Reverse skiing up a mountain is only possible during full moons on the summer equinox, which is why Rube Goldberg invented ski lifts. Rise to the top with today's Groupon: for $150, you get a season pass to Mt. Crescent Ski Area in Crescent, Iowa (a $299 value).
Thanks to 20 hard-working snow machines, skiers and snowboarders of all levels can zip down runs reaching up to 2,000 feet at this western Iowa resort. Although gravity will pull patrons inexorably toward the bottom of the slopes, two chairlifts return as many as 3,600 snow surfers to the top each hour, where they can take in views of the park's 50 acres, test their mettle on the challenging Double Trouble Chute, or make a snow-sculpted diorama of the entire cast of Happy Days . Afterwards, skiers can warm their toes in the newly renovated two-story lodge and replenish their bodies with a drink from the Mountain Cafe & Bar. Guests can also rent skis and snowboards for $25 or conquer the slopes on an office chair.
Mt. Crescent Ski Area
Mt. Crescent Ski Area is located 15 miles northeast of Downtown Omaha, Nebraska in the mountainous terrain of the Iowa Bluffs. Mt Crescent has been open for over 50 years. Olympic gold medalist skier, Stein Eriksen, assisted in finding the perfect spot for a new ski area in 1961. Mt. Crescent Offers ski and snowboard lessons for all ages. Mt. Crescent was built shortly after. Mt Crescent provides Midwest skiers with a variety of slopes that attract skiers both new and experienced. Thanks to 20 hard-working snow-making machines, skiers and snowboarders of all levels can zip down nine different runs reaching up to 2,000 feet, and also enjoy night skiing at this western-Iowa resort. An all season resort, Mt Crescent offers activities such as The Screaming Eagle Zip line, Mudzilla Run, Mini Me Family Mud Run, Oktoberfest, the infamous Midwest Snow Box Derby, and much more.