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“4 1/2 Would be a More Accurate Rating for Me!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Bear Recreation Park

Great Bear Recreation Park
Sioux Falls, SD 56215
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Ranked #23 of 28 attractions in Sioux Falls
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Sioux City, Iowa
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59 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“4 1/2 Would be a More Accurate Rating for Me!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My review is based on the fact that this is a smaller skiing/snowboarding recreational park where there are no mountains just hills. (I think it is unfair to give this a lower rating because the runs are short or small). I think they have done a great job making this a fun place to ski and snowboard in an area where there are no mountains and people would not otherwise be able to partake in these activities. They have really done their best to work with the landscape they have to make a fun experience.

My 9 year old sister in law went with us for her first time skiing. Her ski instructor was great! He was very friendly and encouraging. The bunny hill is very small which is awesome for beginner skiers and snowboarders and for very young kids. The only reason this isn't 5 stars for me is because there is nothing between the tiny bunny hill with very little slope and the steep hills. Most beginners would not be able to leave the extremely mild bunny hill. Again, they did what they could with the landscape they have to work with!

I think it is really cool that they have places for people to learn how to go off jumps and do some tricks. When we were there they had a race where participants had to weave in and out of the colored sticks. It was right during the Winter Olympics time, and that made it even more fun to see kids participating!

You can rent nice equipment there. They have the option to go tubing. The ski lift is nice. There is a rope lift for tubing and a little conveyer belt for the bunny slope/learning area. They do have adapted skiing and lessons for people with handicaps which is great. They have typical stadium type food which is nice if you suddenly get very hungry after hours outside. They offer some great classes for kids interested in delving deeper into winter sports. It is also a great family weekend adventure spot for people in the area. We went up from Sioux City on a Sunday and enjoyed being able to ski for the day and go back home in one day. Overall it is a fun experience. Don't ruin your day there by expecting Aspen!

Visited February 2014
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Freeman, South Dakota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Good Hiking and Skiing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

If it wasn't in this area my review would be 3 stars but for South Dakota the park is very good. I hike the trails often and sometimes ski here. Both are enjoyable experiences. The staff is pretty good. I would recommend this to anyone from the area looking for a short trip.

Visited October 2013
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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“Tubing and boarding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

If you have kids the best tubing within 100 miles is just outside of town. There are three slopes from intermediate to the thrill seeker. This is fun for us adults too by the way. This is a great place to learn how to snow board and ski too and the prices are reasonable .

Visited January 2013
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Brookings, South Dakota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Awful staff and management”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The girls at the front desk are so rude and very unhelpful. If you ask for assistance, they look at you like you are the biggest idiot....um service please. The management is just as bad. The place is ran poorly, and I would NOT go back due to the poor service by the front desk. The staff in the other areas on the other hand were very nice and helpful.

Visited January 2013
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Brookings, South Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Revamp Your Staff and Management”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The girls selling tickets were rude, snotty teenagers who didn't seem to care about anything to do with their job. They were rude to my two boys and serveral adults asking about pricing. I saw one manager present-she seemed as aloof and rude as the employees selling tickets. GM or whoever runs the place should invest in retraining, or rehiring.

Visited February 2013
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