Ski Iowa

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Ski Iowa, USA

Skiing in Iowa?  Does Iowa have mountains, you ask?  Well, no, not exactly.    The Midwest of America is not known for its winter sports destinations.  However, what it lacks in mountains it makes up for in modern technology and snowmaking - if you don’t mind skiing almost solely on the man-made stuff.  It may not rival its neighbouring mountainous states, but there are some fun ski areas for skiers and boarders alike to get out in the fresh air.  Night skiing is widely available.   It’s a good place to learn, or condition those ski muscles and prepare yourself for some action in the mountains once you find your balance. 


Ski Resorts in Iowa



Fun Valley

Fun Valley has skiing for all levels of ability though is better suited for beginner and intermediates, plus boarding and a Snow Park. 14 runs and 5 lifts.


Mount Crescent

Just 15 minutes from Omaha, Mount Crescent offers a vertical drop of 300 feet, 4 lifts, 9 trails, snowboarding with a terrain park and half-pipe, snowmaking, night skiing and tubing.


Nor-Ski Ski Area

Offers Alpine skiing and snowboarding, with a vertical drop of 250 feet over 30 acres, 6 trails and 3 lifts. Longest run 1200 feet. Everything for a day of family fun. There is a ski school for alpine and lodging nearby.


Riverside Hills 

Riverside Hills Ski Resort offers a 190 foot vertical drop with 3 lifts, 6 trails. Longest run 1,400 feet and 40 acres. The runs are designated as 20% beginner, 40% intermediate and 40% advanced. Annual snowfall 60 inches. Snowmaking. Boarding is permitted but there is no terrain park.


Seven Oaks

Located 15 minutes west of Ames, Iowa, the Seven Oaks area offers skiing, boarding and tubing. All the runs are lit for night skiing. It is a nice size area for a day’s fun, with snowmaking, lessons and a restaurant and lodge.


Sleepy Hollow Park

Located in Des Moines, Sleepy Hollow is a year-round park. For winter fun they have snowmaking, lit runs, and offer tubing, skiing and boarding. They have jumps and rails and free beginner alpine ski lessons.


Sundown Mountain

Located just four miles west of Dubuque, Iowa, Sundown Mountain is a decent size, offering 21 downhill trails, 6 lifts, and a vertical drop of 475 feet. All trails are lit. The terrain park is set in nine acres and has a half pipe. Average annual snowfall of 36 inches.