Believe it or not, some of the best ski and snowboarding spots are not too far away from the Cedar Valley! Here are some of the most epic spots to ski and snowboard near Iowa! Which one is your favorite?

Sundown Mountain (Dubuque, IA)

Features include: vertical drop 475 ft, 21 runs, 2 terrain parks, 4 lifts, 2 conveyor carpets, over 150 snow guns and sticks, groomed daily, and a fully lit mountain with 166 lights.

Sundown Mountain is located in Dubuque, Iowa which is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the Cedar Valley.

Seven Oaks Recreation (Boone, IA)

Seven Oaks not only has skiing, but they also have snowboarding and snow tubing during the winter!

“We offer 600 ski rentals, 200 snowboard rentals, and 120 snow tubes to outfit all ages. Our slopes consist of 11 runs varying from beginner to expert and offer a terrain park, rail yard, beginner area and a 4 chute snow tube park. We have 2 triple chairlifts and 2 surface lifts to make your journey to the top easy,” shared from Seven Oaks’ website.

Seven Oaks is located in Boone, Iowa which is about 1 hour and 40 minutes away from the Cedar Valley

Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, IL)

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“Chestnut’s over 220 rolling acres and 475-foot vertical drop are home to 19 ski trails and a 7-acre terrain park, The Farside, featuring over 25 rails and structures. With two quad lifts, four triple chair lifts, two conveyor lifts and one surface lift, you won’t be waiting in line to get back to the peak.,” shared from Chestnut Mountain’s website.

Chestnut Mountain is located Galena, Illinois which is about 2 hours and 10 minutes away from the Cedar Valley.

Mount Kato (Mankato, MN)

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Mount Kato has an “expansive terrain with 19 trails & 8 chairlifts. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing,” shared from Mount Kato’s Facebook page.

Mount Kato is located in Mankato, Minnesota which is about 2 hours and 40 minutes away from the Cedar Valley.

MT. Crescent Ski Area (Honey Creek, IA)

This picture is from https://www.skicrescent.com/trail-map/

“Ski Runs reach up to 2,400 feet in length, that is 7 football fields long!  If there is no snow in your backyard you can always be guaranteed there is always 100% chance of Snow at Mt Crescent. Enjoy hearty, winter fare complemented by your favorite beverage or relax by the outside firepit and roast marshmallows until your next run,” shared from Mt. Crescent’s website.

Mt. Crescent Ski Area is located in Honey Creek, Iowa which is about 3 hours and 50 minutes away from the Cedar Valley.

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