A Guide to Ski Resorts In Iowa

A Guide to Ski Resorts In Iowa

Winters are almost here and in a few weeks winter sports season will start too. There are a lot of options like sledding, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing available for winter sports enthusiasts in Iowa. Although Iowa gets snow only for a few months it still has quite a few reputed ski resorts. These resorts are also open in the summer season and offer camping and summer activities.

Ski Resorts For Beginners In Iowa

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park is located in Des Moines and is spread over 20 acres of land. It is a great beginner destination for skiing and snowboarding. The park opens in December and runs from Wednesday to Sunday. Sleepy Hollow sports park offers the facility for night-skiing and ski rentals. Visitors can enjoy Skiing, Snow Tubing, Zipfy and Stiga Sleds at the park. The resort is ideal for beginners as the runs are mostly green. A quad lift, two tow ropes, and three ski lifts are available at the park. The park also has artificial snowmaking machines.

Intermediate Ski Resorts In Iowa

Seven Oaks

Seven Oaks ski resort is a modest ski resort located in Boone Iowa. The resort has some pretty decent trails and is a good choice for intermediate and advanced level skiers, 38% of the trails are for beginners, 50% for intermediate, and the rest 12% for advanced level skiers. There are 11 trails at Seven Oaks and a vertical drop of 275 ft along with three freestyle terrain park areas. The resort is open all seven days of a week and offers night skiing on all days of the week except Thursday. There are four lifts in the resort with two being triple chair and two being surface lifts. Visitors can also avail facilities like Ski Lessons, Snowboard Lessons, and Equipment Rentals. Discount passes are available for seniors and children under 13.

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Mt. Crescent Ski Area is located 15 miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska in the Iowa Bluffs. This resort gives you the feel of a traditional New England style ski resort and is spread over forty acres of skiable terrain. The resort has two chairlifts, one four person and one two person with a vertical drop of 300 ft. The resort is an ideal getaway for all levels of skiers and offers 18% of beginner runs, 45% intermediate runs, and 27%of advanced runs. The resort  also has other amenities like an equipment rental shop, a 2200 feet long run, night skiing, private and group skiing and snowboarding lessons.

Advanced Ski Resorts In Iowa

Sundown Mountain Resort

Located in Dubuque, Iowa Sundown Mountain Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Iowa. The resort sits on a terrain which was previously a cedar forest and is spread over an area of 45 acres. There are runs that can be enjoyed by all levels of skiers. The resort has seven 1 quad chair, 1 triple chair, 2 double chairs, and 2 surface lifts making a total of seven ski lifts. The resort has a vertical drop of 475 feet and 4,000 foot long runs.  30% of the trail runs are for beginners, 60% for intermediate and the remaining 10% for advanced skiers. At the top of the hill skiers get to see a scenic view of the Mississippi River valley and the three states. Skiers get an opportunity to experience a range of skiing and snowboarding terrains that test their skills. Other facilities at Sundown Mountain Resort include half-pipe, mouth-watering dining experience at the North Lodge and a lounge. 

Riverside Hill Ski Resort

A very small resort located in Estherville, Iowa, Riverside Hill Ski Resort has only three ski lifts and a vertical drop of 190 feet. The resort has terrains spread over 40 acres and has over 6 trails. The resort maybe small in size but it has a lot of adventure to offer to advanced and intermediate skiers as the trails are divided as 20% for beginners and 40% each for advanced and intermediate skiers. The trails at Riverside Hills Ski Resort are covered by snowmaking machines only.

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