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Big Sioux Park

Bunker Hill Golf Course* - see Dubuque Ski Club Hill

Canton, IA

  • Canton, IA - northeast Iowa
  • possible rope tow at present site of Wildwood Acres Association (seasonal camping)
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.17178740586281, -90.90084137504238
  • Facebook post - Skiers and Snowboarders of the Midwest Group

Clear Creek Ranch

Davenport Country Club

Dayton Del Ski Area

Dexfield Sports Area

Dubuque Ski Club Hill (probably the same as Bunker Hill Golf Course, near hole 11)

  • Dubuque, IA - eastern Iowa (Kaufman Ave. near water level station, near Bunker Hill) -
  • o: 1952
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.51147062481716, -90.69817997191613
  • Snomad Ski Club - Encyclopedia Dubuque
  • SKIING - Encyclopedia Dubuque
  • picture -

Duck Creek (also called Mount Duck)

Fun Valley

Hickory Hills Ski Slope

Holiday Mountain Inc. (later called Riverside Hills)

Horseshoe Bend

Humboldt Winter Playground* (Playland) see Silver Creek

Kalen's Ski Area * see Ted's Ski Hill

Mount Duck* - see Duck Creek

Nob Hill Ski Area (close to Pilot Knob State Park)

Nor-Ski Runs Ski Area

Oak Highlands

Raccoon River

Riverside Hills* - see Holiday Mountain

Scott County Park Rope Tow

Silver Creek (also called Winter World, Humboldt Winter Playground; Winter Playland)

Ski-Pal Ski Area

Ski Valley+ (reopened as Seven Oaks Recreation Area)

Ski Villa

  • Waverly, IA - northeastern Iowa (north on 1st . NW past north power plant to north side of Stockwell Bridge, first turn on north side of bridge)
  • In 1978 (Skalka): 6 rope tows
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.74902709936494, -92.47766857591458 ???
  • Ski Iowa - Tourism and Travel Division, Iowa Developement Commission, 1972 (.pdf)
  • More Iowa Ski Areas - Des Moines Register, Nov. 5, 1978, p. 119

Snomad Basin* (Dubuque) see Veterans Memorial Ski Hill

Squaw Creek Park Rope Tow


Ted's Ski Hill Area - sometimes called Kalen's Ski Area

Veterans' Memorial Ski Hill (also called Snomad Basin)

Waterloo Ski Club

Winter Playland *see Silver Creek

Winter World *see Silver Creek

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Chestnut Mound ??

Pilot Knob State Park^

Wildwood Acres^ (not sure if it was ever developed)


Mt. Crescent Ski Area (Crescent Hills)

Seven Oaks Recreation Area (formerly Ski Valley)

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Sundown Mountain Resort

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The Des Moines Register Sun, Jan. 25, 1976

 Map of Present and Lost Iowa Ski Areas created by Lucas Schryver


Interesting article from the Daily Times (Davenport, Iowa), Jan. 29, 1955 by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.