noted for its rolling plains and fields of corn, in winter Iowa
becomes a skier's paradise with a handful of great skiing areas
around the state.
minutes from Iowa City and as convenient to Omaha NE rises the
Mt. Crescent Ski Area providing winter sports enthusiasts with
acres of ski trails (9 in all) with some runs up to 2,000 feet
in height with a 300-foot vertical drop, as well as snowboarding
with ski and snowboard rentals, instructors are also on hand for
beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. And
with 30 inches of average snowfall, Mt. Cresent also comes fully
loaded with 20 snow cannons to keep the powder coming no matter
what the weather.
Snowboarding at Sundown Mountain
Des Moines residents, nothing comes closer than Sleepy Hollow
Sports Park located right in the city offering 9 ski trails, snowboarding
terrain, and a snowtubing hill. Family-friendly is the operative
word here as Sleepy Hollow frequently lures kids and parents with
free beginner lessons and special events day or night throughout
more serious-minded winter skiers in Des Moines can take the 40-minute
drive southwest to the Seven Oaks Ski Area located in Boone with
35 skiable acres and 11 ski trails featuring 1,675-foot summit
elevation and a 275-foot vertical drop. Snowboarders and snow
tubers are also welcome with free lessons for beginners.
For big, breathtaking
beauty, however, nothing beats Dubuque's Sundown Mountain resort
offering scenic vistas from their two mountaintop lodges (now
offering wireless Internet access) with 21 ski trails served by
6 lifts, snowboarding terrain, instruction, and "Fabulous
Friday" runs until midnight.
More about Iowa skiing and snowboarding around the Web:
Ski Reports - Check out an excellent overall guide to Iowa ski resorts
with comparisons, visitor reviews, snow reports, photos.