SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – For $ 10, a grade 5 student in Sioux Falls can get skis and a lift ticket starting at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday at Great Bear Ski Valley.
“We ask them to bring their report cards,” said Dan Grider, director of Great Bear. The report is the proof of the elementary year and it is only needed once. Great Bear takes the grade 5 student’s photo and makes it into a card he can use the next time he wants to ski at designated times.
The student can also pre-register for group ski lessons for $ 20, Grider said.
The city’s ski area opened today. The 5th year program is a long-standing program at Great Bear.
Great Bear is also working with middle school students in Sioux Falls to cover the cost of skiing at a one-day event, Grider said.
Great Bear will offer discounts and special rates, but how does that compare to other seasonal options at city-owned facilities?
The city has six outdoor skating rinks. Individuals can rent ice skates at the following rates: $ 1 for ages 2 to 15; $ 2 for people 55 and over; $ 3 for 16 to 54 year olds; $ 1 on Friday evening.
Skate rental is free from January 7 to 9.
The city also operates several outdoor swimming pools and an indoor swimming pool.
Grider said Great Bear does not offer discounts similar to the seasonal pool pass structure.
For example, a summer family pool pass costs $ 100 and $ 50 for low-income families, according to the city’s website. There is also a reduced rate for seasonal subscriptions for qualified persons.
A pass for the summer season costs $ 30 for children 2 to 17 years old. The daily rate is $ 5.
The daily rate is $ 6 for those aged 18 to 54 and $ 5 for those over 55.
Regular rates for using Great Bear
A full day lift pass costs Great Bear $ 28. A full day is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Friday pass is $ 33 from noon to 10 p.m.
A full day weekend or holiday pass from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. costs $ 33 and $ 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children under 5 are free.
If equipment is required, the cost breakdown is: $ 28 for downhill or cross-country skis, boots and poles; $ 28 for skis and boots; Helmet at $ 10 only; $ 12 worth of boots only; $ 16 ski, snowboards only; 4 posts only.
Tube charges are $ 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. $ 14 for the same hours on Wednesday and Thursday and $ 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
Prices increase for weekends. A weekend morning session from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an evening session from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. are $ 17 each. An afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. costs $ 22.
Group rates are available for skiing and party rates are available for tubing.
A season ski and snowboard pass costs $ 300. A pass for a family of four costs $ 1,344.
Tubes and family passes are also available.
How do Great Bear’s rates compare to others?
A Great Bear Season Ski Pass can be used at more than five other locations.
One site is Terry Peak in Rapid City.
Terry Peak is privately owned with sponsors.
Adults 13 and over pay $ 62 for an all-day lift pass Monday through Friday and $ 47 for a half-day lift pass. The fees are $ 47 and $ 36 for ages 6 to 12 and $ 10 for those over 70.
The weekend and statutory holiday rate is $ 66 for those 13 and over, $ 50 for those 6-12 and $ 10 for those over 70. The half-day rate is $ 50, $ 38 and $ 10 in all three age groups.
A season pass purchased before October 31st costs $ 375 plus tax and after its $ 750 plus tax. It’s $ 225 and $ 450 after October 31st for those under 13. These do not include taxes.
Those 13 and over can rent skis, poles and boots all day for $ 33 and $ 25 for half a day. Those under 13 can rent the equipment for $ 28 and $ 20.
Terry Peak offers three day rates and some group rates. Terry Peak has several ski lifts and at least 25 trails.
Another twin ski area is Mount Kato in Mankato, Minnesota.
Mount Kato has 19 ski slopes, three double chairs, five quadruple chairs and two ski lifts. It is a private ski area.
Those 13 and over can get an all-day ski pass on weekends and holidays for $ 45. Free for those under 13 and seniors is $ 32. Fees for the whole day on weekdays are $ 40 and for those under 13 and seniors $ 30. Prices drop after 4:00 p.m. after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Ski equipment and snowboards can be rented for $ 30 and $ 26 in the evenings.
A season pass for 13 years and over costs $ 449. For those under 13, it’s $ 389. Discounted passes are available for students. A pass for a family of four costs $ 1,499.
Andes Tower Hills is a private ski area located in Kensington, Minnesota. It is also a sister site.
An all-day lift ticket costs $ 50 for ages 12 to 62. $ 40 for children under 11 and over 62 and $ 5 for children 6 and under. Prices are reduced after 3 p.m.
Rental of full ski equipment is $ 25. A snowboarding package costs $ 35. Cross-country skis cost $ 15 for equipment and $ 15 for a trail ticket.
Tubing tickets are $ 25 all day and $ 22 for three hours for all ages.
Andes offers promotions and discounts including a season pass discount of $ 488 for the gold level on sale and $ 900 at the regular price. A family of three and four gold passes on sale is $ 1,198 and the regular price is $ 2,220.
The Andes has three chairlifts, a high-speed conveyor belt and cable, as well as a tube conveyor belt.