Sundown Mountain Ski Resort

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort 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.

Sundown Mountain Lodging:

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort 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 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
55(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort 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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,059'(323 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
475'(145 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
584'(178 m)

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
27.8out of 100
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Sundown Mountain is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 475 feet.


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.

Skiiable Area 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.
40%(22 acres)

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.

Blue Square
40%(22 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
20%(11 acres)

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 Ski Resort 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 Ski Resort Location

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Iowa, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Dubuque, IA.

Dubuque, IA 52002 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
41.89000, -93.10000

Getting to Sundown Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sundown Mountain Ski Resort), 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 Ski Resort.

Kansas City International AirportMCIKansas City, MO198 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 AirportDSMDes Moines, IA38 mi
Waterloo Regional AirportALOWaterloo, IA58 mi
The Eastern Iowa AirportCIDCedar Rapids, IA71 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sundown Mountain Ski Resort, 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 Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,059 ft
Base Elevation584 ft
Vertical Drop475 ft
(40% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres55
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Sundown Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats