Sundown Mountain is an area for everyone. It has a little bit for everyone of almost all difficulty. Sundown Mountain is cut out of a cedar forest and from the top of the hill, it overlooks three different states and the Mississippi River valley, making it a very scenic area to ski or snowboard. This is a favorite in Iowa, the state that the area lays in, and has a lot to offer almost everyone who can come to it.
Sundown Mountain offers 21 runs, 30% of which are beginner, 60% are intermediate, and 10% are expert. Sundown Mountain does not have any runs that are specifically ‘advanced’, but the intermediate runs have a wide range of difficulty to accommodate. There’s 55 acres of skiable terrain to challenge, and the longest run is 1 mile long. There’s also 2 terrain parks featuring a halfpipe, as well as lots of rails and jumps.
There’s four different lifts to help skiers and snowboarders up the hill. There’s one quad lift, one triple lift, and two double lifts, as well as two rope-tolls to get people up the 475 foot vertical drop.
There’s three different bases for downtime and for family to spend time in with everything from places to eat to game rooms to fireplaces to warm up. The staff focuses on making the bases the best they can be. There isn’t any on-site overnight lodging, but there is in the surrounding areas that are easy to get to and affordable. These can be found on the Sundown Mountain website.
Tickets on the weekdays run $37, and weekends cost $45. The lifts are open 10 AM to 9 PM on weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM on Saturdays.