Iowa Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Iowa has three ski resorts, and they are spread evenly across the state. Iowa is located in the Midwest, so there are few mountainous areas where a ski slope could even work.

All Iowa Ski Resorts

Iowa has three ski resorts. None of the ski resorts in Iowa are associated with the IKON or EPIC nationwide passes.

Mt. CrescentHoney Creek, IA, 51542
Seven OaksBoone, IA, 50036
Sundown MountainDubuque, IA, 52002

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Iowa Ski Resorts

All the Iowa ski slopes are within the same low-to-medium difficulty range. None of the Iowa ski slopes would be considered hard, however Mt. Crescent has the most “expert” trails, so it by default is considered the most difficult in the state.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#1Mt. Crescent18%45%37%38.6%
#2Seven Oaks25%50%25%31.7%
#3Sundown Mountain40%40%20%27.8%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Iowa

With the criteria reversed, Sundown Mountain gets ranked as the easiest ski resort in Iowa, with 80% of its slopes considered either Easy or Intermediate.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#1Sundown Mountain40%40%20%28%
#2Seven Oaks25%50%25%32%
#3Mt. Crescent18%45%37%39%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Iowa

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

All of Iowa’s ski slopes are very similar in vertical drops, acreages and total trails. However, Sundown Mountain does win the title here due to the fact that it has the most of each of those three metrics.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Sundown Mountain1,059 ft584 ft475 ft5521
#2Mt. Crescent1,500 ft1,200 ft300 ft5011
#3Seven Oaks975 ft800 ft275 ft3511