A ski resort with terrain for all levels and closeby lodging, lots of apres ski activities and a good ski school make for great vacations on snow.
Officially known as the Hawkeye State, more familiarly as the Tall Corn State, Iowa rolls west from the Mississippi River across a lovely landscape of farms and hills. The state is home to several ski areas that benefit from a cold and snowy winter climate. The state's areas, while modest in vertical, offer lots of fun close to home for Hawkeye skiers and riders.
Mt. Crescent Ski Resort in Honey Creek has a vertical drop of 300 feet, 2 lifts and 10 trails. The longest 2,400 feet in length, and there are 50 acres at the resort. The resort supports its natural snow with 100% snowmaking, and it offers night skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing.
Seven Oaks in Boone has a vertical of 275 feet, 11 runs and a snowtubing park. The entire recreation area is 160 acres and is designed for year-round fun. It has full snowmaking coverage and is served by four lifts. There are lodging packages available from several properties in Boone and Ames.
Sundown Mountain in Dubuque, carved out of a beautiful century-old cedar forest reminiscent of Colorado, was founded in 1973. The area has 21 trails heavily weighted toward intermediate ability, 2 terrain parks and 6 lifts, including 2 conveyor carpets. It is groomed daily, and the mountain is fully lit for night skiing. It also has 150 snowguns and sticks. Total vertical drop is 475 feet.