Turtle Soup - "Beginnings of Downhill Skiing"
April 12, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFeed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.
Ride down the slopes with us for “The Beginnings of Black Hills Downhill Skiing,” presented by author Paul Higbee and longtime Terry Peak skier/instructor Bob Morcom.
Learn how Terry Peak Ski Area got its start, what’s still to come, and about its connection to WWII.
Terry Peak was developed around the same time as other resorts in the 1930s, and it ranked with any ski region in the West. By the ‘60s, it was hard not to be aware of the ski scene. It was part of the culture of the Black Hills and still is today.
“A lot of people felt fortunate to have it right in their backyard,” Higbee says.
Terry Peak was developed with the support of the Bald Mountain Ski Club and the Homestake Gold Mine. The momentum kept going with Olympic instructors, better slopes and better equipment.
Morcom grew up on the slopes, starting his ski career at 2 years old. “If you can learn how to ski at Terry Peak, you can ski pretty much anywhere.”
Morcom’s dad and uncles were one of the first retailers in the area to sell ski equipment and clothing and were original members of the Bald Mountain Ski Club.
Admission for Turtle Soup is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.