South Dakota December 22, 2017
What Real Life Looks Like Inside The Snowiest Town In South Dakota
With nearly 200 inches of snow per year, Lead, South Dakota has the most snow of any town in the state. This little town knows how to make the most of it.
According to The Weather Channel, the town of Lead gets an average of 195.9 inches of snow every year. So, what's life like in Lead during the winter?
Well, residents get a lot of use from their snowblowers and snow shovels.
They stack the firewood deep in preparation for a long winter of cold weather. When you know you might be snowed in for a few days, you're not so worried about staying warm.
After a heavy snowfall, it takes some work to dig vehicles out to go to work, but...
...some days, the snow is so deep that businesses close for a "snow day." Those are the best days of all!
On snow days, people head for the hills to play.
Winter doesn't mean that hiking season is over - you just have to put on your snowshoes first. Then, you enjoy the quiet beauty of these beautiful places that are blanketed in snow.
Swap out your everyday bike tires for fat tires that cruise right through the snow.
Spearfish Canyon Lodge (which is actually in Lead) gets tons of snow every winter. It's the perfect place to visit if you're looking for a winter getaway.
Snuggle into Sled Haus for a delicious meal, beer and the company of friends.
Residents and visitors alike celebrate the snowy weather with an epic festival. Winterfest 2018 takes place on January 25th, 26th and 27th.
Drop your Christmas tree off at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center parking lot after the holiday, then attend the huge bonfire party on Saturday, January 27th. It's just one of many cool events. For more information, visit
the festival’s website
Lead often makes the list of top 10 snowiest places in the country. While all that snow can be a huge pain to deal with, it's also a whole lot of fun to play in!
What do you think? Do you look forward to a snowy winter?
The little town of Lead also made our list of
enchanting towns that feel like you’ve fallen in a snow globe.