Snow is the story and it seems as if it will be never-ending for us. It started in October and is still going on. To date we have had over eight feet and as I write this it is still coming down. We have had about three inches of snow in town today and about six inches up on the mountain. We are expecting more snow for tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although six inches is really just a snow flurry for us.
Our yard and our garden along with some of our Christmas decorations, the three foot high deer and train, has disappeared under this blanket of white and we may not see it or them again until mid May. Last year we had around thirty feet of snow and it’s starting to look like we could reach that number again this year, but one never knows. Our streets are open and getting around is easy even though last weekend we had four feet of snow fall.
The good thing for our area about a lot of snow is the effect it has on our economy. We are a winter recreation area so snow is essential. We have the two ski areas, the only two in SD, here and about 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that can be accessed from town. There are also large areas in the Black Hills National Forest that are open for off trail snowmobiling and the deep snow lessens the chance of an encounter with a barbed wire fence or some other pesky obstruction.
And in closing, Kathy and I would like to wish all of our family, friends and readers a happy new year and we hope that all of you have a great year to come. We have had a great year that included welcoming grand-daughter Hadley into this world along with great visits with our kids and a Thanksgiving trip to Vermont to see Neil and Lori’s new home. We also had a back pack trip that taught us we can still do it and are looking forward to more back packing this coming summer.