Now that school is back in session and football season is starting, it won't be long before the leaves start changing and the first snowfall happens.

Winter doesn't need to be dreary. It's a great time to enjoy popular seasonal outdoor activities: snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, skating, cross-country or downhill skiing, and snowboarding.

Photo Credit: Keith B. via Canva
Photo Credit: Keith B. via Canva

I don't necessarily look forward to brutally cold weather. Still, there's something to be said for the white stuff dusting the landscape, especially regarding the fluffy stuff known as fresh powder on our local midwestern ski hills.

I started snowboarding many years ago, and it's my go-to wintertime sport. I'm not looking to break any speed records or bones, so it's mainly fun to get some fun runs in when the weather and snow cooperate.

Sundown Mountain in Dubuque is one of my top choices, and now is the time to take advantage of their pre-season pass specials.

With 21 runs groomed daily, two terrain parks, four chair lifts, and a fully-lit mountain, it provides a great snowboarding and skiing option during the day and when the sun goes down. In addition, it's family-friendly, has plenty of parking, and is accessible with top-notch snowmaking equipment.

The North & South Lodges, The Barn, and Ben's Den are well-stocked with cold brews and hot food, coffee, and cocoa, so there's plenty to choose from when food or a warm-up break is required.

If you're new to the sport, I recommend a lesson or two to get up to speed on staying safe and having fun on the slopes. Sundown offers terrific lesson options to get you ready to tackle the terrain.

Dubuque's Sundown Moutain Resort Terrain Map

Photo Credit: Sundown Mountain Resort
Photo Credit: Sundown Mountain Resort

Sundown is a perfect option for learning and getting comfortable on skis or snowboards. In addition, it can get you primed for more enormous mountains and ski resorts out west should that opportunity arise.

Mark your calendar for Sundown's annual Open House and Ski Swap on Sunday, November 13, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Sundown Mountain Resort 16991 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

Enjoy chairlift rides, food, and live music. Visit the Swap Meet to buy or sell gently used ski equipment. Plus, it will be your last chance to purchase either your Weekend or Weekday Warrior Pass and Full Season Pass before the final price increase on November 14.

Sundown is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2023. To learn more, visit Sundown Mountain Resort 16991 Asbury Rd. Dubuque, IA 52002 PHONE: (563) 556-6676



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