Palmer Gulch Offers Winter Travel Tips for your Winter Vacation in the Black Hills.

September 24, 2012

Winter vacation is approaching quickly, which means now is the time to start planning that exciting fun-filled trip you have been wanting to go on.

Instead of dreading the cold season, embrace it.  Head to the beautiful Black Hills on your winter vacation, where there are exciting activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating and more waiting for you.

A popular retreat during the winter time, the Black Hills averages 150 inches of snow every year yet has warmer temperatures than other parts of the state. This provides visitors with the perfect combination needed to have some fun in the snow.

However, warm temperatures do not always mean that traveling in the snow is less hazardous. To ease the stress of traveling in the winter, staff at Palmer Gulch Resort in Hill City SD would like to recommend a few basic winter travel tips for those who are venturing out into the area.

Winter Car Examination

The last thing you want is to be broken down in the middle of nowhere, with freezing temperatures outside. This can actually happen. Have your car examined before you leave so that it does not break down and leave you stranded. Check your antifreeze, inspect your tires, replace your wipers, inspect your brakes and check your oil -- all of these things will ease your mind as your driving in snow conditions.

Pack An Emergency Kit

Cell phone? Check. Car Charger? Check. Ice Scraper? Check. Make a check list of everything you might need, including jumper cables, salt/sand mixture, blankets, flashlight and a first aid kit. You should pack anything that might be of use if you were to break down, even if it takes up a little extra room.

Leave at least an hour early

Winter travel, whether by plane or by car, usually has delays. People on the roads are driving slower to avoid mishaps, and planes may have delays due to ice. As you plan your trip, make sure to leave ample time to get to where you are going. In addition, detours are very common in areas that receive large amounts of snow. When traveling in the Black Hills, be prepared for a change in course. Leaving early will lessen the stress of having to divert off of your original route.

Stay alert

Making frequent stops, stretching your legs, and staying hydrated will keep you alert during your travels. Traveling during the winter can be more stressful than during the summer, so keeping prepared and attentive during your drive will keep you safe as you drive to your destination.

Once you get here, cozy up by one of the fireplaces in the Lodge Palmer Gulch Resort or rent a Mountain Cabin for a big group. Go snowshoeing on one of the nearby hiking trails or relax in the hot tub and sauna. Palmer Gulch Resort has everything you need to make your winter vacation a memorable one. Visit their website to see more information.

About Palmer Gulch

To learn more about Palmer Gulch Resort, or to make a reservation, visit our website at or call 1-800-562-8503. Information packets are available for group gatherings, as well as GPS directions and maps of the area.

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