Snow conditions good on entire Black Hills trail system, according to park officials

Snow conditions good on entire Black Hills trail system, according to park officials Recent snowfall in the Black Hills region has drawn scores of snowmobilers from throughout the upper Midwest. State Game, Fish and Parks officials say the snowfall came at an ideal time and has helped local businesses rebound from a very slow start.

State Trails Specialist Scott Carbonneau said grooming operations are in full swing along the 350-mile Black Hills snowmobile trails system. He added that trail conditions are the best he has seen in nearly two years.

"The entire trail system has good snow," Carbonneau said. "I was out last weekend and spent my entire time in the southern tip of the system. Many riders are heading north, expecting to find the deepest snow. But in reality, the southern trails are holding the snow quite well, and traffic is quite a bit lighter."

Trail enthusiasts can view trail reports and maps on the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks' Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/sdparks/winter or listen to snowmobile trail reports by calling (800) 445-3474.

For a copy of the trail maps brochure, contact the South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation by phone at (605) 773-3391 or by e-mail to parkinfo@gfp.state.sd.us. Information on travel and accommodations for snowmobilers is available through the S.D. Department of Tourism by visiting www.travelsd.com or by calling (800) S DAKOTA.

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