Skiing & Snowboarding in Dubuque

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It shouldn't come as a surprise that Chestnut Mountain seems made for skiing?technically it is. The minds behind this resort transformed 220 rolling acres of snow into 19 trails, which crisscross a combined 475-foot vertical drop. Because the routes range from novice to Black Diamond, skiers of all skill levels can participate.

Another thing that makes the resort accessible to everyone: The Village Ski Center, which equips visitors with all the gear they need to conquer the mountain and all the Three's Company trivia they need to pass by its ice trolls. Here, 50 guides and instructors train students in skiing and snowboarding. During this training they often make use of the resort's Farside Terrain Park, where more than 25 rails let boarders practice tricks.

The resort even encompasses a few things that have nothing to do with snow, including three onsite restaurants and a handful of summer activities, namely mini golf and scenic cruises of the Mississippi River.

8700 W Chestnut Mountain Rd.
Galena,
IL
US

Towering cedar trees mark the edge of the slopes at Sundown Mountain, separating the wilderness from 21 scenic trails accessible by four lifts. Skiers and snowboarders also have access to two terrain parks, both of which are constantly coated with fresh powder thanks to a technologically advanced snowmaking system. First-timers can enjoy a few runs on the beginner hill after an introductory lesson. If you prefer to heed the code-orange Sasquatch alert and stay indoors, two lodges atop the mountain peak promise cozy digs and picturesque views of the countryside.

16991 Asbury Rd.
Dubuque,
IA
US

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Chestnut Mountain seems made for skiing—technically it is. The minds behind this resort transformed 220 rolling acres of snow into 19 trails, which crisscross a combined 475-foot vertical drop. Because the routes range from novice to Black Diamond, skiers of all skill levels can participate.

Another thing that makes the resort accessible to everyone: The Village Ski Center, which equips visitors with all the gear they need to conquer the mountain and all the Three's Company trivia they need to pass by its ice trolls. Here, 50 guides and instructors train students in skiing and snowboarding. During this training they often make use of the resort's Farside Terrain Park, where more than 25 rails let boarders practice tricks.

The resort even encompasses a few things that have nothing to do with snow, including three onsite restaurants and a handful of summer activities, namely mini golf and scenic cruises of the Mississippi River.

8700 W Chestnut Rd
Galena,
IL
US

By snowshoe, snowboard, toboggan, ski, or tube, winter sports enthusiasts traverse Alpine Hills Park in many ways. Visitors experience world-class terrain parks and tubing hills in a resort-like environment right in their local community. No matter what their preferred mode of adventure, they will find updated equipment, access to a comfortable warming house, and an endless supply of fresh powder.

4402 Larson Avenue
Rockford,
IL
US

  • Size: Cascade Mountain soars into the air and boasts 36 unique runs with a 460-foot vertical drop for skiers and snowboarders of all ages
  • Difficulty: the runs range from the beginner-friendly powder of Daisy Run to the more challenging bend of the Badger Bowl to the black-diamond plunge of Screamin' Steven
  • Snow Tubing: a separate snow tubing area sends riders sliding through a 1,000 foot chute?and will double its number of lanes in 2014
  • Lessons: group, private, and kids' lessons are all available on-site; the Learn to Turn package treats first-timers to an intro class and outfits them with equipment and a daylong flex ticket
  • Equipment Rental: the ski shop provides all of the necessary gear for a day on the slopes, including skis, snowboards, poles, boots, and microscopes for comparing snowflakes

W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd.
Portage,
WI
US

Over the past year, CamRock Cafe & Sport—in partnership with the Village of Cambridge and Capitol Water Trails—has transformed the Koshkonong Creek from a tricky maze of fallen trees into a clear and gentle waterway. Situated on the shore of the creek amid miles of meandering snowshoeing, mountain-biking, and cross-country-skiing trails, the café ensures that its clientele doesn't need to look far for something to do. The staff helps visitors take advantage of the terrain with bike, boat, gear, and Go-Go-Gadget 'copter rentals. Hosted events bring people together to explore the trails via bike and listen to live music back at the café, or take part in a yoga or spin class. After guests return from a sojourn, the café supplies them with more than 100 craft beers, toasted gourmet sandwiches, and Alterra coffee from the food and drink menus.

217 West Main Street
Cambridge,
WI
US