The Black Hills in western South Dakota gets blanketed with snow each winter, making it a prime region for cross-country skiing. Throughout the region are several clubs and groups dedicated to Nordic skiing. They organize events, group skis and volunteer trail maintenance. Most clubs are open to new membership and welcome nonmembers for outings.
Black Hills Ski Club
The Black Hills Ski Club meets once a month during the ski season. Each second Thursday of the month, the ski club holds meetings, with the meeting social starting at 6 p.m. and the general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Sports Rock in downtown Rapid City. The Black Hills Ski Club manages and maintains 27 miles of cross-country ski trails in the Black Hills. Group ski events are held at Eagle Cliff, Minnesota Ridge near Roubaix Lake, Meadowlark and Deer Haven Trails. Events and group skis are open to members, nonmembers and prospective members.
The Black Hills Ski Club
P.O. Box 2781
Rapid City, SD 57709
Black Hills Regional Ski for Light
The Black Hills Regional Ski for Light is an organization dedicated to providing cross-country ski access to people with developmental or physical disabilities. Ski for Light hosts an annual ski weekend and event with cross-country guides available to assist skiers on the trails. The group has about 250 members as of 2010. All are invited to join or volunteer.
Black Hills Ski for Light
Eastern Wyoming Cross Country Skiing Teams
Based in Casper, Wyoming, the Eastern Wyoming High School Cross Country Skiing Organization operates a network of cross-country ski teams and clubs for teens and high school students. Clubs and groups are available throughout eastern Wyoming, including the eastern Wyoming section of the Black Hills. Teams from the association have competed throughout the United States. All teenage students in eastern Wyoming schools are eligible to join. In addition, there is the Magnus Learn to Ski Program offered to anyone wishing to learn the sport of cross-country skiing. Trips are offered throughout eastern Wyoming, including the Black Hills region of the state.
USSA High Plains District-Cross Country Ski
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.