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“Great place for all” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sundown Mountain

Sundown Mountain
16991 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52002
563-556-6676
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Ranked #13 of 21 Attractions in Dubuque
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque, Iowa is one of the best Midwest ski resorts and the premier destination to take your family skiing and snowboarding this winter! Conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest, Sundown Mountain Resort attracts skiers and snowboarders of all abilities looking for their winter adventure. At Sundown Mountain, we have something for everyone; whether you are an experienced winter enthusiast or just learning how to get down the hill, Sundown Mountain offers plenty of snowy fun and an unforgettable Midwest winter experience. Sundown is a true Midwest ski resort destination offering great snow and an unforgettable winter experience.
manchester iowa
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“Great place for all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

the facility is great for famlies. We have been there 3 times this season. Equipment is great the trails good condition. Would recomend for family outings

Visited January 2012
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Dubuque, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great skiing quality for a non-mountain ski locale”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

The lifts are fast and there are several. The hills are groomed regularly and usually have quite a good base, so skiing is possible even when there isn't much snowfall. Good mix of snowboarders and traditional skiers. They have a half pipe and other fixed thrills for those who want to try that. There are rentals skis available and they give lessons with a lift tickets.

Fast food and drinks available in lodge. Beautiful view of river valley.

Visited January 2012
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Iowa
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“Great midwest skiing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I love skiing out West in the mountains, but for a local midwest ski experience, this is good.

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Cascade, IA
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“This is fun and a local hang out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

They maintain this very well. They work well training anyone who has not yet learned how to go down a hill. Great for snowboarders and skis.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Seemed nice for a first-time skier”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

To preface this review, I should say that Sundown was my first skiing experience, and as such I have absolutely nothing to compare it to. It may be the best ski hill ever, or it may be lousy; I really wouldn't know. But I had a pretty good time there, so 4 stars seemed appropriate.

Some pluses were the reasonable-seeming prices for rentals and lift ticket (~$40 each for late-season), the sparse crowds (again late-season), and the beginner areas. We opted not to go for lessons, though those were available, and there was a pretty good expanse of beginner areas for people to become acclimated to moving around on skis. The chair lift operators were friendly and helpful as well.

The downside to me was the increase in difficulty going from the beginner area to the "easiest" full run down the hill. Again, I'd never been skiing before, so if you know what you're doing this is no big deal. But I went from feeling confident on the super-easy slope to way out of control on the regular-easy run. It probably wouldn't be feasible, but it would have been great for me if they had some more intermediate levels for people to learn on.

We brought lunch into the "lodge," which was pretty handy albeit rather bare-bones. Oh, and we went in mid-March and there was still plenty of snow, so apparently they do a good job grooming the hills. In the end, it was a pretty hard day for me, with some spectacular crashes and terrifying runs, but it sure seemed like a nice enough place if you're into skiing.

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