Alpine skiing isn't the first activity that comes to mind when one thinks of Iowa, but with a cold enough winter to sustain snowmaking the conditions out here can be just right. Our favorite spot for local turns is Sundown Mountain, an unassuming hill that offers some of the best terrain in the region.
Levi and Benjamin got their starts a few years back on the Sundown magic carpet, and have since become strong skiers in part through their adventures up and down the hill's five old school red chairlifts. The at-times challenging weather conditions - typically wind and extreme cold - are always manageable with the warmth of the Sundown lodge just a lift away!
While this part of Iowa doesn't boast the vertical of other areas to the north and east (not to mention locales like Colorado and California) the terrain at Sundown is varied enough to provide plenty of fun on a nice set of interconnected groomers. One caveat: tree skiing is not advised unless there's been a big snowfall!
We all agree there's nothing better than family ski fun right in our own backyard!
And if you're not yet convinced, there are more reasons to love Sundown: its awesome vintage vibe and of course the sundowns!