If you ever wanted to give skiing or snowboarding a try, Sundown Mountain, one of the lower Midwest's largest snow sports areas, is offering first timers the opportunity to try it for free with lesson and rental included. It's one of the best offers I've found in the Heartland.
The lesson takes place on Sundown's beginner hill, which has both a chairlift and a conveyor lift so each person can advance at a pace comfortable to them. The offer is good Dec. 4-24. You must be at least nine or older, and reservations are required by calling the number listed below. Openings are limited so don't wait.
Once you give skiing or snowboarding a try and discover you like it, there are all kinds of options for follow up. There are group lessons, private lessons, and three- and five-week learn to ski or ride programs. The area has one of the largest ski and ride schools in the Midwest with 120 instructors. Two of them have been nationally recognized for their contribution to the sport.
Sundown, with a vertical drop of 475 feet, offers big time skiing and riding. Located along an escarpment above Dubuque, Iowa, you can see Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, from the top of the ski area. The runs, carved through a century-old cedar forest, deliver a scenic, almost Western-like experience. The ski area features a variety of slopes and trails, and one of the best terrain parks and halfpipes in the region.
More information. Or call 888-747-3872.