Powder River Ranger District
The area received 4 to 5 inches of new snow Saturday, but conditions are still a bit spotty. “I rode last weekend. When I came off the mountain we had gotten a lot of that wet, heavy snow,” spokesman Brian Boden said. “There is still snow on the mountain for riding, it’s just not the best quality. I expect we’ll get a few more shots like we do every spring.”
The lodge on U.S. 14A at Burgess Junction picked up 5 inches with the last storm front that moved through Sunday. It’s typical spring riding conditions, but spokesman Rick Young says the area to be good to go until April. “We’re getting a couple of inches each day, but it’s supposed to snow more,” Young said. “There’s another 4 to 6 inches due in (Thursday). But the last storm did turn everything white. It looks like winter.”
Elk View Inn
The area also picked up snow with the recent storm. It features groomed trails with a 35- to 65-inch base. There has been no new snow this week, but all obstacles are covered. “We’re at 8,300 feet, so it will last awhile,” Young said. “It freezes at night, thaws in the morning. It takes until the middle of May to get rid of all of it. So we’re good to the first of April now.” The inn is located one mile west of Burgess Junction on U.S. Highway 14.
Northern Hills Ranger District
The Black Hills near Spearfish, S.D., is spotty at best and has not received any new snow in the past week.
“Around Spearfish and the Sturgis area, it’s completely gone already,” spokesman Brian Boden said. “It’s better up in the hills toward Hardy Station, near the Wyoming state line. It’s really spotty as far as snowmobiling. I don’t even know if they’re still running the groomers.” The Northern Hills Ranger District has re-opened the Eagle Cliff Cross Country Ski Area, which has been closed all winter because of logging. The easiest access to Eagle Cliff is through Newcastle on Highway 85.
Meadowlark Ski Lodge
Snow: powder machine groomed 18- to 27-inch snow base.
What’s open: All 14 trails and both lifts.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Snow: Powder and machine-groomed conditions with a base of 25 to 27 inches.
What’s open: Twelve of 24 runs and two of three lifts.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Mystic Miner Ski Resort
Snow: Hard packed, machine-groomed 18- to 22-inch base
What’s open: Forty percent, 12 of 30 trails.
Hours: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Deer Mountain. March 31: Last day of season.
Snow: Packed powder and machine-groomed snow with a base of 18 to 28 inches with 2 new inches of snow.
What’s open: 28 of 30 trails and four of five lifts.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.