor. They still have some of the old-fashioned games you played as a kid, as well as a prize redemption counter so you can get rewarded for your efforts.

Refuel at Taphouse 41

This beer haven has some of the best food in town, not to mention there’s a beer to suit every preference. Reconnect with your group after a long day of skiing Great Bear over one of their famous burgers in their low-key surrounds and recount the day’s experiences. 

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Get social at El Vaquero

If you happen to be cross-country skiing at Lake Herman, you’ll want to warm up at the best Mexican restaurant in town, El Vaquero. Endless chips and salsa are just the beginning. They also have massive margaritas, fast service, and wallet-friendly prices. 

Spark a conversation at Alpine Inn

To make the most of your cross-country skiing weekend at Black Hills National Forest, book a stay at the Alpine Inn, then head into their restaurant for a unique meal. The whole place is conversation-worthy, plus you can eat your fill of delicious German and American fare. 

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Sip some vino at Prairie Berry Winery

This historic, multi-functional hotspot is THE place to be after a day cross-country skiing in the Black Hills National Forest. Head to the tasting room and get a free tasting of up to five unique wines, then choose which ones to take home with you. They also have a kitchen on-site serving up delicious homemade, healthy, and hearty edibles.


Alli Hill is a freelance content writer and mom of two. She spends most of her free time exploring the great outdoors by trail or by kayak. She is also the founder and director of FreelanceSpeak, a blog to support other freelance creatives.

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