Sundown Mountain is a ski area located in the state of Iowa in USA. The resort is in the town of Dubuque, IA.
We recently ranked all of Iowa's ski resorts, so you can see where Sundown Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Sundown Mountain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.
There are numerous options to stay at Sundown Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Sundown Mountain Terrain Overview
Sundown Mountain has a total of 21 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Sundown Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 55 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 22 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.2 square kilometers.
Sundown Mountain's slopes see on average 48 inches (1.2 meters) of snowfall a year.
Sundown Mountain Elevation
Sundown Mountain has a summit elevation of 1,059 feet, or 323 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 584 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 475 feet (145 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Sundown Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Sundown Mountain Difficulty Level
29out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Sundown Mountain has 55 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Sundown Mountain is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 40% trails are rated as intermediate.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Sundown Mountain good for beginners?
Sundown Mountain is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Sundown Mountain Location
Sundown Mountain is located in the state of Iowa, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Dubuque, IA.
Dubuque, IA 52002 USA
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Getting to Sundown Mountain
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sundown Mountain), its coordinates of 41.89000, -93.10000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Dubuque, IA to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Sundown Mountain.
|Kansas City International Airport||MCI||Kansas City, MO||198 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Sundown Mountain.
|Des Moines International Airport||DSM||Des Moines, IA||38 mi|
|Waterloo Regional Airport||ALO||Waterloo, IA||58 mi|
|The Eastern Iowa Airport||CID||Cedar Rapids, IA||71 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sundown Mountain, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Sundown Mountain.
Sundown Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,059 ft|
|Base Elevation||584 ft|
|Vertical Drop||475 ft|
(40% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 20% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||48 inches|