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Black Hills snowmobile season opened Sunday

PIERRE — Snowmobile trails in the Black Hills were scheduled to open Sunday.

Although several feet of snow fell in the Black Hills during an early October blizzard, trail officials say they will need more snow to groom trails.

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The early blizzard’s heavy wet snow and high winds left much of the trail system blocked with downed trees, but all 350 miles of the snowmobile trails have been cleared. Some hazards remain off-trail, however.

Trails in eastern South Dakota opened Dec. 1, and while there was significant snow in some places, bare spots remain on the trails.

Current trail conditions are available online at and on the GF&P Outdoors mobile app.

Source: S.D. Game, Fish and Parks